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17th June 2009

Century from Blackwell boosts Durham

Blackwell’s knock, which was scored in 148 balls and included thirteen fours and a six, takes his first class century tally to 23 “It was nice to have got a few fifties and obviously the hundred in the MCC game but to go on and get a hundred in an important Championship game is obviously very satisfying.

“As a team we’ve spoken about batting for 200 balls or four hours as an out and out batsman and that’s one of the targets I’ve aimed for because normally I get my runs quite quickly, so it was nice to bat for a couple of sessions, get a century and still be there in the morning”, said Blackwell.

“I went in at 120-4 and with Mark Stoneman retired hurt [with thigh strain] so it was an important passage of play for me and Phil Mustard to get through and we managed to put on a fair few which was nice and to take the score on to over 300 with Gareth was very pleasing in the end.

“It’s nice to have Breesy back in the team because he does add an extra batter and he just gets on with it.  He plays his shots and fortunately he got away with a couple of chances today and we managed to put on 98 which was very important for the team. 

“They were getting frustrated, they probably dropped three of four catches and missed the opportunity of a couple of run outs so they were disappointed and we managed to hang on in there and capitalise. 

“If Mark Stoneman can stay in with me [after returning to the crease with Gordon Muchall as his runner] and we put on a few, we can obviously get a few more overs under the Warwickshire bowlers, get to 350 and see if we can get that important fifth batting point”, he added.