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22nd September 2009

Durham CCC v Worcestershire Match Drawn

Dale Benkenstein reached the century mark, for the 16th time in his Durham career, in the fourth over of the morning’s play having faced 161 balls.  

Durham were 433-4 after Benkenstein was caught by Davies off the bowling of Andrew for 109.  Ten runs were added to the total before Blackwell was trapped lbw by Jones for 9.

At lunch Durham were 474-5 with Chanderpaul 128* and Mustard 20*.

Phil Mustard was caught by Davies for 25, giving Jones his second wicket of the day, leaving Durham 480-6.  Chanderpaul passed the 150 mark (a total which included 21 fours) in the 137th over, having faced 282 balls.

Liam Plunkett went on to reach fifty having faced 87 balls, his total included eight fours, and Durham were 577-6 .  The pair reached their hundred partnership inthe 150th over.  Plunkett was dismissed the following over when he was caught by Wheeldon off Mitchell for 52, leaving Durham 583-7.

At tea Durham were 592-7 with Chanderpaul 182* and Claydon 5*.

Claydon was caught by Davies off the bowling of Whelan for 10 bringing Mark Davies to the crease as Durham were 600-8.

Chanderpaul brought his double century up with a boundary (382 balls and 28 fours), taking the Durham total to 634, at which point the side declared with two wickets remaining having achieved a lead of 278 (Chanderpaul 201* and Davies 16*). 

Davies and Claydon open the Durham attack, with Plunkett coming on at the Diglis Road End in the 8th over and Blackwell taking the ball at the opposite end the following over.

Moore was trapped lbw off the bowling of Blackwell in the final over of the day leaving the hosts 41-1 at the close of play on day three.

It’s a glorious day at New Road as Liam Plunkett and Stephen Harmison opened the bowling for Durham on day two as the side look to pick up the final wicket as early on in the day as possible.  

It took just 11 balls to tie up the hosts innings with Liam Plunkett continuing as he left off yesterday and claiming the last wicket, that of Shantry, who was caught behind for 6.

Michael Di Venuto and Kylel Coetzer opened for Durham as they looked to chase down Worcestershire’s first innings total of 356.  Within two overs Di Venuto had notched up 11 runs taking him past the 1500 runs mark in the Championship this season.

Di Venuto’s fifty included ten fours and came from 68 deliveries and the Durham pair reached their 100 partnership by the 25th over.

At lunch Durham were 103 without loss.

Worcestershire eventually made a breakthrough twenty minutes into the next session with Kyle Coetzer caught by Jones of the bowling of Andrew for 44, leaving Durham 124-1.

Di Venuto scored his sixth century of the season from 108 balls, hitting 21 fours before he was bowled by Ali for 113.  Durham were 213-3 after Smith was caught by Davies off Shantry for 28.

At tea Durham were 244-3 with Chanderpaul and Benkenstein at the crease.

Benkenstein reached his fifty, which included nine fours, having faced 82 deliveries in the 70th over.  Chanderpaul followed suit in the next over scoring fifty (including eight fours) from 91 balls – Durham 309-3 off 72 overs.

Chanderpaul reached his century in the final over of the day having faced 151 balls.  At the close Chanderpaul was 100* and Benkenstein 91*

Having trained at New Road yesterday the team were well acquainted with the new pavilion when they arrived today.  The pavilion is on stilts with beautiful views of the cathedral for Members, whose lounge is on the first floor, and the players, whose dressing rooms and dining room are on the second floor.

The dressing room goes down well with the team – each player has their own area, complete with locker and leather chair! 

Worcester new pavilion

Both teams go into this match with their fates for next season already known, Durham are this season’s Champions and Worcester will be playing in the second division in 2010.

It’s a tad overcast at the ground but there is a fair forecast for the next few days.  The hotel is just 15 minutes from the ground so most of the team walked in this morning ahead of the warm up – only those of us with a few bags were lazy and got the bus!

The team named for the match is the same as the side that played against Hampshire, with Mitchell Claydon replacing Scott Borthwick. 

Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bat first.

Worcestershire – MItchell, Moore, Solanki*, Wheeldon, Ali, Davies+, Kervezee, Andrew, Jones, Whelan, Shantry

Durham – Di Venuto, Coetzer, Smith, Chanderpaul, Benkenstein, Blackwell, Mustard, Plunkett, Claydon, Harmison, Davies

Stephen Harmison, from the Diglis End, and Mark Davies, from the New Road End opened the Durham attack with MItchell and Moore at the crease for Worcestershire.

Mark Davies picked up the first wicket of the morning with Worcestershire 48-1 after Moore was caught at point by Chanderpaul for 23.

The hosts just passed the fifty mark in the 16th over when Plunkett came on at the New Road End and bowled Solanki (4) with his second ball. MItchell Claydon replaced Stephen Harmison at the Diglis End from the 19th over.  Darren Mitchell passed the fifty mark in the 22nd over, having faced 59 deliveries, his knock included 11 fours.

Mitchell was dropped on 66 but two balls later Plunkett did claim his second wicket, that of Ali when he was caught by Di Venuto at first slip for 19, leaving Worcester 116-3.

Dale Benkenstein, bowling from the Diglis End, came on in the 27th over and reduced the hosts to 120-4 in his second over after Mitchell was trapped lbw on 67, just four runs short of reaching 1000 Championship runs for the season.

At lunch Worcester were 124-4 after 30 overs.

Benkenstein came on for a second spell in the 45th over and in his second over had Kervezee caught at second slip by Di Venuto on 46.  Worcestershire lost another wicket without adding to their score when Davies was caught at point by Chanderpaul off the bowling of Claydon in the next over, leaving the hosts 197-6.

Kyle Coetzer was replaced in the field by Scott Borthwick after he was struck by the ball whilst fielding at short leg.  He left the field with an apparent knock to the wrist.  Worcestershire were 226-7 after Stephen Harmison picked up his first wicket of the match in the 61st over when Wheeldon (14) was caught at fine leg by Claydon.

At tea Worcestershire were 233-7.

Andrews went on to reach fifty, which included 10 fours, from 87 deliveries in the 78th over.  Worcestershire were 304-8 after Jones was trapped lbw off the bowling of Davies for 27.

Worcs were 334-9 once Plunkett bowled Andrews for 77 in the 92nd over.

At the close of play the hosts were 347-9.

Worcestershire CCC v Durham CCC
New Road, LV= County Championship
23 -26 September 2009

Durham travel to New Road to face Worcestershire in their final LV= County Championship fixture of the 2009 season (23-26 September) as they look to maintain their unbeaten record. 

A thirteen man squad has been named by Head Coach Geoff Cook, which includes Scott Borthwick, who made his first class debut for the club last week at The Rose Bowl.

Keep up to date with the action as it happens by following ‘DurhamCricket’ on Twitter (  The action is posted on the Durham CCC website as it happens (

Michael Di Venuto (23)
Kyle Coetzer (30)
Will Smith (2) Captain
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (3)
Dale Benkenstein (44)
Ian Blackwell (37)
Phil Mustard (19) Wicket Keeper
Liam Plunkett (20)
Stephen Harmison (10)
Mark Davies (4)
Mitchell Claydon (25)
Scott Borthwick (16)
Luke Evans (11)