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18th August 2009

Durham CCC v Warwickshire CCC AS IT HAPPENS

Troughton went on to score a century from 207 balls, which included 14 fours.  He was caught at slip by Di Venuto off Blackwell, who had now taken 3-44 off 22, for 111.

Javid scored 21 from 119 balls but was caught behind off the bowling of Mark Davies in the 88th over with Warwickshire 228-7.

Davies picked up another wicket in his next over when Woakes was dismissed lbw for 13.  Mitchell Claydon took his haul to three wickets after Sreesanth was caught by Chanderpaul for 4, leaving Warwickshire 238-9 with a lead of 100.

Durham require 101 runs for victory after Tahir was caught by Blackwell off Davies for just 1.  

Durham were 18-1 after Mark Stoneman was caught by Troughton off Tahir for 5.  At tea Durham were 30-1.   Smith was out shortly after play resumed, caught by the sub off the bowling of Woakes for 11.

Durham beat Warwickshire by 8 wickets with Di Venuto and Chanderpaul hitting the winning runs.

Following a rain delayed start play resumed on day two at 11.45am.  Ian Blackwell brought up his fifty with a four off the sixth ball of the day but was without adding to his score of 53 after he was caught by Ambrose off the bowling of Tahir, leaving Durham 182-5.

With Benkenstein (73*) and Mustard (8*) at the crease Durham passed the 200 mark, securing their fourth bonus point of the match.  Durham were 202-6 after Benkenstein was caught at second slip by Clarke off the bowling of Rankin.

Play was brought to a halt at 12.20pm after the rain started to fall again but after four minutes the players were back in the field.  A brief reprive from the weather, just 10 minutes, allowed a couple more overs to be played however the rain persisted and an early lunch was taken at 12.35pm.

Phil Mustard added 25 to the Durham total before he was caugth at Gully by Troughton off the bowling of Rankin.  It was two wickets in three balls for Rankin as Thorp was bowled without scorign leaving Durham 233-8.

Durham were 254-9 with Claydon caught by Sreesanth for 10 he became Woakes second victim of the innings. Sreesanth picked up his first wicket of the match when Davies was caught by Ambrose for 8.  Durham were all out for 273 having established a lead of 138.

Warwickshire were 4-1 after 2.1 overs with Westwood caught by Plunkett for 2 in Claydon’s second over.  At tea Warwickshire were 29-1 with Botha 14* and Troughton 12*).

Ant Botha became Thorp’s first scalp of the second innings when he was caught behind on 14.  Thorp went on to catch Frost off the bowling of Claydon for just 4 shortly after which left Warwickshire 34-3.

Blackwell came on at the Lumley End for the 28th over and in his second over he picked up the wicket of Ambrose after he was caught in the slips by Di Venuto for 39.

Rain brought play to an early finish with two overs to spare, with Warwickshire 127-4 (Troughton 55* and Clarke 7*).

Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bat first at Riverside.  Mitchell Claydon, from the Finchale End, and Mark Davies, from the Lumley End, opened the Durham attack, with Westwood and Botha at the crease.

Durham – Stoneman, Di Venuto, Smith, Chanderpaul, Benkenstein, Blackwell, Mustard, Plunkett, Thorp, Claydon, Davies.
Warwickshire – Westwood, Botha, Javid, Frost, Troughton, Ambrose, Clarke, Woakes, Rankin, Tahir, Sreesanth

Callum Thorp picked up the first wicket of the day when Westwood was trapped lbw for 5. Warwickshire were 41-2 when Troughton (14) fell to the same fate.

Dale Benkenstein picked up two wickets before lunch with Botha (23) caught by Stoneman off the first ball of the 28th over and Ambrose (0) caught off the first ball of the following over, which left Warwickshire 70-4 at lunch.

During the interval former Durham teammates from the 1992 season, Andy Fothergill and overseas player Dean Jones, were presented with their representative caps by Head Coach Geoff Cook. Dean Jones was the sixth player to represent Durham in a first class match (those playing in the first game had their numbers allocated alphabetically) and Andy Fothergill was the 16th.

Jones and Gothergill cap presentation

Dale Benkenstein’s medium pace saw Frost (19) knock the ball into Phil Mustard’s gloves as his spell continued after lunch.  Warwickshire were 71-5 with Benkenstein bowling from the Lumley End and Thorp from the Finchale End. 

An effortless one handed catch from Phil Mustard off the bowling of Claydon saw Woakes dismissed for 0 and Warwickshire 103-7.  Callum Thorp claimed his fourth lbw victim with Clarke out for 32 in the 52nd over.

Warwickshire were 127-9 after Tahir was caught by Thorp at second slip off the bowling of Plunkett the following over.  The final wicket of the Warwickshire innings to fall was that of Sreesanth, who was caught by Blackwell for 5, completing Thorp’s five wicket haul (20.1 overs, 5 maidens, 5-49).

Michael Di Venuto got the Durham innings underway with three consecutive fours off Rankin, who opened the bowling from the Finchale End.  With Tahir continuing at the Lumley End, Chris Woakes found success in his second over at the opposite end when Mark Stoneman was caught by Ambrose for 3.

Durham were 43-2 as Di Venuto was caught by Ambrose off Tahir for 40 the following over, bringing Dale Benkenstein to the crease to join Will Smith.  Westwood, positioned in the slips, caught Smith (16) after a shot ballooned up into the air off the bowling of Rankin leaving the hosts 87-3.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s first innings for Durham lasted six minutes after he was caught by Javid off Rankin for 0, at this point Durham were 97-4.  Benkenstein and Blackwell put on their fifty partnership in the 32nd over, the first of the Durham innings, off just 41 balls, which included ten fours.  Durham were 149-4 with a lead of 14 and 8 overs remaining.

Benkenstein passed fifty in the 36th over, which included 10 fours, having faced 68 balls. 

At the close of play on day one Durham were 173-4 with Benkenstein 59* and Blackwell 48*.

Following his return to the north east earlier this week, Durham welcome Shivnarine Chanderpaul to the side that will face Warwickshire at Riverside in their LV County Championship clash which starts tomorrow (Wed 19 – Sat 22 August).

Phil Mustard will be looking to edge his average above the fifty mark as well as securing his place as the wicket keeper with the most dismissals to his name in the first division.  Mitchell Claydon returns to the Championship side following two five wicket hauls in Durham’s Second Eleven Championship match against the MCC Young Cricketers last week.

On his return to Riverside Chanderpaul said, “I always enjoy coming back playing with these guys, the professionalism they show is amazing.  I’ve been following the cricket, there have been some decent scores up here and the guys have been doing well, hopefully we can carry on and win the Championship. 

“I’m happy to be here and hopefully I can do well.  The competition is pretty tough, there are high standards and hopefully I can fit in right away”.

Play is scheduled to start at 11.00am and tickets can be purchased on the gate priced at £15 for adults and £6 for juniors.

Mark Stoneman (26)
Michael Di Venuto (23)
Will Smith (2) Captain
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (3)
Dale Benkenstein (44)
Ian Blackwell (37)
Phil Mustard (19) Wicket Keeper
Liam Plunkett (20)
Callum Thorp (36)
Mitchell Claydon (25)
Mark Davies (4)