Durham debutant remains calm
Durham Jets debutant Calum MacLeod is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after launching his NatWest T20 Blast career in style.
The 25-year-old Scotland international thumped an unbeaten 80 off 56 balls and took two catches as the Jets beat Worcestershire Rapids by 29 runs with an over to spare at Chester-le-Street.
MacLeod and former England T20 captain Paul Collingwood put on 113 for the fourth after Durham has slumped to 33 for three before setting the visitors 174 to win.
The modest Scot said: "It was all right, plus we got a win, so at the end of the day that is the important thing.
"It was nice to spend some time in the middle and get some runs. I think it was probably my first win here after many losses with Scotland.
"I came into the game just trying to back my skills, and with the confidence of knowing that I had played a lot of short format cricket this winter, so I was hopefully in a good position to capitalise on that if I got the chance."
MacLeod's impressive bow will have done him little harm as he attempts to force his way into Durham's four-day side, and that remains his major focus.
He said: "I'm a bit of a purist at heart, I do love the longer format. But again, that's going to have to come down to weight of runs and going about it the right way in the second team."
MacLeod and Collingwood, who scored 62 of 37 balls, eased the Jets to 173 for four, but after Usman Arshad had removed dangerous opener Moeen Ali for 21, the latter tore through the top order with three for 29 to pave the way for a comfortable victory.
MacLeod said: "I thought it was a very good performance. Arshad came on and bowled nicely and Gareth Breese showed the class that I've been seeing so far in the second team and what he's been doing for years."