Derbyshire hoping to improve record against Durham

Derbyshire's opening Royal London One-Day Cup fixture of the season today (Thursday) sees them travel to Chester-le-Street to take on Durham in the group stage.

Thursday, 27th April 2017, 3:21 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 7:01 pm
Dominic Cork, who has starred in previous Derbyshire wins over Durham.

According to the club’s heritage officer David Griffin, this will be Derbyshire’s 983rd scheduled List A match. The two counties have met on 36 previous occasions as first-class sides, with one additional clash in the NatWest Trophy in 1985 when Durham were a minor county. That tie saw Durham triumph by seven wickets as former Derbyshire opening batsman, John Lister, came back to haunt his former side against a strong bowling attack that included Michael Holding, Ole Mortensen and Geoff Miller.

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The overall record sees Durham slightly ahead with 21 wins to 15, with one abandonment. Derbyshire have won just three of 15 List A matches at Chester-le-Street. And their highest total against Durham is 281-9 at Jesmond in the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1992 when John Morris scored a superb 121 from 118 balls before Dominic Cork’s 4-39 ensured an 80-run victory.

Four other Derbyshire players have recorded centuries against Durham -– Chris Adams, Matt Cassar, Chris Taylor and Ben Slater. Just two bowlers, Cork and Rob Bailey, have taken five wickets in an innings against them.