Durham have nous to win Championship - Will Smith

Will Smith

LV County Championship Division One: Yorkshire v Durham

Wednesday 28-Saturday 31 August
Ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Newcastle

Former captain Will Smith has said Durham's Championship-winning experience could be useful going into the final five games of the season.

Wednesday's opponents and league leaders Yorkshire are 25.5 points clear of Durham, who have a game in hand.

Smith was part of a 2008 Championship-winning squad and was skipper of the 2009 team that retained the title.

He told BBC Newcastle: "If it comes down to the last few games I'd be confident we will hold our nerve."

Yorkshire, despite winning promotion to Division One last term and holding a record 30 outright titles in the top tier, last lifted the main prize in 2001 and have not finished inside the top two since.

By contrast, Durham have Smith, Graham Onions, Phil Mustard, Callum Thorp and Gareth Breese as players to have been involved in title success at the Emirates Durham ICG.

"A few of us are experienced in these situations, whereas Yorkshire haven't had this for a while," Smith added.

"Confidence is fairly high but we've got five games left, a lot can happen in those games and we need to win three or four of them,"

Sunday's Division One victory against Surrey lifted them into second - their fifth championship game without defeat in succession.

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