Durham County Cricket club were in the news recently with some good news heading forward, after all the troubles they have had recently so we thought we’d give them a bit of focus. If you can remember back to end of last summer when the news broke about their recent financial troubles with regards to them now struggling for cash after all their attempts to get more International cricket at their ground.
The cost of doing this seriously hampered what they could on the pitch too with them being unable to afford an overseas superstar to help them throughout the season. To be fair they did well to cope with this compared to other teams, but in the end the financial trouble they were in cost them. They were relegated from the County Championship in place of Hampshire due to this and also have restrictions in place ahead of the new season due to start in April.
Going forward then and with that in mind, Durham have recently announced the signing of South African batsmen Stephen Cook for at least the first half of the 2017 season, subject to all those clauses and conditions in getting CSA clearance. It should be a formality and then Cook will be hoping to feature from the beginning of the season until the day/night Second Division County Championship match against Worcestershire. at the end of June.
Durham head coach Jon Lewis was quoted as saying “Stephen was one of the first guys we spoke to” and went on to say the club have been in constant contact with Stephen about him becoming their overseas player for 2017. The reason Cook may have to stop playing half-way through the season, is that he could and hopefully should (if he’s playing well for Durham), be selected for South Africa’s Test Series vs England.
More good news for Durham, their opening batsman Keaton Jennings has been appointed the club’s Royal London One-Day Cup captain for 2017. It has been confirmed that the England Lions skipper will lead Durham for the duration of the 50-over competition, which begins against Derbyshire at home end the end of April time.
Keaton himself said “It’s one of those dreams as a young boy, you want to lead your side so it’s an honour to lead Durham this year”. “I’m definitely looking forward to it. The two signings we have made, Lathers & Cooky (as mentioned above) are brilliant for the squad and the guys as well”