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Table-toppers are still to hit top gear says Collingwood.

Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer @StuRayner

PAUL Collingwood says he does not mind the fact Durham are yet to find top form this season, and he is excited about what could happen when they do.

The Riversiders host Worcestershire in tonight's floodlight Twenty20 clash with Collingwood admitted they still have plenty of improving too.

But given that they are top of the table in both forms of the game - albeit others can leapfrog them by winning games in hand - he sees it as a good, rather than a bad thing.

"We just seem to find a way and I don't mind that," said Collingwood, who captains the side in four-day cricket, but hands over to Mark Stoneman for the shorter formats.

"Sometimes in cricket you've just got to do that no matter what the conditions are like or the opposition is like. I've always said to the guys, man up and find a way.

"You can have coaches and experienced players as much as you want but you're the ones who have to go out into the middle. You're the one who's making the decisions. We give them a lot of responsibility and ask them to find a way."

Inconsistency has been a feature of Durham's season and inevitably it is amplified when the games are only 20 overs per side.

Saturday's comfortable defeat to Warwickshire was their third of the season in the Twenty20 competition. But four wins are more than anyone else in the northern group has managed.

Durham have played at least two more games than anyone in the group - four more than bottomplaced Northamptonshire - so their position at the top of the table is certainly a false one.

But Collingwood has seen enough in the victories to believe that the side can make a real challenge for the only major silverware they are yet to win.

"It's been a little bit inconsistent, but you do get it more in Twenty20 than in the longer forms of cricket," he explained. "I guess again we could do with scoring a few more runs but we're playing some good stuff as well. We just want to get on a roll and get the formula working.

"There's been some really exciting performances and some good cricket played, so hopefully we can keep those going whenever we play T20."

Tonight's game is due to start at 7pm.

TONIGHT'S LINE-UPS Durham (from): M D Stoneman (capt), P Mustard, C S MacLeod, P D Collingwood, G J Muchall, G Clark, J W Hastings, K K Jennings, R D Pringle, U Arshad, C Rushworth, P Coughlin.

Worcestershire Rapids (from): Daryl Mitchell (captain), Richard Oliver, Moeen Ali, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Colin Munro, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Ben Cox (wicketkeeper), Brett D'Oliveira, Joe Leach, Jack Shantry, Saeed Ajmal

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Durham's Paul Collingwood in action during the Natwest T20 Blast defeat against Warwickshire. Tonight they Jets host Worcestershire <B Richard Sellers

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2015
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