Calum MacLeod has given himself a great chance of winning a full-time Durham contract after a stunning century for the second team yesterday.
The Scotland international, who will be in the team to face England on Friday, is on trial with the Riversiders.
Yesterday he scored 103 from just 57 balls in a Twenty20 friendly against Yorkshire at York. He hit 10 fours and five sixes.
Durham won by seven wickets. MacLeod is on trial after impressing Paul Collingwood last winter.
Durham’s captain was on Scotland’s coaching staff for the World Twenty20 qualifying tournament, and was promoted to head coach for the 50-over competition, which they won.
“Calum MacLeod is a player of great potential I saw in Dubai before Christmas, more so in Twenty20 and the one-day forms,” Collingwood commented. “He’s a huge talent.
“You can see it’s a great opportunity for him and great that we can utilise these players from Scotland to see how good they actually are.
“I’d mentioned to Jon (Lewis, Durham’s coach) after we went to Dubai, that was way before his heroics in the one-day World Cup qualifiers.”
MacLeod faced Durham for Scotland last week, scoring two 40s in three 50-over friendlies at the Racecourse ground.
He commented: “I’m hoping to be involved in the Twenty20 period for the second team and see where that leads on – if I can perform well enough we’ll see where we’re at.
“It’s been a good few weeks, nice to get a few runs as well. If I was being truly greedy, I’m a little bit disappointed I hadn’t kicked on and got a big score until the Yorkshire game”
The 25-year-old scored 175, the second highest score by a player from a non-Test playing nation, against Canada in January. Durham also won the second friendly against Yorkshire by six wickets, with winter signing Graham Clark making 47 not out.
Their Twenty20 campaign begins at home to Worcestershire a week on Friday.