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Claydon recalled by Durham
DURHAM have had to recall Mitch Claydon, who has been on loan to Kent for the last three months, for the LV County Championship match starting at home to Sussex today (10.30).
After impressing in the wins against Surrey and Yorkshire, left-armer Jamie Harrison suffered an ankle injury at Scarborough, where Mark Wood picked up a side strain.
Callum Thorp is also not fully fit, but Graham Onions returns after recovering from his broken finger and 19-year-old seamer Josh Bousfield, from Barnard Castle, is added to the squad for the first time.
Sussex are also depleted as Luke Wright and Chris Jordan join Durham's Ben Stokes in the England one-day squad, while Ed Joyce is with Ireland and Matt Machan with Scotland.
Matt Prior is under orders to rest after the Ashes series, pace bowler Amjad Khan is out for the season and the third-placed club have lost impetus since Monty Panesar left to join Essex.
Young leg-spinner Will Beer has taken over. While Teesside-born seamer Chris Liddle is in the squad and teenage all-rounder Harry Finch could make his first-class debut.
Despite the injuries, Durham have an excellent chance to go clear at the top of the table as they are only 5.5 points behind Yorkshire, who have no game this week.
Gareth Breese also returns to the squad and would strengthen the batting in the absence of Stokes if they decide his off-spin provides a better option than a second outing for seam-bowling all-rounder Usman Arshad, who impressed in the last home game against Surrey.
Claydon had been a regular in Durham's one-day side in recent years, but hadn't featured at all this season when he was allowed to go to Kent. He has a year left on his Durham contract, but they would be prepared to offload him as they look for further reductions in the wage bill.
He made five championship appearances last year, the last one in mid-season, when he took none for 40 and wasn't risked in the second innings in the narrow defeat by Sussex at Arundel. That was avenged by a five-wicket win the final match.
Claydon's greatest success with Kent came in the Twenty20 competition, in which he was their leading wicket-taker with 13 at 22.3. In three championship matches he took four wickets at 56.5.
Durham (from): P D Collingwood (capt), M D Stoneman, K K Jennings, S G Borthwick, W R Smith, M J Richardson, P Mustard, U Arshad, G R Breese, J Bousfield, C Rushworth, G Onions, M E Claydon.
*Durham confirmed yesterday that Ruel Brathwaite has been de-registered with the club and will be on trial with Hampshire for the rest of the season.
The 27-year old West Indian-born paceman was signed three years ago and had two five-wicket hauls in his six championship appearances in 2011.
But after playing in one match last year he has been unable to break it into the team this season.
He is in Hampshire's squad to face Northamptonshire at the Ageas Bowl this week.