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16th May 2008

Durham claim victory over Yorkshire in LVCC match

Yorkshire were all out for 122 as Durham claimed maximum points from a 295-run victory to climb off the foot of LV County Championship Division One.

Graham Onions followed his 5-75 on day two with a devastating opening burst which reduced Yorkshire to ten for three as Adam Lyth, Anthony McGrath and Jacques Rudolph all failed to score.

The first two were lbw, then Rudolph edged his fourth ball to wicketkeeper Phil Mustard.

The England one-day keeper also caught Andrew Gale after the left-hander hit 19 off 16 balls before fishing at a ball from Steve Harmison.

After 14 overs of resistance from Joe Sayers and Gerard Brophy, it was Harmison’s younger brother Ben who struck a double blow.

Sayers was caught at third slip for 22, then Adil Rashid was bowled by a ball which nipped back off the pitch.

Mark Davies produced a similar delivery to bowl Gerard Brophy, and also ended a stand of 41 between Darren Gough and Tim Bresnan when the Yorkshire captain bottom-edged an attempted pull into his stumps.

Steve Harmison returned to have Matthew Hoggard caught at first slip and bowled last man Deon Kruis after Durham claimed the extra half hour.

Earlier, Durham skipper Dale Benkenstein reached 86 in an unbroken stand of 93 with Michael Di Venuto before declaring on 205 for six.

Despite a first innings lead of 212, Durham were sufficiently concerned at 112 for six to send in Di Venuto.

The man who made 184 in the first innings suffered a nasty finger injury while fielding at slip on Thursday evening, but there was little sign of discomfort as he made an unbeaten 45.

Bresnan took the first two wickets of the day while Hoggard was still adjusting his sights following his trip from Lord’s after being released by England yesterday.

Young left-hander Mark Stoneman played him well, until he was lbw for 19 to a quicker ball from Hoggard, who then had Neil McKenzie caught at third slip.

Mustard played across a Deon Kruis swinger to be lbw, but Benkenstein had little difficulty in reaching 44 out of 119 for six at lunch and completed his third championship half-century in four innings off 87 balls.

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