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23rd April 2009

Durham v Yorkshire LVCC Update

Yorkshire added just 8 runs to their overnight score finishing their first innings with 272 on the board.  Stephen Harmison and Graham Onions finished on 4-76 and 3-49 respectively.   

Mark Stoneman was an early victim for Matthew Hoggard after being trapped lbw.  Will Smith came in at three and along with Michael Di Venuto (58*) pushed Durham to 81-1 at lunch.

Di Venuto and Smith contributed a partnership of 204 before Smith was caught and bowled by Adil Rashid on 67.  Rashid also picked up the wicket of Di Venuto, who hit a 125 ball century, who was caught by Bresnan on 143.    “I’ve been hitting them quite well since I first arrived back over here so it was nice to spend some time in the middle today”, said Di Venuto.

“I got a good start in the first innings I felt really comfortable so it was disappointing not to get a big score but to make amends today was really pleasing.  We’ve still got to bowl well tomorrow, Yorkshire are a quality side and they’re always up for a fight.  We’ve got a great bowling attack and come tomorrow we’ll be looking to have a really good day’s cricket. 

“History shows that not too many teams tend to bat a full day against our attack when we’re at full strength so if we’re right on top of our games and all our disciplines we’ll hopefully put enough pressure on Yorkshire to get 10 wickets. “

Durham declared on 303-5, shortly after Gordon Muchall batted reached his fifty. Yorkshire batted the remaining 4 overs of the day without loss, finishing the day on 3-0.


Durham finished their first innings with 362 runs on the board with Phil Mustard just six short of a century after Stephen Harmison was the last wicket to fall.  Matthew Hoggard (4-82) and Tim Bresnan (3-63) were the pick of the Yorkshire attack.

Gale and Rudolph opened the Yorkshire batting with Graham Onions claiming an early wicket, bowling Gale in the 10th over with Yorkshire on 40.  Phil Mustard picked up two catches off the bowling of Stephen Harmison including the coveted wicket of Michael Vaughan (24).

After 35 overs Yorkshire were 127-3.  Stephen Harmison, Ian Blackwell and Liam Plunkett all picked up wickets in the afternoon session the breakthrough coming when Brophy was stumped off Blackwell’s bowling breaking a partnership that had put over a hundred runs on the board.

Yorkshire finished on 264 -6, Rashid (8*) and Sayers (4*) at the crease. 

The first word of the day from the captain reflects on a great batting performance from Phil Mustard, “Phil batted brilliantly yesterday and today.  He looked very, very solid.  If Colonel is playing well, having him at seven is fantastic, particularly if he can bat in that kind of mode like he did today. “

Phil was really pleased with his performance despite missing out on his first century of 2009, “It was a bit frustrating as I haven’t had a hundred for a while but I’m happy to have got a big score.  It was great to get a couple of catches today too.  I think we’ve got the upper hand – the big wicket was definitely Brophy”, said Mustard.

Durham skipper Will Smith thinks that the morning session is the key indicator of the match outcome, “We’re three overs away from the new ball now and we need to bowl well with it tomorrow, I think the first hour is going to determine which way this game is going to go.  If we can knock those four over quickly then it’s our game to win.  I think today we bowled well in periods but at times we have them too many four balls perhaps but you could tell that as the sessions went on we got better.  If we can set them anything above 250 batting last I think we will be well in with a shout”, said Smith. 

The showdown between the England boys, Harmison and Vaughan, was brought to an end when the Yorkshire batsman nicked the ball to Phil Mustard giving Harmy his first wicket of the day, “When Stephen plays for us he wants to be the leading bowler and the guy who leads the attack so he sees players like Vaughan and Rudolph and he wants to get them out and he’s done that today.  He’ll be trying his socks off tomorrow with the new ball”, added Smith.