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Harrison reflects on Durham rise

After breaking into Durham’s LV= County Championship team and playing an integral role in two victories, Jamie Harrison provides positive news in his latest blog for Just don’t ask him about ‘Pete Peugeot’...

The whole team’s morale is unbelievable at the moment. Last week’s win against Yorkshire put us on a roll and we’ve just got to keep that going for the last few games and hopefully win that title back.

Last week against Yorkshire - I said on Twitter it was the best win I’ve ever been involved in. The atmosphere in the changing room when we sung our song made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

You want to play in the tough games and that was top-class cricket. We had top-class opposition on a top-class pitch, the outfield was quick and it was a long and hard game. We went through the highs and lows and it was as physically and emotionally demanding as any game I’ve ever played in. That’s the standard you want to play.

I felt a big pinch in the back of my ankle when I bowled one ball. I think I might have just landed on the wrong side of a foothole for that one ball and rolled it.

It was alright playing but it just stiffened up overnight and was quite sore a couple of days later. I went for an MRI, which showed that I’d had a small impingement for the whole season in the back of my ankle.

I had a steroid injection into it and an anti-inflammatory injection and it’s fine now. I should hopefully be back for the game against Derbyshire next week.

The previous week I made my first senior appearance of the season against Surrey and got my first five-for, which was a very proud moment and what I’ve been working for since I joined Durham.

On the night of my five-for I said if we lose the game the five-for wouldn’t matter. If I contribute to the lads winning the game then the five-for means a lot more to me. Thankfully we did win, and it was massive for us considering the side we had out.

We had Usman Arshad on debut, who did really well and has done really well again this week. He’s just not looked out of place.

Woody (Mark Wood), coming back from his injuries last year, has carried on his good form throughout the year and getting a five-for was testament to how hard he works. Paul Collingwood was saying how proud he was after the match and also said well done to the academy because it was such a young side compared to Surrey.

I think we’ve got that balance right between youth and experience. Obviously we’ve got an extraordinary captain at the helm and the coaching staff, but we’ve also got that youth, enthusiasm and lads coming in and performing well on the big stage. I just think in the next couple of years Durham are going to go from strength to strength.

It’s a good thing to have in your club, a good filter system from academy to second team to first team cricket. All the young lads now have just been given more incentive to work their socks off and get as far as they can.

Things might be going well for me and Durham on the field at the moment, but around a week after my last blog I broke down travelling back from Worcester!

My car is renowned around the north east for all the worst reasons. It’s nicknamed ‘Pete Peugeot’ and is a black Peugeot 206 with white racing stripes up the middle of it. I definitely didn’t apply the racing stripes - believe me, I’ve tried to take them off with a hairdryer but it just didn’t work.

It’s just a shocker. It reminds me of myself last year - good in short spells but anything longer than an hour and a half, two hours and it’s knackered!

What happened is we played a second team game down at Worcester and had a really good win - that week when it was like being on holiday; it was red hot, 32 degrees and we got stuck in traffic by Birmingham for about two hours.

The whole thing, stopping and starting, had the engine overheating and I was in the middle lane of the M1 when my car just started to decelerate even though the accelerator was still down.

I swerved into the hard shoulder and Pete Peugeot passed out for about half an hour. Myself and Rammy Singh were stuck in a Travelodge waiting for the RAC to come and pick us up.

We got home eventually at half one in the morning, having set off at half four. It was a bit of a nightmare. The worst thing is I’m still driving the thing!

I’m just in the middle of trying to get a new car. I’m going from one extreme to another as I’ve enquired about an Audi Q5.

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