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MacLeod blow hurts Jets

Durham’s leading run-scorer Calum MacLeod is unavailable for the Jets’ NatWest T20 Blast North Group trip to face Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley tomorrow night.

The 25-year-old is currently on international duty with Scotland, who play the second of three 50-over matches against Netherlands in Glasgow tomorrow.

MacLeod has been one of Durham’s key performers in the North Group this season, blasting 274 runs.

However, the Jets will still have plenty of firepower on show in Leeds in the form of destructive duo Phil Mustard and Ben Stokes.

Mustard, at the top of the innings, played himself into form with a blistering 54 from 27 balls during Sunday’s convincing victory over Derbyshire Falcons at the Emirates Durham ICG.

England international Stokes also excelled with the bat, smashing five fours and a trio of maximums in a powerful unbeaten 49 from just 26 deliveries.

Seamer Chris Rushworth was rested for the Jets’ last three matches, including last Friday’s washout against defending champions Northants Steelbacks, but returns to Jon Lewis’ 14-man squad along with Michael Richardson.

Scotland international Calum MacLeod has struck 274 runs for Durham Jets in the NatWest T20 Blast so far this season

Paceman Graham Onions made his comeback from injury for Durham’s second XI today and is not considered.

Jack Brooks is expected to be rested once again for the Vikings’ fourth match in six days.

The former Northamptonshire seamer has been given a week off from Twenty20 action in order to recuperate for the club’s remaining LV= County Championship matches.

England trio Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett are unavailable.  

In the South Group, Surrey can close the gap on leaders Essex Eagles to two points with victory over Kent Spitfires.  

In Jason Roy, who has scored the most fours in the competition to date, they have a batsman at the top of his game.

The 23-year-old followed up his brutal 63 off 25 balls in last Friday’s impressive victory over Hampshire with a four-day century against the same opponents.

Surrey also have Kevin Pietersen, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Azhar Mahmood and Robin Peterson at their disposal.

Destructive Surrey batsman Jason Roy, who has hit the most fours in this term's Blast to date, is in the form of his life

However, Jade Dernbach is unlikely to feature due to a hamstring strain.  

Kent have opted to rest key paceman Doug Bollinger at the Kia Oval.

The Australian, who is the second top wicket-taker in the tournament with 14 victims, has a sore shoulder.

A hamstring injury sees David Griffiths join Ivan Thomas and Mark Davies on the sidelines, meaning Ben Harmison is elevated to the squad.

Spitfires head coach Jimmy Adams told the club’s official website: “We’ve had a few games recently where we haven’t quite made it over the line. 

“The tie with Glamorgan and loss to Gloucestershire were disappointing. 

“To make the play-offs we need to beat Surrey, who have been in great form, so it’s as straightforward as that.”

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