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.

The big success stories this season


Gosforth ladies day

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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.

Michael loves to win in style

MICHAEL Di Venuto was delighted to bring a winning culture with him to Durham this season, but he is starting to wish he had not brought the same emphasis on celebrating each triumph.

Silverware is not everything

GEOFF Cook watched Durham lift their second trophy this season and could yet see them add a third, but insisted the county’s best first-class season should not be judged in silverware.

Windies loss is Durham’s gain

SHIVNARINE Chanderpaul could make a dramatic return for Durham’s final County Championship game of the season against Kent but Dale Benkenstein is just relieved he has something to dash back for after seeing his side do to Sussex what the champions have made a habit of doing to them.

Tower-ing test awaits Durham

A SEASIDE rendezvous with Lancashire may well determine Durham’s chances of clinching the LV County Championship Division One title – and a glory treble for the season.

Youngsters can cover loss

DALE Benkenstein is confident Durham’s youngsters can ensure the season has a triumphant finale in both the Pro40 League and the County Championship.

All stars up for the Challenge

STARS of Durham County Cricket Club’s victory at Lord’s are celebrating their win by playing a glamorous charity match this weekend.

Tough choices for Durham fans

DURHAM fans will have a difficult choice to make this year when they vote on the Riversiders’ top performer in what has been a memorable and historic season.

Durham aiming to out-Fox rivals

DURHAM Dynamos will look to pull off a Foxes hat-trick when they take on Leicestershire in the NatWest Pro40 League Second Division at Chester-le-Street tomorrow.

We’re keeping our cool, says Cook

DURHAM will not make any knee-jerk reactions to Thursday’s 31-run Pro40 League Division Two defeat 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.

All-star line-ups for a princely challenge

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ORGANISERS have announced their star-studded line-ups for a celebrity cricket match being played to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust.

Search is on for 22 lucky young mascots

YOUNG cricketers will be rubbing shoulders with sporting greats as mascots for the Princes Trust Challenge Trophy’s All Star Twenty20 Cricket.

Out of Harm’s way

STEVE Harmison is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a hernia operation.

"We've turned the corner"

DALE Benkenstein believes Durham have regained their momentum as he pointed to the arrival of West Indian batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul as evidence of the club’s determination to succeed this season.

Chanderpaul move proves big ambition

SHIVNARINE Chanderpaul will make his Durham debut at Guildford tomorrow in what coach Geoff Cook calls “a statement of intent” from the Riversiders.

Shiv is set for Durham debut

NEW Durham signing Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the lynchpin of the West Indies batting, will make his debut in tomorrow’s NatWest Pro40 League clash against Surrey Brown Caps at Guildford.

Durham duo are key to glory

SO now we know how Durham can win Twenty20 matches – don’t tell them they’re playing one.

Mustard tops the Durham menu

IN-FORM Durham all-rounder Phil Mustard rewarded the Dynamos’ patient fans with a match-winning innings of 49 from just 21 balls which saw the Dynamos beat Middlesex Crusaders by five wickets last night.

Durham boosts three-mendous!

DURHAM have been given a triple boost ahead of tonight’s Pro40 League floodlit game at the Riverside against Middlesex Crusaders.

Di Venuto returns at right time

GARRY Park is set to add yet another string to his bow by bowling for Durham in tonight’s floodlit Pro40 game against Middlesex.

Smith & Stoneman face fight

WILL Smith and Mark Stoneman have been warned they are fighting to keep their places in the side against Hampshire today with Australian Michael Di Venuto close to a return from injury.

Wait on for star's all-clear

DURHAM face an agonising 24 hours as they wait to see if Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be able to make his debut for them at Chester-le-Street tomorrow, with captain Dale Benkenstein keen to see his side treated fairly.

Ahmed can put Durham in spin

DURHAM will face the considerable threat of former Pakistan leg spinner Mushaq Ahmed when they attempt to get their LV County Championship campaign back on track at champions Sussex tomorrow.

Bad batting habits cost us

DALE Benkenstein has warned Durham to get out of Twenty20 mode as quickly as possible after a poor batting performance sent them tumbling to a shock defeat by Surrey yesterday.

Lord’s ticket joy

DURHAM fans were given a timely Lord’s boost after last night’s final Twenty20 Cup game against North group winners Notts Outlaws was cancelled an hour before the start of play, (writes JEFF BOWRON).

Styris hopes for fitness boost

SCOTT Styris will be named in the Durham side which will travel to the Oval to take on Surrey as the Liverpool Victoria Championship resumes this weekend.

Durham take abroad view of prospects

DURHAM, who stage their final Twenty20 Cup game against Notts Outlaws at the Riverside tonight, intend to go in to their first Lord’s final against Hampshire next month with two overseas players.

Onions: Cup defeats won’t ruin hard work

GRAHAM Onions has criticised Durham’s failure to solve their Twenty20 Cup problems as the fast bowler revealed the team exchanged harsh words in the dressing room following this week’s defeat by Yorkshire.

Grace - but again no weather favours

DURHAM’S Twenty20 Cup campaign continued to be a damp squid as rain washed out their latest match at Leicester.

Windies’ batsman interest

DURHAM are looking into the possibility of signing West Indian star Shivnarine Chanderpaul as their overseas player next season as they hope Australian opener Michael Di Venuto takes up the chance to become a European citizen.

Durham left with Much to ponder

DURHAM’S Twenty20 Cup hopes are over for another year after they lost their fourth North Group game by six wickets at home to Yorkshire Phoenix last night.

Cup defeat for Dynamos

HAVING played with too much recklessness abandonment of duty with the bat in the Twenty20 Cup this season, Durham were dumped out of the competition because of their caution last night as they crashed to their fourth defeat in six games.

Win or bust for us: Cook

DURHAM Dynamos must exact swift revenge on derby rivals Yorkshire at the Riverside tonight if they’re to keep their slim Twenty20 Cup hopes alive.

Captain reveals his blueprint

DALE Benkenstein has hit out at the complacent approach of Durham’s batsmen as the Dynamos look to salvage their Twenty20 Cup campaign against Yorkshire tonight.

Gibson aims to coach Windies

OTTIS Gibson is preparing to leave Durham at the end of the season after the veteran fast bowler revealed he has applied to become the next coach of the West Indies.

Gibson Wants Windies Role

Durham paceman Ottis Gibson has made a shock application to become the next West Indies coach.


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