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22nd July 2010

Drizzle causes early finish on day three

Just 21 overs play were possible after drizzle caused several interruptions during the day, the final stoppage coming just after Durham lost their fifth wicket.

Durham were 48-2 after Collingwood was caught in the slips by Tom Smith off Glenn Chapple for 12.  Michael Di Venuto (12) fell the following over to James Anderson when he was caught behind.

Ian Blackwell added 3 before he was bowled by Chapple, leaving Durham 53-4. An early lunch was taken as drizzle fell harder. 

Dale Benkenstein and Ben Stokes were in the middle for Durham after a slightly extended lunch break due to the bad weather.  As conditions worsened Benkenstein was out lbw to Smith for 21 and Durham were 85-5. Six runs were added before the drizzle got too heavy and they came off – with no further play possible on day three. spoke to Phil Mustard at the close of play, “I think the first day we had really good bowling conditions and I thought we bowled really well to have them 136-5. The second day the sun was out and it didn’t swing much so it was pretty hard. But all in all I think it’s a pretty even game.

“They were in the same position as us on the first day so I think we’re one partnership away from getting up near their total.

“I think saving the follow-on is going to be our first target. If we do that we can hopefully get a (bonus) point as well. From there hopefully we can get more points because they’re really vital at the end of the day.

“If we want to say we’re going to go for the Championship again these are the sides we’ve got to put up a really good fight against. If we want to show our class and our and ability, it’s a great chance to do that.

“Ben battled yesterday and it’s my job to be with him today.”

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