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Champions Durham begin the defence of the Royal London One-Day Cup later this month and three of the stars from last season's momentous campaign have started on the Road to Lord's.


But rather than stay on land, the trio took the trophy to Newcastle's historic Quayside and boarded a boat, aptly named ‘Collingwood', courtesy of club sponsors Port of Tyne.

"It's nice and orange, a bit like me!" said Durham's former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood.

"I'd like to think it was named after me, but Admiral Lord Collingwood is a pretty big name in these parts so I'll let him have this one"

Every ship needs a good captain, and Durham skipper Mark Stoneman was on hand to guide his team-mates along the River Tyne.

His skilful navigation under the Millennium Bridge was akin to his masterful tactical displays during last year's journey to a Lord's Final.

In his first year as limited-overs captain, Stoneman led Durham to the club's fifth trophy in seven seasons with a narrow victory over Warwickshire.

The Newcastle-born batsman said: "This is a great way to launch the defence of our crown and as ever, we'd like to thank the sponsors Port of Tyne for their continued support.

"Last year we were on a huge crane before our semi-final and it seemed to give us some luck, so hopefully history repeats itself."

The one-day trophy will now visit the other 17 first class counties in England and Wales before finishing at the home of cricket, Lord's, on August 12th.

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, said: "The Port of Tyne is proud to support Durham County Cricket Club and we wish the team the very best on their road to Lord's.

"We thought we'd push the boat out, literally, and hopefully launch another victory campaign."

Durham's first match of this year's Royal London One-Day Cup takes place on July the 25th at Northampton, before a home clash with Worcestershire two days later.

That game signals the start of three consecutive fixtures at the Emirates Durham ICG and supporters can buy tickets for all three matches for just £20.

"I missed the final last year unfortunately because of my IPL commitments so I'm desperate to get us there again," said overseas star John Hastings.

"It's a great competition to play in, and I really hope the North East public get behind us."

If you see the trophy on its tour let us know using #roadtolords


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