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14th July 2009

Durham CCC v Nottinghamshire Latest News Day 4

There was really heavy rain at Nottingham last night but when we arrive at Trent Bridge this morning there are only a couple of puddles on the outfield where the excess water from the sheets has been tipped off.  Within 15 minutes the puddles are gone due to the sand based outfield which is part of the new drainage system that was installed over the winter.  

Even if the river nearby is high, there are four water tanks which can hold the water which is absorbed until the levels drop – clever stuff!

The players were out warming up from about 10.00am and play started on time at 11.00am.

Stephen Harmison opened the bowling from the Radcliffe Road End and Mark Davies took the ball at the Pavilion End, striking in the fourth over of the day when Wood was caught behind for 9.

Callum Thorp came on at the Radcliffe Road End for the 9th over with Davies continuing at the opposite end.  Wagh was caught by Benkenstein at point off Davies for 6 in the 10th over, leaving Notts 19-2.

Stephen Harmison changed ends, bowling the 16th over from the Pavilion End, and took a wicket with his third ball, with Shafayat caught behind on 12.

There is a flurry of activity in the 19/20th overs when Hussey is trapped lbw off Thorp for 9 and Patel is caught at point by Smith off Harmison for 14, leaving Notts 55-5 and 130 runs behind.

Notts were 60-6 20 minutes before lunch after Ali Brown (5) hooked a Harmison delivery into the air and Mark Davies ran from the boundary to slide under it, taking the catch.

Six runs were added to the total before the next wicket fell, Chris Read (4) caught behind and Harmison picking up his fourth wicket of the day.

Andre Adams was caught at backward point by Plunkett off Harmison for 2. Notts were 68-8 and Harmison’s figures were 5-20 off 10.2 overs.

Rain and hail started fallling heavily with a ball to spare in the over before lunch – Harmison completed his over and then covers were brought on ay 1.00pm with Notts 68-8.

The umpires inspect at 2.30pm and instructed the removal of the covers and inspected again at 3.30pm.  Tea was taken early at 3.10pm and play resumed at 4.00pm.

Mark Stoneman pulled off a great one handed catch off Stephen Harmison sending Sidebottom back to the pavilion without scoring. (Notts 76-9).

3.3 overs were played before the rain started to fall again with Durham needing one wicket to secure victory.

Sun is shining at Trent Bridge but that is expected to be short lived as more rain is forecast.  No delay to the start of play though – both teams are out warming up.

As Stephen Harmison was not named in England’s Test side against Australia at Lord’s this week he will return to the Durham team, replacing Mitchell Claydon on his arrival.

Adams and Shreck resumed the Notts attack with Adams enticing Claydon (3) to edge the ball to David Hussey at second slip.

Ryan Sidebottom strikes with his third ball of the day when Adams catches Blackwell at third slip for 38, leaving Durham 316-7.

Plunkett, who was dropped on 2, went on to make 9 before he was caught by Wagh off a slow ball from Ealham.  Phil Mustard became Sidebottom’s third victim when he was caught by Read on 40.  With twenty minutes until lunch Durham were 351-9.

Callum Thorp was trapped lbw by Sidebottom so Durham’s first innings total is 356 – with 3 bonus points secured so far.

There was time for the Notts openers, Wood and Shafayat, to face 18 balls before lunch with two overs from Mitchell Claydon and one from Mark Davies.  At lunch the hosts were 1-0.

Harmison picks up the first Notts wicket, bowling Wood for 12, then Wagh (1) was caught Di Venuto off Thorp leaving Notts 17-2.

Notts were 33-3, and Durham a bonus point better off, after Samit Patel was caught by Callum Thorp at third slip off Liam Plunkett in his second over.

Plunkett claimed his second victim of the match when David Hussey (9) was caught behind in the 29th over, leaving Notts 47-4.

The fifth wicket fell in the 32 over when Shafayat was trapped lbw by Thorp, bowling from the Radcliffe Road End, for 16 off 88 balls – Notts 54-5.

At tea Notts were 79-5.

Notts were 135-6 after Ian Blackwell bowled A Brown for 36 in the fiftieth over.  He struck again in the 56 over, trapping captain Chris Read lbw two short of his fifty.  

Notts were 166-8 after 58 overs, trailing by 190 runs, once Andre Adams (6) was caught by Benkenstein giving Blackwell his third wicket of the innings.

Plunkett bowls the next over picks up the wicket of Mark Ealham who is caught by Blackwell for 24.  Notts were all out for 171 after Sidebottom (3) spooned a Plunkett delivery up high for Mustard to claim. They trail by 185 runs so Durham enforce the follow on but bad light prevents play resuming.

Nottinghamshire won the toss and elected to field first.  Play starts on time at 11.00am

Durham – Di Venuto, Stoneman, Smith, Muchall, Benkenstein, Blackwell, Mustard, Thorp, Plunkett, Claydon, Davies
Nottts – Wood, Shafayat, Wagh, Patel, Hussey, Brown, Read, Ealham, Adams, Sidebottom, Shreck

In the event that Stephen Harmison and/or Graham Onions are not selected for England duty this week, Callum Thorp and Mitchell Claydon are the nominated players that would make way for their team mates.

Ryan Sidebottom, from the Pavilion End, bowls the first ball to Michael Di Venuto who hits it for four.  Charlie Shreck takes the ball at the Radcliffe Road End.

Durham were 44-1 after Michael Di Venuto was trapped lbw off Sidebottom’s seventh over.  A change of bowling saw Ealham and Adams taking over from the opening pair.  

Stoneman was caught and bowled by Adams in his second over for 24 leaving Durham 51-2.

The rain started to fall at 12.30pm and the players returned to the pavilion due to bad light having played 20.1 overs.  Despite light rain still falling play resumes about five minutes later but the weather clears up relatively quickly.

Notts picked up their first bonus point when Gordon Muchall (10) inside edged to Read off Adams in the 25th over.

At lunch Durham were 69-3 (Smith 7* and Benkenstein 4*)

Half an hour’s play was possible after lunch before the rain started again! Prior to the interruption Will Smith and Dale Benkenstein had reached their fifty partnership, with the former contributing 16 and the latter, 34.

Samit Patel made his first bowling contribution in the 51 over from the Pavilion End.  Dale Benkenstein passed the fifty mark in the next over, bowled by Adams, having faced 93 balls (6×4, 1×6 included).

The pair reached their hundred partnership off 227 balls (Smith 41* and Benkenstein 54*).  At tea Durham were 174-3 (Smith 47* and Benkenstein 54*)

Will Smith hit his fifty, which included six fours, off 159 balls, in the first over after tea.  Benkenstein was dropped on 73 by Mark Ealham despite diving and getting his hands to it. The pair went on to pass the 200 mark, securing Durham’s first bonus point of the match and several overs later recording a 150 partnership (356 balls, Smith contributing 65 and Benkenstein 78).  

Benkenstein brought up his century with a four off Ealham.  Dale’s hundred was from 223 balls and included 14 fours and a six.  Due to the rain earlier in the day, play will be entended to 6.20pm.

As Will Smith reached 87 he surpassed his highest score at his former home ground, which was 85.  Durham were 256-4 after Ealham bowled Benkenstein on 105, bringing in nightwatchman Mitchell Claydon.  Four balls later, the last delivery of the day, Will Smith was caught by Read on 87.

At the close of play on day one Durham were 257-5.

There has been a lot of rain about since Durham’s arrival in Nottingham.  The team were able to get a few hours training in at Trent Bridge on Tuesday before the heavy showers started and the rain continued to fall overnight until early morning so all eyes will be on the efficiency of the drainage system that was installed at the ground during the winter.

The covers are on as we arrive at the ground  but both sides work around them as the pre match warm up begins. 

Nottinghamshire CCC v Durham CCC
Trent Bridge
LV= County Championship
Wed 15  – Sat 18 July

Durham CCC, who maintained their lead at the top of the LV= County Championship division one table with a draw against Yorkshire at Headingley yesterday, travel to Trent Bridge to face Nottinghamshire in the four day competition with play scheduled to start at 11.00am on Wednesday (15 July).  Durham’s opposition are 25 points behind the current leaders with 93 points, but have two games in hand.

Head Coach Geoff Cook has named a thirteen man squad for the match, which sees Will Smith resume captaining duties against his former county and all rounder Ben Harmison is also added to the squad.

Stephen Harmison and Graham Onions are unavailable for selection due to their inclusion in England’s 14 man squad for the second npower Test Match against Australia at Lord’s. 

On the clash between the two sides Geoff Cook said, “Nottts are a strong team, certainly in two departments, their batting and the seam bowling.  The spin bowling without Swann is probably not first class but Patel does a useful job.  They are a strong team and the important thing is for us to play better on the first day of the match than we did this week.

“The County Championship since I’ve been doing this job at Durham over the last two years has been of a very high standard and there will be two good teams going out to play at Trent Bridge on Wednesday although we’ll be short of two or three players, Notts will also be short of a couple of players so neither team is at full strength but I’m sure there will be 22 players who are willing to fight every inch to make sure they give their team a chance to win.

Michael Di Venuto (23)
Mark Stoneman (26)
Gordon Muchall (24)
Will Smith (2)Captain
Dale Benkenstein (44)
Ian Blackwell (37)
Phil Mustard (19)
Liam Plunkett (20)
Mitchell Claydon (25)
Callum Thorp (37)
Mark Davies (4)
Ben Harmison (14)
Gareth Breese (70)