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13th July 2009

We’ve shown real fight says Di Venuto

“The plan was to bat all day [on day three] and we did that and now we’ve given ourselves a chance.  A 130 deficit was a big deficit in a four day game, there was some excellent application from the players, some of the batsmen would have liked to have worked harder for a bit longer but that wasn’t the case, in the end Yorkshire got their reward.  I thought their seamers were excellent today, really, really good, they bowled as a unit with a lot of discipline and didn’t give us a lot of scoring options.  It was hard work batting today.  If we bat for another hour on day 4 and hopefully take the lead to 200 then we are in a good position”, said Cook.

Di Venuto was pleased with his knock and thinks that Durham’s comeback in the second innings has given the side a glimpse of a win.

“It’s hard to get in and score runs on that pitch but there is a little bit there for the bowlers, if they’re going to run in and hit the pitch hard, there is a bit of variable bounce so to have a 150 lead at the moment is good for us. 

“It was nice to be out there for a while, I was prepared to bat all day so I was a little bit disappointed to get out when I did but it’s always nice to score a few runs.  We wanted at least a 150 lead to start with so we can tick that off and get out there and get as many as we can on day four.  There was a lot more fight in our second innings, it was disappointing the first time round, but to come back shows some real fight.  We’ll be going hard for ten wickets on the last day.