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10th September 2009

Benkenstein century breaks another record

The first two days has seen the Durham side beat it’s opening partnership record, highest innings total and number of centuries in an innings.

“I didn’t know about the century thing,” said Benkenstein, “Obviously that’s great, I’m a little lost for words. I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved at Durham. It probably wasn’t one of my best innings but a hundred is a hundred.

“They [Notts] were obviously struggling with the injuries and we made sure we got the target we’d set ourselves.  It’s been great to be in a position to win it [the Championship] again.

“I’ve been fortunate to play for some really fantastic sides and this is one of them.   The addition of Ian Blackwell has strengthened the side, the fact that we’ve had Harmy most of season, that Onions has bowled  brilliantly  and that each individual player is getting slightly better have been really important. 

If Durham can pick up eleven points in the match, having secured five bonus points already, Durham will be claiming their second Championship title in as many seasons, this time under the captaincy of Will Smith.

On Smith captaincy Benkenstein said, “It’s a very tough job and he’s done unbelievably well.  To come in your first season and be in a position to win the Championship is great.  He’s really taken it on and wanted to do it his own way.  He hasn’t shirked any responsibilities.  I think it’s been a tough season and I think he would have liked to have had more runs with the bat but this will probably be the toughest part of his job and it will just get easier. 

“I think he’s a very calm, intelligent man, and he’s a really, really good cricketer, to the point where I think if he can get his game together he’s got a really good chance of playing for England, and one day captaining them”.