Durham begin trophy quest at Emirates

HOME START ... Durham's Phil Mustard, batting, in action at the Emirates.
HOME START ... Durham's Phil Mustard, batting, in action at the Emirates.

DURHAM will begin their challenge for silverware on home turf as they host Somerset in the County Championship on April 10.

It’s a tough opening test for Paul Collingwood’s side at the Emirates ICG, with the visitors having finished second in the championship last term.

Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick penned a new three-year deal to extend his stay at the helm, and the men from Taunton will be boosted by the arrival of South African international opener Alviro Petersen.

Last year, Somerset managed five wins and 10 draws in the four-day competition, losing just once.

Durham, on the other hand, suffered a woeful start to the campaign, not winning a championship clash until scraping to a 15-run win over Middlesex at the end of July.

The men from the Emirates did manage five wins by the end of the competition, but had lost five and drawn six, finishing 30 points behind Somerset.

A rain-affected game between the two sides in the North-East last year ended in a draw, while at Taunton, Somerset won by five wickets.

Local rivals Yorkshire – promoted from Division Two last season - will visit the Emirates ICG on April 24 for a Championship clash.

Durham Dynamos kick off their Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign against Essex Eagles, who make the long trip to the North East on May 5.

The Dynamos finished fifth in Group B in 2012 – four points behind group winners Hampshire.

Durham kick-off their T20 campaign at home to Lancashire Lightning on Friday, June 28.