DURHAM will be locking horns with former player John Hastings when they attempt to follow up Thursday's sensational win at Trent Bridge with another Royal London Cup victory at Worcester tomorrow.
The burly seamer has become a regular in Australia's one-day squad since his two seasons with Durham and was unable to return to Chester-le-Street last year.
Before signing for Worcestershire he spoke to Durham coach Jon Lewis and was told that an overseas batsman would have to be the priority this season – hence the signing of Stephen Cook.
The fact that he is not due back from his week's enforced return to South Africa until this evening would seem to place Durham at a disadvantage.
But they managed remarkably well without him on Thursday, when Graham Clark and Cameron Steel came to the party with a stand of 160 after the prolific duo of Keaton Jennings and Michael Richardson fell with only eight on the board.
Needing 50 off the last five overs, Durham got home with five balls to spare, with Paul Collingwood receiving good support from Stuart Poynton.
Collingwood's unbeaten 73 took his tally to 191 without being dismissed in the last three games, in which he has also bowled his full allocation of ten overs at miserly cost and starred in the field.
He followed his brilliant run out of Richard Levi at home to Northants last Sunday by holding three catches at Trent Bridge and said: “We are delighted with the win.
“When you put in a batting performance like that as team it is very satisfying to see it through right until the end.
“We were in a bit of trouble but the way that Steel and Clark stuck at it kept us in the game. It was fantastic to see.”
While Yorkshire can make sure of topping the north group and earning a home semi-final by winning at Edgbaston tomorrow, Durham are competing with Worcestershire for a play-off place.
They are well aware of Hastings' destructive capabilities with the bat down the order and the hosts have other powerful strikers in Ross Whiteley and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who hit ten sixes against Durham in their opening Twenty20 match at Worcester last season.
With Moeen Ali in a line-up led by big-hitting all-rounder Joe Leach, Worcestershire are a strong one-day side.
Durham must decide whether to persevere with Ryan Pringle, who came back earlier than expected from a shoulder injury but bowled only two overs at Trent Bridge.
He could be a risk on the relatively small ground and the option is to stick with the four seamers, plus Collingwood, and bring in South African Gareth Harte for his debut.
James Weighell is the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 16 and Mark Wood should gain confidence from picking up three in the final over of Nottinghamshire's innings.