SMITH TARGETS A GLORIOUS RETURN; COUNTY CRICKET.SKIPPER Will Smith hopes a return to the scene of Durham's greatest triumph will inspire yet more success for the club.
The reigning county champions return to Kent's St Lawrence Ground Coordinates: The St Lawrence Ground is a cricket ground in Canterbury, Kent and is the home of Kent County Cricket Club. The St Lawrence Ground is notable as one of the two grounds used regularly for first-class cricket that have a tree within the this evening for a Twenty20 Cup quarter-final tie (5.40pm).
Back in September, the club beat the hosts to claim a first ever championship title amid scenes of huge celebration.
Victory tonight will earn Durham a second successive place in the Twenty20 Cup finals day, which this year takes place at Edgbaston next month.
Smith said: "Last year we spent a good four days down there and most of the guys will have played that Championship game," he said.
"It's a lovely place to play cricket, it's a very old fashioned n. 1. A cocktail consisting of whiskey, bitters, and sugar, garnished with with fruit slices and often a cherry.
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Head coach Geoff Cook Geoffrey Cook (born October 9, 1951, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire) is a former English cricketer who played in 7 Tests and 6 ODIs from 1981 to 1983.
In county cricket he played for Northamptonshire County Cricket Club later moving to Durham County Cricket Club when they gained has named a 13-man squad for the fixture.
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Callum Thorp is included in the squad along with seamers Mitch Claydon, who was the leading wicket taker in the group stages, Liam Plunkett and Neil Killeen plus spinners Gareth Breese and Ian Blackwell.
Dale Benkenstein, all rounder Ben Harmison and Gordon Muchall complete the party.
Steve Harmison, Graham Onions and Paul Collingwood are unavailable for selection due to England commitments.
Durham go into the game riding high from a successful spell of cricket.
They wrapped up an innings victory over Nottinghamshire to cement their lead at the top of the Division One table, then looked on as Yorkshire held Notts to a draw in one of the Midlands club's games in hand.
Then, on Friday, Durham beat Gloucestershire by one run in the NatWest Pro40 League.
Smith, however, isn't getting carried away with suggestions that the title is in the bag.
He said: "In July you can never say someone's won or lost it at this stage. We''re not going to pay any attention to anyone who says we've won it, because there are seven games left and other teams have even more than seven games. That's 28 days of cricket and a lot of things can happen in that time."
PAKISTAN captain Younus Khan has refused to reconsider his decision to retire from Twenty20 cricket and lead Pakistan in the one-off game against Sri Lanka.
Younus retired from the limited-overs format immediately after leading Pakistan to victory in the World Twenty20 in England.
Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka culminates with a Twenty20 game in Colombo next month, but Younus has reiterated that the team would have to find another captain for that game.
"My decision is final," said the 31-year-old. "I don't consider myself fit enough for this format of the game. I had made the decision to retire even before we won the World Cup, so it's final." Durham (from): David Warner, Phil Mustard, Kyle Coetzer, Dale Benkenstein, Ian Blackwell, Will Smith, Gordon Muchall, Gareth Breese, Liam Plunkett, Ben Harmison, Mitchell Claydon, Callum Thorp, Neil Killeen
GLORY DAYS: Durham bowler Steve Harmison (right) is mobbed by team-mates after taking the final wicket of Martin Saggers as they claimed victory against Kent at the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury now they are back there as they look for another trophy