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11th August 2009

Di Venuto passes 1000 Championship runs mark

“I think as a batter you probably should score a thousand runs a year which I think I’ve always said.  When I’ve played over here that it’s a big thing to score a thousand runs but to do it at this stage is pleasing.  Obviously with a lot of games to go hopefully there will be a lot more than just a thousand.

“I’ve had a couple of 1500 run seasons before with Derbyshire, I’m always looking to improve so that is a benchmark I’ll be aiming towards and hopefully improve on”, said Di Venuto.

With six batsmen scoring between 20-30, Di Venuto’s total was the highest score in Durham’s first innings score of 270.

“ It was one of those days where we all seemed to get starts without anyone pushing on to get the big scores which we’ve been very good at, especially in the last few games.  We’ve had at least one, if not two people, getting three figures so it was a bit disappointing today. 

“The wicket moved a lot, I would expect that kind of turn on a day four pitch, not really before lunch on day one so obviously it has been prepared that way.  We didn’t really adapt well enough but time will tell, we’ve got the runs on the board now so it’s up to us in the field to back up our bowlers and defend that. 

“It was a good toss to win and unfortunately for us we would have liked to have scored more runs.  Ian Blackwell has been doing a fantastic job with the ball throughout the whole season in all sorts of conditions so hopefully he will relish these conditions which are very encouraging for him. 

“Our attack has shown that they are good enough to bowl to any conditions so there will be a stage in the game where Blackie is tying up one end and the seamers rotating from the other.

“They’ve got some good batters in their batting line up.  Laxman is an outstanding player, especially against spin bowling and he is in good form and used to these conditions so the challenges are there for the bowler”, Di Venuto added.