Just before the start of the English season, defending champions of the LV=County Championship - Durham CCC - have announced that Northumberland born 26-year old Mark Stoneman will be their captain for limited overs cricket which includes NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One Day Cup.
Stoneman will be succeeding Dale Benkenstein who retired to take up a coaching role with Hampshire.
Captain Stoneman has said it is a proud day for both himself and his family.
“It is a great honour to captain Durham and a proud day for my family," he is quoted as saying on ecb.co.uk.
“I got a taste for it on a few occasions last season when Dale Benkenstein and Paul Collingwood were injured, and I enjoyed every second of it. I've learnt a lot from those guys in particular and I can't wait to get started.”
Durham’s head coach and former England player Jon Lewis - who obviously had a role to play in Mark’s selection as captain said: “This is a fitting reward for Mark and the progress he has made over the last few years.
'He has really improved his consistency with the bat and is a popular figure in the dressing room. He is a local lad with the best years of his career still ahead of him, and we are confident he'll make a real success of the role.”
Whilst the Northumberland-born player will be the limited overs skipper, Paul Collingwood, who is currently with the English team in Bangladesh, would remain the skipper for the longer version of the game and look to defend his team’s Division 1 title.
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