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Durham aim to maintain momentum

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Durham will seek to build on an encouraging win double when they host fellow strugglers Surrey in the LV= County Championship.

Paul Collingwood’s side are currently rooted to the foot of Division One, but secured a first victory of the season against Middlesex at the end of last month before defeating Australia A in a three-day fixture.

Ian Blackwell claimed seven second-innings wickets in the latter match to follow up a 63-ball 62 with the bat, yet the all-rounder continues to miss out on a place in Durham’s championship team.

Former South Africa Under-19 skipper Keaton Jennings is set to make his first-class debut after being named in a 12-man squad, which also includes England paceman Graham Onions.

Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood's Durham finally recorded a victory in their last LV= County Championship outing and will be seeking further success when they host Surrey, another side in trouble near the bottom of the table

Surrey are without seamer Stuart Meaker, who is on England Lions duty, and captain Rory Hamilton-Brown will not feature, despite making his return from compassionate leave in Wednesday’s Clydesdale Bank 40 victory over Nottinghamshire.

The match-winner in that game, Matthew Spriegel, has been included in Surrey’s squad.

Two sides in title contention meet at Taunton as Somerset, who sit fourth, take on second-placed Nottinghamshire - the only unbeaten team in Division One.

With leaders Warwickshire not starting their home game against Worcestershire until Wednesday, both teams will be keen to crank up the pressure with a strong first-day performance.

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