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5th June 2009

Durham CCC v Hampshire CCC Latest news

Play started on time and Durham passed the hundred mark in their 39th over with Will Smith and Gordon Muchall at the crease. 

Muchall (28) was caught by Dawson off the bowling of Cork when Durham were on 140.  WIll Smith reached his half century off 170 balls shortly before lunch. 

Dale Benkenstein became Imran Tahir’s second scalp of the match when he was caught by Dawson on 22, bringing Ian Blackwell to the crease with Durham 191-4.  Will Smith was trapped lbw by David Griffiths with 80 runs to his name when Durham had just posted a lead of 100. 

Blackwell reached his fifty in just 61 balls and with Mustard added 72 to the score before Colonel (32) was bowled by Ervine in the last over before tea. Callum Thorp (0) was bowled by Tomlinson leaving Durham 281-7 in their 96th over.

Imran Tahir cleared up the remaining Durham wickets in the 103rd over with Ian Blackwell caught by Nic Pothas for 68 and Mitchell Claydon (10) and Stephen Harmison (0) both bowled.  Durham finished their innings with 311, a lead of 206.

Graham Onions sent Michael Carberry back to the pavilion with the first ball of Hampshire’s second innings after he was trapped lbw.

With five overs remaining Hampshire were 49-3 after Harmison claimed the wickets of Crawley (5), who was caught after a great effort by Will Smith, and Lumb (32), who was caught behind by Mustard.  Hampshire lost another wicket before the close of play on day 2 when Tomlinson was bowled by Thorp for 1.

Hampshire finished day 2 on 52-4 off their 23 overs.

Durham, who are unbeaten in the LV County Championship so far this season, return to action in the four day game today (Sat 6 June) when they face Hampshire at Riverside. Following an 11.30 inspection play started at 12.15 with 84 overs to be played today.  Lunch was taken at the normal time and the extra half an hour has been claimed.

Durham won the toss and  elected to field first.  Graham Onions and Stephen Harmison opened the bowling with Onions making a breakthrough in the third over when Michael Carberry was caught by Gordon Muchall without scoring.

Eleven overs were bowled before lunch was taken at 1.00pm with Hampshire 16-1.

Callum Thorp came on at the Finchale End after lunch to replace Harmison, who caught Adams (8) in Thorp’s third over.  Crawley was caught by Michael Di Venuto in the next over, which was bowled by Onions, without the Hampshire batsmen having added to the score, leaving Hampshire 20-3.  

Onions picked up his third wicket when Ervine was caught behind on 2 in the 21st over.  There was a fair bit of activity when Mitchell Claydon came on to bowl in the 18th over, taking two wickets with his first two balls.  Michael Lumb was trapped lbw on 20 and his replacement, Dawson, was clean bowled the very next ball, which left the visitors 59-6.

Two consecutive wicket maidens just before tea from Harmison in the 39th and 41st over saw Cork caught by Di Venuto on 8 and Tahir bowled for 0.

At tea Hampshire were 88-8.  

Stephen Harmison took the remaining wickets, with Griffiths (0) caught by Thorp and Nic Pothas caught by Gordon Muchall for 35.  Hampshire finished with 105 on the board in their first innings with Harmison (4-43) and Onions (3-22) the picking up the bulk of the wickets.

At the close of play on day 1 Durham were 84-2 off their 31 overs.  Michael Di Venuto was caught by Crawley off the bowling of Tomlinson for 7 while Mark Stoneman added 44 before he became Imran Tahir’s first victim when he was caught by Cork.  

Durham seamer Stephen Harmison said, “To bowl anyone out for 105 is a great achievement, especially Hampshire because they’re a good side.  The wicket did a bit – a lot – but credit to our four seamers because they put the ball in the right area. Sometimes on them wickets you can get gung-ho and try too hard, the opposition get 250-4 and you’ve missed your opportunity.

“We’re in the pound seats so hopefully we’ll have the chance to just bat once in the game.  We’ve shown the discipline and the patience which is all credit to our bowlers where they’ve probably got a bit impatient, seen what we’ve done and thought, ‘We should be getting wickets on this’ and chased it a bit.  If you do that you go at three or four an over and we never went for more than two an over the whole day.

“Graham Onions bowled fantastic first up to set the game up, it was great to see Thorpy back playing four-day cricket then Mitch came on for his two or three overs in the first innings. I thought I got better as the game went on.
I wasn’t overly-happy with the way I bowled, it was a touch wider than I would have liked because I was swinging it. But to get 4-43 after not bowling for two weeks, hopefully the luck is turning.

“The bowlers showed today they were patient and their thought processes really worked for us. That’s the key.”

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