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29th April 2010

Rain brings early close of play on day three

During the morning session, Michael Di Venuto and Dale Benkenstein had boosted the Durham total to 156-3 at lunch, with their hundred partnership coming from 188 balls. 

Benkenstein, who has been struggling with a knee injury, scored 64 before he was stumped by Bairstow off Wainwright, leaving Durham 194-4 and bringing Ian Blackwell (12* at the close of play) to the crease.

Di Venuto remained unbeaten on 108 at the end of the day, having recorded his first first class century at Headingley Carnegie. 

With the rain falling, captain Will Smith gave us an update on play so far and on the mounting injury list, “It’s a very, very good wicket, it’s not taken as much turn as we, and probably Yorkshire,  thought and hopefully this rain might help hold it together for tomorrow.  We’re going to have to fight and that’s something we’ve had to do in the two games prior to this and I’m sure we’ll do so in this game aswell.  It’s challenging, they’ve been difficult games but nothing comes easy.

“Dale’s probably going to be struggling for the two one dayers, he’s so key for us we’re not going to push him for those when we have such a busy four day schedule ahead of us.  

“I think we’re hoping that Stephen will feature in the University game next week with a view to being read for the Championship match after that.  Liam has got a bit of a stiff side so we’ll have to see how he is for the one day games, Mitchell’s abdominal strain could see him out for another week or two, it’s something you don’t want to rush.  Callum is seeing a back specialist as a precaution in the next day or so, so we’ll see how that goes.”

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Highlights of day three will be available on Friday morning.