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11th May 2010

Latest from Trent Bridge – Day Two

Dale Benkenstein and Ian Blackwell returned to the crease on day two and passed the fifty partnership in the second over of the day.  Blackwell was the first loss, when Durham had 117 on the board, after he was caught by Bilal Shafayat off the bowling of Darren Pattinson for 43.

Benkenstein, joined in the middle by Ben Stokes, added 36 to the total before he was bowled by Shreck.  Stokes and Phil Mustard put on a fifty partnership and pushed the Durham total past the 150 mark but, a change of bowling saw the partnership brought to an end after Patel bowled Stokes (32) with his first ball.

Durham were 188-7 after Mustard was caught behind off Franks for 31 in the following over.  Patel struck again in his second over, with Liam Plunkett caught at short leg by Shafayat for 3, the score now 191-8.

Chris Read picked up his 300th first class dismissal when he caught Ben Harmison off the bowling of Franks for 14.  Durham posted a first innings score of 218 with Chris Rushworth the last man out after he became Franks third scalp when he was caught by Edwards for 9.

Stephen Harmison and Chris Rushworth, who bowled an economic first spell, opened the bowling for Durham.  There was a breakthrough in Plunkett’s first over, after he replaced Harmison, when he trapped Shafayat lbw for 16.

At tea Notts were 75-1.  The Notts batsmen added 16 to the total before Plunkett picked up a second wicket, bowling Edwards for 31.

Amla dug in, scoring 67 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Ben Harmison in the closing fifteen minutes of the session. 

At the close of play Notts were 191-3 with Wagh (44*) and Mullaney (4*) set to return on day three.

Will Smith gave us his comments on day two’s play, “We need everyone to be fully aware of the challenges ahead in games like these, Notts are a very strong team.   We’re all disappointed that we didn’t get as many as we would have liked but we’ve shown a lot of fight in the three or four games we’ve had so far this season and we’ll show plenty more.

“Our bowling was good at times, with Stephen and Liam it’s their first game back from injury so they might be a little bit rusty but they got better as they went on, which was pleasing.  Liam picked up a couple of wickets which was good for him.  Chris Rushworth was excellent and Ben Harmison at the end there was great.  He’s been bowling well in one dayers and he adds a great deal to the team if he can bowl two or three spells a day.

“We’ve got a good bowling attack and if we can bowl with control and discipline then I think we can drag this back round.  If we can pick up a couple of quick wickets in the morning then,  we can pile on the pressure especially with Stephen out there. “

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