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30th March 2010

Stokes and Borthwick strike on day two

Kyle Coetzer continued where he left off yesterday, digging in and adding 49 to his total, recording a career-best 172 in first class cricket.  His innings included 20 fours and a six from his 371 balls.  Coetzer was trapped lbw by Malan leaving Durham 457-6. 

Watch the highlights from day two here

During the first break Durham CCC Chief Executive, David Harker, and Head Coach, Geoff Cook, took some time to thank Dilawar Mani, CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket Club, for his hospitality over the duration of the tour, presenting him with a Durham crest plaque and commemorative vase.


Ben Stokes scored an impressive fifty (51 off 82 balls, including five fours and a huge six) on his debut and Phil Mustard remained unbeaten, contributing 23.  Borthwick, Thorp and Claydon were each dismissed without scoring, taking Malan’s haul to four in the day (4-20 off 6 overs).

The Durham attack started with a flurry with the MCC 6-2 after just three overs.  Callum Thorp picked up the first scalp, that of Newman with his fifth ball and Stephen Harmison claimed two wickets in his six over spell, before being replaced by Mitchell Claydon at the far end of the ground.

Ben Stokes got his chance and took it within two overs, claiming the wicket of MCC captain Alex Gidman.  He’s really caught the eye of the press box so far this trip!

Borthwick came on and really set the cat among the pigeons, and at one point in line for a hat-trick, picking up the last four wickets, those of Murtagh (21), Lewis (0), Cosker (1) and Kirby, (13). 

MCC were dismissed for 162 with Borthwick finishing with figures of 4-27 off his 4.5 overs.   Thorp claimed three victims in total including James Foster, who was caught and bowled.

There was some discussion in the press box about whether Durham would enforce the follow on but Will Smith and Scott Borthwick soon appeared at the boundary rope, bats in hand, indicating the start of Durham’s second innings with four overs remaining of the final session.

Steve Kirby picked up two wickets with the 8th and 9th ball of the session, the first Scott Borthwick (0), who was caught by James Foster and the second, Dale Benkenstein  (0) who was trapped lbw. 

At the close of play Durham were 7-2 with Will Smith and Ian Blackwell set to return to the crease on day three.