Somerset still a danger - Breese
Durham all-rounder Gareth Breese has warned his team-mates not to underestimate Somerset should they be without skipper Marcus Trescothick for Sunday's Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-final.
Trescothick, the leading scorer in the LV= County Championship this summer and one of the most dangerous batsmen in the limited-overs game, suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury in Monday’s victory over Essex and faces a battle to feature again this season.
However, Breese believes Durham could be punished at Taunton if they approach the tie against last year’s runners-up feeling complacent.
“I don’t think we’ll be looking at the fact that Trescothick isn’t playing as an advantage,” he told ecb.co.uk. “They’ve got a spectacular batting line-up and I am sure they will be wanting to prove they can do well without him.
“They want to prove themselves without Trescothick and we have to make sure we’re ready to counter that. That’s just one thing that we will have in the back of our minds.”
Breese is confident Durham, who qualified for the last four as the best runners-up in the group phase, have the tools at their disposal to make it through to the final at Lord’s on September 17.
“Quality is not the issue,” he said. “It’s whether we come out on the day and do the job. We’ve definitely got quality and the guys who’ve got experience know that it’s never over until it’s over.
“We have a very good chance of making it through. We’ve been playing some decent cricket and some of the guys are coming into form at the right time.
“Everyone else has been pulling their weight in the side, so I’m hoping that we continue to do that and play to the best of our ability.”
Durham confirmed their qualification thanks to a strong batting display in their last outing at the Kia Oval, where they defeated Group B winners Surrey by 36 runs.
Breese believes they will have to show the same mental strength again to overcome Somerset.
“We just have to go there with a positive mentality and don’t take anybody for granted regardless of injuries," he said.
"It doesn’t make sense to focus on that; we have got to focus on the game and make sure we nail our skills properly on the day. I am sure if we do that we will get the result that we want."
A spin bowler himself, Breese has also singled out Scott Borthwick, who made his England debut in last month’s one-day victory over Ireland, as a player with the ability to make the difference this weekend.
“We’ve got guys who have been performing well with bat and ball,” he said. “Scotty Borthwick’s confidence is up high. He’s proven himself as a match-winner.
“I’m sure that somebody will get it done, and when our backs are against the wall it means much more to me and the team.
“The ultimate aim for me this season would be winning a one-day trophy, and if we play as we have been playing I am sure we will.”