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10th June 2009

Durham beat Lancashire by 138 runs

Mahmood and Sutton added 20 before the returning Onions had Mahmood caught behind by Phil Mustard. Ian Blackwell bowled from the lumley end and he knocked over Newby’s leg stump as he attempted to sweep. 

Graham Onions then ended the innings in style as he knocked Keedy’s off stump out of the ground as Lancashire were all out for 135, Durham win by 138runs.

Durham posted a first innings total of 244 after Andrew Flintoff picked up the final two wickets of the home line up.  Phil Mustard was caught by Du Plessis just after reaching a 94 ball half century.  Stephen Harmison was accompanied to the crease by Flintoff before he was caught at second slip by Mal Loye off his first delivery.

Graham Onions claimed the first wicket of the Lancashire line up after Paul Horton was caught by Mustard without scoring.

Ashwell Prince, who reluctantly left the crease, was trapped lbw by Onions on 17 and he picked up his third wicket of the morning when Loye (14) fell to the same fate in Onions next over.

Mark Chilton became Stephen Harmison’s first scalp when he was caught by Mark Stoneman on 2 leaving Lancashire 51-4 at lunch, Du Plessis and Flintoff at the crease.

It took five balls from Stephen Harmison after lunch before Flintoff was sent back to the pavilion with 3 runs to his name.

Mitchell Claydon came on to bowl in the 17th over and was eventually rewarded with two wickets in three balls when Luke Sutton was caught by Callum Thorp at gully for 21 and his replacement, Glenn Chapple was caught by Phil Mustard for 0.

Lancashire were 115-8 when Du Plessis was caught by Mustard, off Harmison for 41.  Onions and Harmison each claimed one of the final two wickets, taking their haul to 4 apiece, with Mahmood (7) caught by Mustard and Newby  (1) caught by Ian Blackwell.

Lancashire finished with 116 runs on the board, 128 runs behind Durham’s first innings score.

Durham didn’t get off to a great start losing four wickets with just 10 runs on the board, they were 3-3 after Mahmood struck early with Michael Di Venuto caught by Newby for 0, Mark Stoneman caught by Flintoff for 3 and Will Smith caught behind for 1.

Dale Benkenstein (1) was caught by Prince at third slip in Glenn Chapple’s third over.  Phil Mustard added seven to the Durham total before he was caught by Sutton off Flintoff bringing Callum Thorp to join Ian Blackwell at the crease.

At the close of play Durham were 122-6 which included an unbroken partnership of 65 from Thorp (19*) and Blackwell (65*), who hit his fifty off 62 balls.

The big story of the day was Andrew Flintoff’s return to action after he replaced Tom Smith, who suffered from a side strain in the warm up.  He picked up the first wicket of the day with his second ball after almost 8 weeks out of action.  Michael Di Venuto was the victim, when Durham were on 42, caught by Luke Sutton on 16.

Sutton caught Will Smith off the bowling of Newby for 11.  Mark Stoneman was out five short of his fifty when he was caught by Flintoff off Mahmood.  Gordon Muchall was Mahmood’s second victim when he was caught by Du Plessis on 18, leaving Durham 117-4.

Glenn Chapple picked up 3-37 off his 18 overs before tea including Ian Blackwell who was bowled on 20, Dale Benkenstein who was caught by Flintoff on 26 and Callum Thorp, who Horton caught when he was on 4.

Play was interrupted a couple of times during the afternoon due to rain and in the end it brought play to an early finish.  Durham were 212-8 with Flintoff picking up the last wicket of the day when Claydon was caught by Sutton with 6 runs to his name.

Durham CCC face Lancashire at Riverside this week, who are one point ahead of them in the LV County Championship Division One table, with both teams unbeaten so far in the competition this season.

Head Coach Geoff Cook has named the same eleven that beat Hampshire earlier this week, with Ben Harmison making up the twelve man squad.

Mark Davies (ankle) and Liam Plunkett (groin) are both unavailable but Davies is expected to be fit in the next 2-3 weeks and Plunkett shortly after that.

Andrew Flintoff will play for Lancashire at the Riverside after Tom Smith withdraws with a side strain picked up in the warm up.

Michael Di Venuto (23)
Mark Stoneman (26)
Will Smith (2) Capt
Gordon Muchall (24)
Dale Benkenstein (44)
Ian Blackwell (37)
Phil Mustard (19) Wkt
Callum Thorp (36)
Mitchell Claydon (25)
Graham Onions (9)
Stephen Harmison (10)
Ben Harmison (14)

Paul Horton
Tom Smith replaced by Andrew Flintoff.
Mal Loye
Ashwell Prince
Francois du Plessis
Mark Chiton
Luke Sutton (wkt)
Glen Chapple (cpt)
Sajid Mahmood
Oliver Newby
Gary Keedy
Kyle Hogg