County Championship. Kent vDurham at Canterbury. June 08-11.
Durham have a long trip to Kent in the Championship in what will be another tough match. Durham have nothing to play for whereas Kent are going for promotion. On the injury front Durham are still without Burnham, Onions, Weighell and Carse but Chris Rushworth returns to the squad. There is however a chance that Paul Coughlin will be rested despite his superb form. Kent’s only absence is James Harris who has been recalled from his loan back to Middlesex as Steven Finn has been called up to the England squad. Harris’s return means that Mitch Claydon is likely to come into the side and will face his former club. A new face to county cricket, Yasir Shah, comes into their squad instead of James Tredwell. The Pakistan international leg spinner should be an interesting challenge for Durham’s batting lineup and may tempt them into bringing in George Harding as an extra spinner if Kent prepare their pitch to suit their new overseas star.
Kent are in top form, with Jason Gillespie as current interim coach, as their top four of Bell-Drummond, Dickson, Denly and Northeast have found runs this season. The main dangerman however is veteran Darren Stephen’s who had been dominating with bat and ball. Hopefully Durham will step up and challenge but it feels like this will be too much for the side at the moment. A potential wildcard selection for Durham would be 18 year old Matthew Potts who will travel down to the south coast. While it is unlikely that he will be picked it is a good reward for his performances in the North East Premier League.
Kent: Bell-Drummond, Dickson, Denly, Northeast, Weatherley, Stevens, Gidman, Rouse, Claydon, Yasir Shah, Coles.
Durham: Cook, Jennings, Steel, Clark, Collingwood, Richardson, Pringle, Poynter, P Coughlin, McCarthy, Rushworth.