For a player who is still only 20, Cumbrian Liam Trevaskis already has his fair share of first-class matches to his name.

The all-rounder, a former Penrith Cricket Club player, regularly featured for Durham across all three formats of the game in their 2019 season.

In the County Championship, Durham finished in fifth in Division Two, while they didn’t make it through their Vitality Blast North Group, coming sixth, and narrowly missed out on making it through to the knockout stages in the Royal London One-Day Cup, too.

Trevaskis believes it was Durham’s poor start, which saw them lose all of their first four matches of the season in the County Championship, which cost them.

"I think, in the first four games, we were not anywhere near where we needed to be," concedes Trevaskis, who made his first-class bow in September 2017, earning the early scalp of Indian star Ravichandran Ashwin.

"That’s probably the reason why we were not that close [to earning promotion] in the end.

"If we had drawn two of those games, or maybe won one, drawn two and lost one, then we probably would have ended up going up into Division One.

"But it was good to get a first full season of proper first-class cricket under my belt."

And while Trevaskis’ figures with bat and ball were rarely spectacular, with County Championship half-centuries against Sussex and Paul Nixon’s Leicestershire two highlights from his campaign, the Carlisle-born man was rarely out of matches for too long.

"With the ball, it was probably more in the white-ball game [where I performed] and, then, with the bat in the red-ball game," he explains.

"But it was nice to be involved, contributing towards winning some games.

"If I didn’t do both [bat and bowl], I would probably get bored!"

At Emirates Riverside, there has been no shortage of talented players for Trevaskis to play alongside, either, with the left-handed batsman and bowler already having played with former England man Paul Collingwood, and Australians Peter Handscomb and Cameron Bancroft, while England star Ben Stokes also plays his club cricket for the side.

"They are good to have around," Trevaskis says of the experienced men within Durham’s squad.

"A few years ago, there probably were one or two more senior players than there are now, but there are still some very experienced players that play for us.

"Alex Lees has played more than 100 first-class games, and there are a few [other] lads that have played a decent amount of first-class games, and some of them have had some success.

"So, it’s nice to have them around."

Another of Durham’s more experienced professionals is another Cumbrian in the form of Graham Clark.

“We played together quite a lot in the T20s this year,” admits Trevaskis on Clark, who began his career at Cleator.

"It’s always nice to play alongside someone from a similar region to the one that you are from. Seeing him do well in the white-ball game, it has been good to see."

“I think the connections are getting a lot stronger between Durham and Cumbria, and Durham and the Northumberland area, as well,” Trevaskis continues.

"I think they are good sources for Durham to tap into.

"It give lads that otherwise wouldn’t have had any sort of chance to play first-class cricket or second-class cricket to such a good standard the chance to play at that level."

After the conclusion of the 2017 season in England, which saw him represent England’s Under-19s after making his mark for Durham, Trevaskis also played for North Canberra Gungahlin in Australia.

On the experience of playing Down Under, Trevaskis enthuses: “It was good to go and experience life out there.

"It’s obviously very different to here, with cricket being [the] premier [sport] whereas, over here, it’s more of a football focus.

"It’s nice that lads like me get an opportunity to go, spend time away and experience cricket there, as well as getting to go to see a different country without having to spend thousands of pounds.”

Looking ahead to the 2020 season, Trevaskis wants to ensure his game continues to improve.

He says: "I want to try to perform consistently to a high level, [and to] make sure I keep getting selected and try to rack up some bigger numbers in terms of the amount of wickets I take and the amount of runs I score."

Meanwhile, with Durham not having won silverware since the 2014 Royal London One-Day Cup, the team will hope to end their six-year wait for silverware next term.

“We pushed pretty hard in the Championship to try to get promoted this year, but we will come back again next year, going for the title and will try again to get promoted,” he predicts.