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Stoneman inherits limited-overs role

Durham have made batsman Mark Stoneman their limited-overs captain for this season.

Mark Stoneman led Durham's limited-overs side several times last year in the absence of the injured Dale Benkenstein and Paul Collingwood

The Northumberland-born 26-year-old succeeds Dale Benkenstein, who retired in February to take a coaching role with Hampshire.

Stoneman will lead the side in the Royal London One-Day Cup, in which they will be known as ‘Durham’, and the Natwest T20 Blast, when they will be called ‘Durham Jets’.

Stoneman, who has an impressive List A batting record, averaging over 40 at a strike-rate of 95, said: "It is a great honour to captain Durham and a proud day for my family.

"I got a taste for it on a few occasions last season when Dale Benkenstein and Paul Collingwood were injured, and I enjoyed every second of it. I've learnt a lot from those guys in particular and I can't wait to get started."

Durham head coach Jon Lewis added: "This is a fitting reward for Mark and the progress he has made over the last few years. He has really improved his consistency with the bat and is a popular figure in the dressing room. He is a local lad with the best years of his career still ahead of him, and we are confident he'll make a real success of the role."

Collingwood will remain skipper in the LV= County Championship as Durham attempt to defend the Division One title.

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