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31st August 2009

Durham v Somerset ends in a draw

Play was abandoned on day three at 3.00pm following an inspection by the umpires.  Heavy overnight rain left plenty of water on the covers and the groundstaff spent the majority of the day mopping up.  Persistent drizzle and overcast conditions prevented any play from getting underway.

On the match as it stands Ian Blackwell said, “It’s not been great, when you’re waiting around the ground it’s never fun and it tends to drag a bit. In the context of things it’s not been a bad day for us.  To gain two extra points over Somerset if we draw tomorrow is good, we’re obviously looking for victory but if the weather defeats us again tomorrow then nine points over seven is a great result for us.”

Durham resume on 110-3 with Willoughby bowling the first over of the day from the Finchale End.  A steady morning at Riverside saw Shivnarine Chanderpaul pass the fifty mark, including seven fours, having faced 91 balls.  Durham passed the 150 mark in the 57th over, adding 31 runs in the first hour.

Durham were 161-1 after Dale Benkenstein (30) was caught at backward point by Suppiah off De Bruyn’s fifth ball.  Ian Blackwell returned to the pavilion four balls later, without scoring, having been caught behind off the bowling of Phillips.

Phillips struck again when Mustard edged the ball to Langer at first slip having scored 2, leaving Durham 166-5.

At lunch Durham were 169-6.

Chanderpaul went on to score his second Championship century for Durham, which included 12 fours from 194 balls, Liam Plunkett added 32 to the total before he was bowled by Willoughby inthe second over with the new ball, leaving Durham 235-7.

Two quick wickets for Willoughby left Durham 271-9, with Thorp caught by Hildreth for 15 and Onions caught by Kieswetter for 0.  Chanderpaul remained unbeaten on 117 after Stephen Harmison was the last man out, caught by Kieswetter off Trego for 1.  Durham finished with 272 on the board having accumulated a 98 run lead.   

Graham Onions bowled the opening over to Trescothick from the Lumley End with Stephen Harmison opening at the opposite end.  Mid way through Harmison’s sixth over play was stopped due to bad light, but was resumed 10 minutes later.  There were just eight balls bowled before both sides returned to the pavilion.

Play was abandoned at around 5.30pm. 

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat first at Riverside.  Despite torrential rain late on Monday afternoon, play started on time at 10.30am.

Durham – Coetzer, Di Venuto, Smith, Chanderpaul, Benkenstein, Blackwell, Mustard, Plunkett, Thorp, Harmison, Onions
Somerset, Trescothick, Suppiah, Langer, Hildreth, De Bruyn, Kieswetter, Trego, Thomas, Phillips, Banks, Willoughby

Graham Onions and Stephen Harmison opened the Durham attack, with Trescothick dropped on the first delivery, from Onions at the Lumley End.  Thorp replaced Onions at the Lumley end for the ninth over, with Onions returning at the opposite end for the 17th over.  Liam Plunkett came on at the Lumley End for a spell from the 19th over.  

Durham made a breakthrough in the 22nd over with Marcus Trescothick caught at gully by Will Smith off the bowling of Onions for 31.  Somerset failed to add to their total and were 89-2 once Suppiah was caught by Mustard off the bowling of Plunkett for 53.

Somerset passed the hundred mark in the 28th over, and there was a missed opportunity when Langer was dropped on two just before lunch.  At the break Somerset were 105-2.

Langer was struck twice by Onions after lunch before he was clean bowled with the third ball of the 36th over for 12, leaving Somerset 127-3.

Hildreth added 27 to the Somerset score before he was caught by Callum Thorp off the fifth ball of Blackwell’s second over.  Kieswetter returned to the pavilion without scoring after he became Plunkett’s second victim after he was caught by Michael Di Venuto at slip, leaving Somerset 147-5.

Somerset were 152-6 when Di Venuto took another low catch in the slips, with Trego out to Plunkett for 4.  Blackwell picked up two lbw’s in the fifth and sixth balls of his sixth over, with De Bruyn out for 16 and his replacement, Phillips, for 0, leaving Somerset 166-8.

Blackwell cleared up the Somerset tail with the final two batsmen taking his haul to 5-7 off 8.1 overs.   Both batsmen were out without scoring, Thomas caught by Di Venuto and Willoughby bowled.  Somerset were all out for 174 with Durham picking up maximum bowling points.

Willoughby and Thomas opened the Somerset bowling with the former picking up two wickets in two balls, with both Michael Di Venuto (22) and Will Smith (0) caught by Kieswetter, leaving Durham 24-2.

Durham were 104-3 after Kyle Coetzer was bowled by Phillips with an over remaining.  At the close of play Durham were 109-3 – Chanderpaul 49* and Benkenstein 0*

Durham CCC v Somerset CCC
LV= County Championship, Riverside
Tue 1  – Fri 4 September, 10.30am start

Durham CCC face title rivals Somerset at Riverside this week in the LV= County Championship.   Durham are currently 29 points ahead of the visitors, with a game in hand.

Following their Ashes victory with the England squad bowlers Stephen Harmison and Graham Onions are included in the twelve man squad as is batsman Kyle Coetzer, who is set to make his second four day appearance of the season, replacing Mark Stoneman at the top of the order.

Durham CCC would like to remind spectators that due to the scheduled earlier starts in place for September matches the toss will take place at 10.00am, with play scheduled to start at 10.30am.  Tickets for this match can be purchased on the gate priced at £15 for adults and £6 for juniors. 

Keep up to date with Durham’s progress in the match by logging up to match updates, as the action happens, on the Durham website, or follow the match on Twitter,

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)
Callum Thorp (36)
Graham Onions (9)
Stephen Harmison (10)
Mark Davies (4)