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1st September 2009

Durham dominate on day one with Blackwell 5-7

“It was very pleasing to get five wickets, a little out of the blue because I came on to bowl when Stephen Harmison came off to strap his boot up so if he hadn’t have gone off then I wouldn’t have got that first or perhaps second over.

“There was no warning that I was coming on, it did a little bit, swinging for the seamers and it seemed to be the right way to be going, especially on the first session of the first day.  It was nice for me to come on in the second session and spin a few. 

“I think bowling at Taunton for nine years has not been easy as a wicket taking spinner, it’s been more of a holding role but here we’ve had wickets that offer a little bit of spin which is nice for me to see and it’s given me something to work with, setting attacking fields, and it’s been working.  It’s great for me and I’m happy to re-pay the faith that Geoff Cook and Will Smith have had in signing me”, said Blackwell.

“To come up here to a new club, a big club, and fit in like I have has been fantastic for me and I’m very pleased with the move.  I want to be taking wickets and if anything else comes along on the England front then that would be great, but I’m not really thinking about that, we’ve got four more games to win for Durham and a Championship to wrap up. 

“We don’t want to get beaten this year, the title is one thing but the extra incentive to remain unbeaten is massive for us, we pride ourselves on that and we want to win the league by 40 points if we can.  We want to break down barriers and set new levels.

“With Somerset having been 80 without loss and finishing up 174 all out, we couldn’t have asked for anything more.  It would have been great if Kyle [Coetzer] could have stayed at the crease until the close but we’re 80 behind with seven wickets in hand so we can’t grumble”, Blackwell added.