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17th May 2010

Kent CCC v Durham CCC Day One update

Phil Mustard led the Durham side out into the field for the first time as captain and within 30 minutes of the first session the opposition were 10-2, with Harmison claiming the wickets of Joe Denly (0), caught by Mustard off the sixth ball of the session, and Geraint Jones (9), caught by Di Venuto at second slip in Harmison’s second over. 

Economical bowling from Chris Rushworth and spells from a further four bowlers couldn’t make a breakthrough and it wasn’t until Harmison’s second spell after lunch, that more wickets were claimed. 

Rain had brought about an early lunch at 11.55am, with play resuming at 2.10pm. 

Kent were 127-3 after Van Jaarsveld was caught by Dale Benkenstein in the slips for 30.

Northeast added 4 to the Kent total before he became Harmison’s fourth victim when he was caught behind with Kent 141-4.

Partnered by Ahzar Mahmood, Key passed the 150 mark, off 165 balls, as well as notching up a hundred partnership.  Ahzar (43) was caught by Michael Di Venuto off the bowling of Dale Benkenstein shortly after the milestone bringing Alex Blake to the crease as Kent reach 247-5.

At the tea break the hosts were 275-5 and it was Ben Harmison who had Blake caught behind on 31 in the 68th over. 

By the 79th over, Kent were 342-6, with Key having passed the 200 mark (223 balls).  Chris Rushworth picked up two wickets in four balls in the 84th over, Ferley caught by Di Venuto for 19 and Cook bowled outright without scoring, leaving Kent 354-8.

Kent secured their fifth batting bonus point by the 91st over and it was Ben Harmison who claimed the final two wickets in the closing overs of the day, including the scalp of Rob Key.

Durham will start day two with Michael Di Venuto and Kyle Coetzer lining up as the opening partnership.  

At the close of play captain Phil Mustard, said, “I enjoyed my first day as captain, it was always going to be tough, having seen the wicket, losing the toss and having to field first.  But, we got 10 wickets today and that’s something we haven’t done for a while in a 110 overs.  

“I think we looked sloppy in places today, I think we have to do more with our fielding.  The bowlers put in a lot of effort but we couldn’t get the execution right.   Rob Key made it look easy out there but to be fair it did swing a bit all day, he played well, but if you took him out of the equation they would have only been on about 200-9. 

“It’s still evenly poised, there are still three days of cricket left.  It’s a pretty fast scoring ground and hopefully we can get off to a flying start in the morning and put them under a bit of pressure.”

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Highlights from day one will be uploaded to the Durham CCC website on Tuesday morning