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Durham Hope To Play First Floodlit Fixture

Durham hope to play their first game under floodlights at Riverside when they host Derbyshire in July. The club is looking for a sponsor for the one-day game on Tuesday July 13th to help meet the cost of the lighting and to attract Sky TV coverage.

Chief executive Mike Candlish says: "It would be a great occasion and would come right in the middle of the summer just before the school holidays, so we would be hoping for a bumper family crowd." Durham, who enjoyed their best season so far last year, are hoping to build on that success to attract a larger and younger following.

This year's poor summer played havoc with crowds across the country but Durham are hoping for better luck when the Riverside hosts two World Cup games towards the end of May. Pakistan against Scotland will be played on Thursday May 20th and Australia against Bangladesh the following Thursday. The County side will play both Scotland and Pakistan in warm up games earlier in the month.

Durham will face attractive international opposition in Sri Lanka "A" on Monday July 26th. Sri Lanka the current World One day champions and are expected to include some exciting players.

There is also the prospect of a match against New Zealand on Monday June 7th providing the Kiwis fail to qualify for the Super Stage of the World Cup.

All of Durham's home games next season will be at Riverside with the exception of the four day County game against Kent which will be played at Stockton Cricket Club in partnership with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.

Worcester will provide the opposition for the first home County Championship game starting on Tuesday April 13th.

Riverside will also host the four day International between England Under 19's, which could include some Durham players, and Australia Under 19's starting on Wednesday September 1st.

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