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23rd May 2008

Durham 2ndXI v Northants 2ndXI

Durham Opener Will Smith and all rounder Gareth Breese showed their quality throughout the match as Durham won by 209runs.

Upon winning the toss Durham decided to bat and scored 312 all out from 88.2 overs. Opener Will Smith made 99 and Lee Goddard scored 66. Northants Logan claimed 3-49 and Bailey returned 4-69.

Gareth Breese then starred with the ball as he claimed 4-49 well assisted by Mitch Claydon who finished with 2-34 as Northants were bowled out for 213. Durham 2ndXI then looked to push on and build a target to defend on the last day. 

Taking only 51.5 overs Durham 2ndXI raced to 268-4 declared to set  Northants a target of 368 to win. Will Smith again contributed this time with a magnificent 146 well backed up by 65 from Gareth Breese and 30 from Garry Park.

Chasing 368 to win Northants crumbled to 158 all out as Durham 2ndXI won by 209 runs. Gareth Breese followed his 4-49 in the first innings with 4-25 in the second as he finished with 8-74 of 32.4 overs during the match. Mitch Claydon again showed support as he claimed 3-28 of 13.3 overs.