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29th May 2010

Rain causes late start at Edgbaston

Durham: Di Venuto, Stoneman, Muchall, Benkenstein, Blackwell, Stokes, Mustard+*, Borthwick, Plunkett, Claydon, Rushworth

Warwickshire: Westwood*, Maddy, Chopra, Troughton, Clarke, Barker, Johnson+, Botha, Woakes, Imran Tahir, Miller

Chris Woakes struck with the fifth ball of the day, trapping Michael Di Venuto lbw for 4, bringing Gordon Muchall to the crease to join Mark Stoneman, both of whom have been posting significant totals for Durham 2XI so far this season.

One over was lost due to rain, with the players leaving the pitch for what didn’t even seem like two minutes during the ninth over.  The fielding side didn’t even all cross the boundary rope before they were called back!

During the 13th over, when Durham were 24-1, rain started to fall fairly heavily and the large inflatable cover was brought on to cover the wicket.  The groundstaff then pulled on the large cover sheets but play did resume, with seven overs having been lost due to the break. 

Stoneman (31*) and Muchall (21*) continued at the crease until play was brought to a halt at 6.00pm due to bad light and more rain.  Durham were 65-1 having faced 21 overs.

In other news – Callum Thorp was taken to hospital for stitches to an eye wound sustained in the warm up and seamer Luke Evans will be out for a number of weeks after breaking his foot.

At the close of play Phil Mustard said, “It was frustrating waiting for the rain to stop but it’s the same for both sides and you just have to come out and make the most of the situation.  Muchy and Rocky have made a good start tonight so hopefully they can continue to go along nicely in the morning.  It’s important we post a high first innings total to put Warwickshire under pressure straight away”.