Harmison blasts skipper’s critics

STEVE Harmison has rounded on England captain Paul Collingwood’s critics as he insisted England’s one-day series win in Sri Lanka had been soured by those who began it calling for his Durham team-mate to be sacked.

Onions and Mustard called up

DURHAM duo Graham Onions and Phil Mustard have been named in the 16-man England Performance Programme Squad for the first half of the winter.

Gibson is rewarded for superb season

OTTIS Gibson has been voted the best cricketer in England by his peers after a “perfect season” with Durham.

Phil still has to learn – Benkenstein

A MONTH after expressing his unease at the rush to push Phil Mustard into the England squad, Dale Benkenstein has endorsed the Durham gloveman’s international call-up.

Dynamic Caddick destroys Durham

FORMER England strike bowler Andy Caddick rolled back the years to dent Durham Dynamos’ NatWest Pro40 promotion hopes in a high-scoring game at Taunton.

Benk not hot on Mustard

DURHAM captain Dale Benkenstein has poured cold water on the increasing clamour to fast-track Riversiders wicketkeeper/batsman Phil Mustard into the England set-up.

Club must build on best ever campaign

NORTH-EAST cricket fans, not to mention the odd Durham player, will have woken yesterday morning nursing sore heads but feeling on top of the world after England’s newest first-class county romped to a stunning 125-run victory over Hampshire in the Friends Provident Trophy final.

Harmy doubt for Durham’s big cup day

ENGLAND pace ace Steve Harmison could miss Durham’s big day in the Friends Provident Trophy final at Lord’s on Saturday – after picking up an injury in the current championship clash against Surrey.

Rapid recovery impresses

DURHAM coach Geoff Cook has praised Steve Harmison for his determination to recover from injury as the England star prepares to make his comeback against Sri Lanka A today.

England call-up booster for Ben

ENGLAND expects great things from Wearside cricket starlet Ben Raine.

Thwarted by sprited fightback

THERE was a first County Championship century for Ben Harmison and a rare appearance from his older brother Steve, along with England team-mate Paul Collingwood, at the Riverside.

10 out of 10 for Ottis

OTTIS Gibson said the gods were on his side after becoming the only Durham player to claim all ten wickets in a first-class innings and the first bowler to do so in England for 13 years.

Price cut at Matfen

MATFEN HALL are doing well in the bright ideas department. They were to host a golf day for Paul Collingwood’s benefit year tomorrow – but now he’s been made England’s one-day cricket captain, they were asked this week to postpone it.

Local heroes in many walks of life

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ENGLAND one-day cricket captain Paul Collingwood and rock legend Mark Knopfler will head a list of North-East heroes getting honorary degrees from Sunderland University.

Harmy still a top star

Peter Moores has admitted he would welcome a change of heart from Durham's Steve Harmison if he reversed his decision to retire and boost England's options for one-day international cricket.

Morgan to take top job at ICC

David Morgan's confirmation as the next president of the International Cricket Council is expected to spark a search to find his successor as the leading figure in English cricket.

England trio to miss out

LANCASHIRE will be missing injured pair Andrew Flintoff and Saj Mahmood, along with seamer James Anderson, for tonight’s Twenty20 clash with Durham.

First one's the hardest

New England one-day captain Paul Collingwood admitted his side's 15-run defeat by West Indies in the Twenty20 opener at The Oval was a "massive learning experience".

Paul goes down all guns blazing

New England skipper leads his side from the front

Paul's now Mr Mobile

As former England captain Alan Shearer enjoys his retirement, he could be excused for allowing himself a quiet smile when he hears about the now rather hectic life of the new England one-day cricket captain, Paul Collingwood.

Gayle's ready to play despite Board row

Chris Gayle insists there is "no love lost" between himself and the West Indies Cricket Board ahead of the NatWest Twenty20 opener with England at The Oval this evening.

Colly hoping to inspire strength

Paul Collingwood is looking to build an England one-day side in his own image after insisting he will not change his combative nature as captain.

England new boy faces injury woe

England newcomer Jonathan Trott is an injury doubt for tomorrow's Twenty20 international against the West Indies after being struck on the left hand during a net session.

It's time to get serious - Prior

Matt Prior insists England must use this week's Twenty20 internationals against the West Indies to lay down a marker ahead of the World Cup in South Africa later this year, writes Alex Lowe.

One-day apathy is skipper's biggest rival

When he was unveiled as England's new one-day captain at Chester-le-Street last week, Paul Collingwood admitted it had been impossible to wipe the smile off his face for the previous 24 hours.

Lee's praise for big pal Freddy

AUSTRALIAN pace-man Brett Lee reckons Andrew Flintoff brings the “X Factor“ to the England side.

High hopes for Flintoff

England coach Peter Moores is confident Andrew Flintoff will be back in action before the end of the summer.

Windies slump to a shock defeat

Woeful West Indies suffered a setback in their build-up to the Twenty-20 double header with England this week when they crashed to a 51-run defeat against Derbyshire at the County Ground.

Warne backs new captain

Former Australia international Shane Warne has backed England's decision to choose Paul Collingwood as one-day captain.

Perfect end to a superb seven days

Last Friday he played his maiden Test on his home ground, on Monday he became the first Durham player to score an international century at the Riverside, on Tuesday he scored the winning runs as England beat the West Indies, on Wednesday he was part of the team which reached Durham's first Lord's final and on Thursday was told he would be his country's new one-day captain.

Bit hitters called up to give England bite

England have taken the first step toward a more aggressive approach to one-day cricket after naming two uncapped big hitters in their new-look one-day squad.

Colly happy to take Michael

New England skipper Paul Collingwood can envisage leading a national one-day side including former leader Michael Vaughan.

Kevin's worry for captain

Kevin Pietersen has accused Duncan Fletcher of neglecting one-day cricket during his time as England coach and admitted the new captain faces "one heck of a job" to turn the ship around.

Balance the key to Dynamos success

Durham will not be able to call on England star Paul Collingwood for the Twenty20 Cup, but the in-form Ottis Gibson, a winner in this format with Leicestershire, will be a key performer with bat and ball.

Misery for Lions in shock defeat

England suffered more one-day misery when their re-branded Lions side crashed to defeat against a makeshift West Indies in yesterday's rain-hit match at New Road.

Plunkett proves he has talent

After his man-of-the-match performance nudged England's selectors and, more importantly, booked Durham's first major Lord's final, Liam Plunkett revealed the part Ottis Gibson played in his sparkling all-round display, writes Stuart Rayner.

Dynamic duo set England on course

One is so over-enthusiastic he looks like an excitable child, the other is so laid back he can sometimes look like an ambivalent teenager, but England were once again indebted to their odd couple as they secured a 3-0 series win over the West Indies.

Cricket has to beware the folly of over-pricing

When it comes to scoring own goals, cricket is a sport with few equals and the current Test match between England and the West Indies has been no exception.

Paul picks a perfect moment to silence his critics

According to Paul Collingwood, he still lacks the necessary experience to be considered a senior Test player, but it is doubtful the Durham batsman will ever experience a better day than this as an England player - no matter how many more games he plays for his country.

Local hero now eyes up the victory

Paul collingwood hopes his dream-come-true will end with England victory over West Indies at the Riverside today.


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