The start of the cricket season is almost upon us and Durham's media day was a mix of the familiar and the unexpected.
It was no surprise to find last year's One Day Cup winners in confident mood at Chester-le-Street, but it was a surprise to find England's newest fast bowler owns an imaginary horse.
Our Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke explains:
Durham County Cricket Club's first match this season is against Durham Men's University team (MCCU) on April 7.
Durham fast bowler Mark Wood has been selected by England for the upcoming Test series with West Indies.
The Ashington born cricketer impressed during the recent England Lions tour to South Africa and has now been called up to the senior squad for the first time in his career.
A graduate from Durham's hugely successful academy, the 25-year-old made his first class debut in 2011.
Along with the rest of the Durham squad, Wood is currently in Dubai preparing for the new season.
The three-match series between England and West Indies gets underway on the 13th of April in Antigua, with the first of two warm-up matches scheduled to take place seven days earlier.
"I am delighted. Especially when I haven’t played that many games, it is good that people have seen something in me."
“The Lions tour was fantastic and couldn’t have gone any better for me.
“I managed to put a run of games together and put in the performances and that has obviously stood me in good stead."
ITV Tyne Tees' Simon O'Rourke has been catching up with First Team Coach Jon Lewis, ahead of Durham's cricketers' Royal London One-Day Cup Final.
They face Warwickshire at Lords tomorrow and Simon was able to grab Jon just before the team got on the bus at Chester-le-Street this morning.
Durham's cricketers set off for London this morning ahead of their Royal London One-Day Cup Final. They face Warwickshire at Lords tomorrow. We caught up with Durham's One Day Captain, Mark Stoneman before they got on the bus at Chester-le-Street this morning.
Durham County Cricket Club is heading to Lords for the Royal London One-Day Cup Final.
Cricket's reigning county champions Durham have wrapped up their second win in a row, beating Sussex by more than 300 runs.
Captain Paul Collingwood said the victory shows standards have been improving and will give the team confidence.
Durham have wrapped up their second consecutive win in cricket's County Championship.
It took less than three overs on the final morning for Chris Rushworth to claim the final Sussex wicket, Lewis Hatchet, and wrap up an impressive victory by 309 runs.
The reigning County Champions have moved up to 4th place in the Division One table.
Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has joined Durham for the club's next two County championship matches.
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