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25th September 2009

Batsmen dominate at New Road

“I was probably more nervous than I have been in a long time in a game of cricket”, said Di Venuto.  “I was well aware that I only needed 12 runs to get 1500 and I think it’s the first time a Durham player has reached 1600 Championship runs.  I saw in the papers that I was nearing the target and it probably made me a little more nervous than I normally would be but sometimes that’s a good thing.  It means a lot to me, it was nice to spend a bit of time in the middle and get three figures.

“I’ve had a couple of seasons where I’ve scored 1500 runs but never 1600, it’s by far my best season, I’ve never got six hundreds in a season so to do that is very pleasing”, he added.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s unbeaten double hundred acted as a batting masterclass for the spectators during his eight hour innings.  Captain Will Smith and Coach Geoff Cook have been delighted with his form after the batsman notched up three centuries from four innings.

“Shiv just loves batting, he lives to bat.  He’s a phenomenal cricketer and a phenomenal guy.  It’s a pleasure to have him in our team, he’s one in a million and coming in for these last few games, he has given us a fresh impetus at a time when we probably needed it.

“It was the intention that we batted Worcestershire out of the game and I think we did that.  We wanted to make sure we were in an unassailable position and make sure we go through the season unbeaten but having said that we would like to cap it off with a win and we’ll be trying as hard as we have in any other game to do that”, said Smith.

“We started the day wanting to score as many as we possibly could and there’s no better person to have in the crease than Shiv.  We’ve been delighted to have him here, the West Indies schedule is fairly unpredictable so we have to sit down with Shiv’s people soon and see if there if anything feasible can be done for next season. 

“He’s always first in the nets and offering advice to the bowlers, how to bowl to left handers, right handers, on certain pitches etc.  He lives for the game and he wants to pass on that knowledge and enthusiasm”, added Cook.

The Worcestershire bowlers worked very hard, Gareth Andrew bowled brilliantly, he came back spell after spell and everyone was 100% on the nail, today was harder work and that’s testament to them.  We’ll hope that we can bowl like that tomorrow, get a little bit of luck and take nine more wickets”, said Cook.