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31st March 2010

Durham continue strong form into day three

Smith was bowled by Lewis for 11 and Blackwell added 26 to the Durham total before he was caught by Malan off the bowling of Cosker, leaving Durham 43-4.

Off the field, Mitchell Claydon popped up to the Media Box to post on the Live Match Chat and DurhamCricket Twitter sites, answering questions from supporters and posting comments on the match.

Mitch’s view from the press box

media centre view

Phil Mustard reached his fifty off the last ball before lunch but was dismissed two balls into the second session without adding to his score.  Mustard’s innings was from 65 balls and included eight fours. At this point Durham were 103-5 with a lead of 400 over the MCC.

Kyle Coetzer (52*) and Callum Thorp (79*) put on a partnership of over 100 and pushed Durham’s score well past the 200 mark.  Coetzer’s fifty came off 88 balls and included four fours and Thorp’s came of 74 balls including eight fours.  The much anticipated Durham declaration came into play when they were 228-6 with a lead of 525.

The MCC, with quite a task ahead of them, were 15-1 at the tea break having faced 8 overs of the Durham attack, with Stephen Harmison bowling Newman for 5.

Ian Blackwell picked up three wickets in his first eight overs,  Sales trapped lbw for 2, Malan caught by Mark Stoneman (substituting for Michael Di Venuto) for 13 and Alex Gidman was out lbw for 17, leaving the MCC 44-4 off 19 overs.

Scott Borthwick came on at the far end in the 26th over, sending James Foster (6) back to the pavilion with his first delivery and leaving the MCC 74-5.

A great catch from Will Smith off the bowling of Borthwick saw Middlebrook dismissed for 9 and the MCC 90-6.  Taylor notched up 39 runs before he was caught by Coetzer giving Borthwick his third wicket.  With five overs remaining on day three the MCC were 100-7.

Durham elected to take the extra half hour of play available hoping to collect the final three MCC wickets with close of play at 10.15pm (8.15 GMT) Durham could not get a further breakthrough with MCC finishing on 156-7 and Durham having to return tomorrow to collect the remaining three wickets with a lead of 369.