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Nottinghamshire CCC v Durham CCC Day Three

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Close of play

At the close on day 3 Durham are 301-7, leading by 341. Tomorrow will be nail-biting stuff - join us then!

6:55pm

Mark

Well done Colly. Perhaps this is a pitch where strokeplay is difficult. If that's the case it probably makes sense to use up overs so Notts are forced to try and go for their shots.

chrissafc

well done colly

southwood

Last day cut off time is after a minimum of 16overs in the last hour

Colly 50

A boundary from Colly sees him notch up his fifty before the close of play!

6:54pm

chrissafc

its good to see. he got up to 90mph with the ball on saturday

brandonia

Well batted Colly.

Mark

Agreed Chris he has been excellent

chrissafc

mark wood has done himself a lot of favours

Wicket...

Mark Wood is caught behind off Fletcher for 30 in the penultimate over of the day. Durham 297-7

6:49pm

brandonia

Wood gone...... I'm nit picking I know but the last hour has been very dissappointing. Notts are on the ropes yet our run rate has been awful.

marchy22

i know they did but its stupid not being able to make some lost overs, i was playing cricket till 8 the other night

auldtimer

Marchy22, they used up their overs by being off for rain.

marchy22

all weather i have seen suggests 0 per cent chance of rain tomorrow

brandonia

Be nice to get 14 off these last 3 overs!

marchy22

do you know thats its dull down there, it could be beautiful blue skys

Three to go..

Three overs remain this evening - Durham 296-6, leading by 336, with Colly 47* and Wood 29*.

6:43pm

brandonia

Afternoon rain forecast tomorrow according to xcweather.......

auldtimer

New road hasn't got lights.

brandonia

335 lead. 4 overs left today.

marchy22

lancs and worcs didnt get on till 5-30 or something and they are already finished for the day, craziness

brandonia

Treble Nelson lead.

BrianT

Wish I'd got that name before you Ron. Hats off.

ron burgundy

I believe its just day 4 where they have a 6.30 cut off??

brandonia

Fifty partnership.

auldtimer

Didn't someone say we wouldn't finish at half past?

marchy22

cant make heads or tails of these stupid rules

Update

It appears we're continuing! Six overs to go...light is ok, with floodlights in support. Durham 285-6, leading by 325.

6:33pm

brandonia

I know mate, just saying like, they're still on. 6 overs left and no sign of coming off now according to the commentators.

marchy22

just repeating what yvette said before

brandonia

After half past, still on.

BrianT

Try and bat for an hour tomorrow and put them in at high noon.

marchy22

thay are finishing 6-30 at the test too even though they are behind in overs from the first day, thought you played to catch overs up in the tests

BrianT

Time in the middle for Wood is also important in the long run.

marchy22

yvette says we finish at 6-30 even if the overs arent bowled

brandonia

8 overs left tonight, 30 short of a 350 lead - I'd say go for it for the rest of today??? Surely won't hurt?!

marchy22

bat the day out have a swish in the morning and set them 350-370 in 86 or so overs

BrianT

Carter bowling bouncers at Wood. Not a wise thing to do.

brandonia

Sounds like we're batting for Stumps now.

brandonia

Carter bowling constant bouncers to starve us of runs.

auldtimer

Rogers was shot out there.

mac6

Continuing the theme could you make a case for jones

safcluke

Could be 370 ahead by the close if these two give it a whack

marchy22

rogers out lbw

Update

On that note, here's an update...Durham 278-6, leading by 318, Colly 34* and Wood 24*. 10.5 overs left.

6:13pm

BrianT

Kemo sabe

auldtimer

BrianT, you'll have to explain it to him, ha.

BrianT

Think I'll hopalong now.

marchy22

we arent having a row we are expressing our own individual opinions, does anyone think durham will sign a player during the off season

BrianT

I'm not going to trigger a row with you.

marchy22

i wouldnt say rogers is a cowboy

BrianT

They're a couple of cowboys.

marchy22

what points that brian

BrianT

Think you're missing the point Marchy.

Mark

Yes, two excellent players-esp Rogers who is one of the few world class batsmen not playing international cricket so available all season. Roy v exciting batsman

marchy22

roy is a cracking player but where would he play, rogers is an opener and would defo get in the team

brandonia

Shot Colly.

BrianT

I would try and get Roy from Surrey as well. What a combination that would be!

marchy22

middlesex made a decent start to their run chase, that rogers is quality, talk of surrey approaching to sign him i would love to see him at durham

roker1973

reet lads im off cragheed vic calling catch yeer lot the morra taras

auldtimer

Quite possible as its heading for a draw now.

brandonia

Perhaps they want to try for bowling bonus points?

auldtimer

Worcs have declared, it looks like a contrived finish there if they get back on. 2 bonus points each.

brandonia

Three balls from that Carter maiden were down the leg side, seems they're trying to take overs out of the game, petrified of Onions no doubt.

Mark

Yep, some of the rules and regulations are baffling!

BrianT

That's why I love cricket. The people who run it are barmy!

chrissafc

yeah it seems odd. just let the lads bowl all the overs, let's see a good game. if its getting a bit dark, whack the lights on. terrible

Times

Hmm..perhaps we can play on if natural light prevails...however the floodlights can only help maintain natural ligtt as far as I'm aware we couldn't play solely under floodlights if it got dark. All very complicated!

5:55pm

Mark

It would be farcical to finish at 6.30 if conditions are still fine to play

chrissafc

even more bizarre given trent bridge have flood lights as well

auldtimer

I'm not sure we do have to finish at 6.30 as the extra half hour was taken into account when the overs were calculated after the break.

Lead of 300

Four from Mark Wood takes our lead to 301!

5:52pm

brandonia

Nice shot by Woody, 300 lead.

brandonia

15 overs left after this one, no way will they get them bowled in 38 minutes.

marchy22

no chance of durham declaring tonight

brandonia

Very pathetic chris, needs to be adressed too. If you can play they should play.

chrissafc

this 6.30pm rule is pathetic mind

Latest

The new ball has been taken - Phillips returns. Durham 257-6, leading by 297 with 16 overs remaining.

5:50pm

brandonia

New ball taken.

brandonia

Doesn't look likely roker, 3 off the last 3 overs.

chrissafc

Durham lead by 295 runs with 4 wickets remaining

roker1973

hope colly gets notts in the neet for a few owers

tomb

Spose Lumb got a 100 at the Riverside first game when I think about it.

marchy22

read always like to score runs against us

marchy22

and voges too

roker1973

just pleased the lads have found there form, as we were down and oot a month ago

tomb

Could be a cracking 4th day to be fair, wish was there. They have other good batsman, but Read has the experience to score a big innings when most needed, he's done it to us a few times.

brandonia

Bell gone. Crap shot.

marchy22

disagree tomb not just read, u have hales, wessels and lumb too

Mark

Other good thing is Colly has been batting for a while so will have been able to assess the pitch.

tomb

Our bowlers are ideal for pitches with variable bounce, Thorpy and Rushy are good at getting LBW's also. I think Read is the only one capable of doing it for them in this situation.

roker1973

our bowlers have been great all season so i fancy us too beat notts if we get 300-310

auldtimer

"Onions" even.

brandonia

New ball available but not taken yet.

marchy22

agreed, other bowlers will have to chip in

Mark

Always pressure on a 4th innings run chase so-flat wicket or not-I'd back us to bowl them out. If Notts get the runs well done to them!

auldtimer

Onoins was magnificent first time up but I can't see him doing it again on his own.

marchy22

onions wickets of hales and wessels went through just above ankle height, there is variable bounce but they have said onions is the only one to get the most out of it

tomb

Meant if Taylor and Patel were playing for Notts chasing down 300

marchy22

play tests*

tomb

Onions foesnt need any assistance based on the first innings. Might be tougher than I was thinking then.

auldtimer

If durham do bowl today and nip out a wkt or two that will make us favorites, but if we don't get a wkt then they will fancy their chances.

marchy22

patel will only be tests for england on the sub continent same with panesar

Mark

At lunch on TMS there was a report from Trent Bridge and the reporter said the pitch was offering very little assistance to the bowlers.

roker1973

must be good if were getting runs lol

tomb

Bairstow proving theirs life after KP. Would be more concerned if Patel and Taylor were playing. Think 300 will be enough, any idea how the pitch is playing?

brandonia

I'd be happy with a lead of 350 and 96 overs to bowl at Notts. Lot of talent in Notts' batting line-up and they won't bat as badly second time round.

roker1973

eye waiting on

raydetmold

our Linda ?

roker1973

allreet ray see ya sis is grafting in garden hoos

tomb

Wheres Sir Gareth these days?

raydetmold

Hello Roker marra

tomb

Don't think they'll be too confident facing Onions to be fair. Cant even see him off as he bowls long long spells these days.

roker1973

another 20-30 runs should give our bowlers enough too see notts off

Latest

Durham 240-6, lead is 280. 21 overs remain.

5:31pm

brandonia

I'm a tad worried we're giving Notts hope here. How many overs left tonight?

tomb

Middlesex need 254 to beat Surrey, finely poised.

tomb

Sussex will be in the mix for the title if we can finish off Notts

Ian17

Yes, just avoiding the drop will do. It feels very similar to the end of most football seasons for me - and others, I suspect!

2XI

2XI: Worcs needed just 20 runs to win at South North but rain has prevailed and the match is drawn.

5:26pm

tomb

Lancs back on soon

marchy22

3rd bottom will do me

tomb

With our remaining fixtures we could potentially finish quite high up the table, this was probably our toughest game left

tomb

Low high pitched, how does that work! Meant quiet way of speaking. Does come across as a bit odd though.

raydetmold

50 for Bell

tomb

KP doesnt come across as brash and confident in his interviews, what with his low slightly high pitched voice and slightly odd analysis of the days play.

marchy22

lancs winning would be the worst result

tomb

Draw would be best

chrissafc

draw

Mark

I can't decide what's better for us-a draw between Lancs & Worcester or a contrived result so one loses.

tomb

Fancy us and Surrey to win tomorrow, leaving Lancs and Worcester in big trouble.

thirskdurham

It's a shame that such a good bm has his personality

safcluke

150 for both Bell & Bairstow here.

tomb

Not KP's son just to clarify!

tomb

KP not as big a loss as people make out, not made many big scores when England really need it. Bairstow is his son, red hair is the giveaway.

chrissafc

top class

Wicket...

Durham 236-6 as Borthwick is bowled by White for 4. Mark Wood heads out to join Colly (18*). Lead is 276.

5:18pm

raydetmold

totally agrre Chris but still a top batsman

marchy22

hilarious the ecb want him no where england but refuse him to play for surrey

chrissafc

kp is a big headed idiot. good riddance to him. trouble wherever he goes

marchy22

time to move on

thirskdurham

how do you lot feel about kp?

marchy22

his dad played for england, sadly wasnt there to see his son play for england

raydetmold

is he the son of the Yorkshire wicket - keeper ?

chrissafc

from the kp lovers

chrissafc

good to see him do well as a lot of toys out of pram would have been dished around if he failed with the bat

marchy22

half century for bairstow, good innings from him, he is antoher one who will have a good long international career

raydetmold

Good fightback by England , 100 partnership between Bell and Bairstow

tomb

Great, I'll hold you to that. Lets bat on then!

marchy22

no rain tomorrow at all

myboyharry

Chance of rain tomorrow is apparently zero: http://uk.weather.com/weather/10day-UKXX0104?cm_ven=cricinfo_UK&cm_cat=scores&cm_ite=weather&cm_pla=10day

BrianT

350 in 80 overs would suit me if we can stay in.

tomb

Marchy, is the weather forecast 100 guarenteed? Plus more chance of nipping two or three out tonight.

chrissafc

just keep batting for now.

myboyharry

Forgot to say that the next part of the Benkenstein cricketing dynasty has begun his journey. One of his sons plays for Durham City Under 11's and looks a good prospect. Played against my lad the other week (plays for CLS CC U11's).

marchy22

i was just gonna say notts will do a lot better second time round

thirskdurham

We want a lead of >350

BrianT

In my opinion, Notts could get 300 plus in a full day whoever bowls.

tomb

Slightly worried about Read saving them again and Hales always capable of getting a hundred, still think we'll do it if the forecast is correct. Then we can relax a bit for the Worcester game.

marchy22

you dont want notts wanting 280 of say 110 overs, id rather bat the rest of the day and have them chasing 320ish off 96

myboyharry

We've already got enough runs to make it tricky for Notts tomorrow especially with Onions in such good form.

marchy22

why do you want our innings to finish as soon tomb, we have all day tomorrow to bowl them out

tomb

Might help us to get out soon ish anyway.

marchy22

thats a rubbish rule, they need to change the rules to be the same as tests, make overs lost at the end of the day

tomb

Just a half pint then, lol

Wicket...

Durham 225-5, Benkenstein is caught by Lumb off Fletcher for 19. Scott Borthwick joins Colly.

5:01pm

BrianT

Well done lads praisng Benks. He's now out.

tomb

Or freedom of the county. And a free pint in Austins.

chrissafc

very odd

Overs

There are 29.2 overs remaining, but we can only play until 6.30pm.

4:59pm

marchy22

no one will ever do as much as benks has for durham he is mr durham, give him the freedom of the city if u ask me

chrissafc

how many overs left today?

chrissafc

benks and colly, more colly been the main boss

Update

Durham 225-4 as this partnership reaches 32, Colly 11* and Benks 19*. Our lead is 265.

4:58pm

tomb

Benks will be our next coach methinks

marchy22

i have heard benks is to take over from cook when his playing contract comes to an end

thirskdurham

Afternoon, lmc'ers!

myboyharry

Benkenstein is a gritty, determined player. the type you would take to the trenches. after charting progress with MDV he seems to have formed an equally good partnership on and off the field with Collingwood. Surely a bloke to keep at Durham when his playing days end.

auldtimer

A lancs win is the worst result for Durham.

Mark

I suspect the Worcs & lancs captains will try and set something up-if it ever stops raining!

marchy22

a tipster on skysports tipped the champions to come from us surrey or lancs this season and also tipped notts for relegation, how wrong was he

Mark

I think they might.

marchy22

if they do i hope lancs lose, i really dont like them and tipped them for relegation at the start of the season

auldtimer

I wonder if Worcs and Lancs have the guts to contrive a result?

Mark

Yes, 3 sessions should be enough.

marchy22

bat the rest of the day and all day tomorrow will be long enough to bowl them out

Mark

Yeah, I think so. If it comes to it though I'd rather risk losing with an earlyish declaration than bat on too long

stuartp

Good thing is we can leave them a tough chase and they really have to go for it anyway.

marchy22

we have to bat the rest of the day at least

Mark

Colly just needs to decide how many overs he thinks we need to bowl them out. I'd rather an early declaration than a cautious one. A lot will depend on how many overs we get in tonight.

BrianT

I don't think we need to take any risks as Notts will have to chase any target they are given. A draw is of no use to them. They've only won four out of twelve and are missing seven key players.

marchy22

a win here to help us avoid relegation and deny notts the title, nothing better

raydetmold

Good afternoon everybody , glorious day here in Germany , fantastic position we are in

tomb

A win here would be a huge bonus, and another win against Worcester would probably see us into a midtable finish

Update

Think we lost 10 overs, tea was taken during that time.

4:20pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

I assume that with tea taken and playing later, we could make up a lot of the lost time with a bit of luck? We still need a few more runs on the board and would like to see us take a few risks now and get them quickly.

Final session

The final session begins - we lead by 233 runs and there are 40.2 overs remaining.

4:18pm

foxbat

Not going to lie but I had a draw being the best we could hope for from this clash. Very very happy to be proved wrong over the last few days. I'd say we need 280 really as a minimum lead but 300 would be nice.

marchy22

how many overs left

Latest

The Notts eleven is assembling pitchside..we'll resume on 193-4 with Benks and Colly at the crease.

4:15pm

brandonia

Good call that tomb.

BrianT

I've bought some new shoes today. Mildly more interesting than the Surrey radio comm.

tomb

Lucky this isnt a badminton live chat or we wouldnt be able to discuss the equiment.

Latest

I think they have said 4.15pm start..

3:51pm

Mark

v good tomb!

tomb

What happens if we sign a player called Hitch***, say Alfred?

brandonia

Yes!! Ha'way Durham! I presume Tea has been taken?

Update

There's activity out there in the middle...looks like the covers are starting to come off.

3:49pm

brandonia

Good knock from Mybz, are the umpires lost in the covers?!

chrissafc

finn was spot on with us at the eng vs aus game mind.

chrissafc

i was right in front of his hales effort, was very poor sportsmanship, thankfully didnt cost us

Ian17

Haha, fantastic!

tomb

They also censor night watchman if you didnt put a space between t and wat

Mark

Ian, it does that regularly-eg nigh***chman gets 'censored'!

BrianT

Have been to sports arenas all round the country and that's what supporters are like, even up here although no generally with Durham Cricket. I watched Finn arounds the nets a couple of times and he seemed a genuinely nice bloke. Didn't see his "Hales" effort so can't comment.

Ian17

Ooh, just noticed that the website has censored me! - the word I used wasn't rude, but it contains a word which could be rude in a different context so the software obviously doesn't like it!

chrissafc

"durham win and not home till tomorrow night" didnt go down too well :)

chrissafc

"win in 2 days, bring it home" - got sick of hearing that.

Ian17

Yes, they were a bit ***y and arrogant. I was down at the Rose Bowl the other week for the CB40 and the Hant fans were quite similar (although I suppose they've got slightly more of a right to do that at their own ground...).

2XI update

2XI: Durham all out for 236, leading by 19. Myburgh is the last man out for 111.

3:42pm

chrissafc

they didnt like me shouting at finn due to his dis-honesty either

chrissafc

the middlesex fans on day 2 were very ***y and arrogant. amusing to see thorp and borthwick shut them up quickly after the rain.

brandonia

Good news!

Latest

The umpires are coming out to take a look...

3:38pm

marchy22

rushworth has been outstanding since forcing his way into the team

tomb

Thats winning, not whining!

tomb

Wonder what the odds were on us winng before the rain, it was the miracle of the Riverside, 2012. Borthwick as the new beefy and rushworth as the new willis.

Mark

Yes, always dangerous to assume too much in this game. Having said that I think everyone felt it would be over quickly!

2XI

2XI: Durham 229-9 as Buckley is dismissed. Myburgh has passed 100 too!

3:36pm

Ian17

All the Middx fans in the members lounge during the rain break were crowing about what they were going to do for the other two days after they'd beaten us - they shut up fairly quickly afterwards!

brandonia

Has it stopped raining?

Update

No news from Trent Bridge...we'll update as soon as we hear anything.

3:34pm

tomb

Middelsex fans faces at the end were priceless, after two days of taking the pee out of us.

Mark

It certainly worked marchy.

tomb

The rain was a blessing from above, the momentum changed completely after that, they were already on the bus home before then. I've said before and its not meant as an insult but I thought Phil is too nice a lad to be a captain.

marchy22

he said play with controlled aggression

brandonia

Anyone there at Trent Bridge?? Is there a chance of more play today?

Mark

Rain break in that game also perfect timing-we were about 30 ahead with onlk 3 2nd innings wickets left...then Borthwick & Thorp had that superb parthership. Apparently Colly told them to be aggressive.

tomb

Was a good time to play Surrey and Notts so that has helped, but obviously the end of the Middlesex game was a huge turning point. Odd to think if they had scored 20 more runs our season would have seemed over.

Mark

We were due a change of luck and Mustard certainly not to blame for the poor start to the season but I do think the appointment of Colly made a big difference.

Mackem_Dave

Is it a coincidence that the improvement coincided with a change of captain? I am not sure it is all to do with the captain. We were due a change of luck which we had at home to Middlesex, things have improved since then.

tomb

Surrey collapsing a bit now, so game still in the balance there.

tomb

What these last few games have shown is that we have a group of players capable of competing with anyone, we have just been seriously underperforming for most of the season. I'm confident that as long as we stay up, we should be back in the top 3 mix next season!

Mark

Surrey Lancs at end of season is on a contrived pitch! Lancs have moved that game from OT to Liverpool as well as our game.

brandonia

Any sign of the currant bun?

chrissafc

last day of the season could be interesting

tomb

Good shout Mark though a draw would keep both in the mix, a defeat to a rival could be disastarous. Hope Surrey v Lancs at the end of the season doesnt become a contrived result.

Mark

Lancs & Worcester affected by the rain again, still in the first innings of that match. Possible 'contrived' result if the rain stops? Neither side happy with a draw

tomb

Surrey getting a good lead now.

tomb

Thw wickets have been horrendous to bat on at the Riverside as the opposition have realy struggled as well, particularly the top 3. A 50 is almost worth a 100 this season.

tomb

I was at Headingley for some of the test, he bowled reasonably well but allows the batsman to leave most of his deliveries, not great with the new ball,hence his economy rate. I believe Onions weould cause them more trouble. You could argue Onions over Finn instead to be fair.I thought Broad averaged 31 or do you mean this series?

Mackem_Dave

Mark Stoneman's 100 today is only the third FC ton of the season. Last year 22 FC 100's were scored by Durham players. Admittedly the wickets this year have been difficult to bat on.

safcluke

Not bad for a bowler "out of form"

safcluke

He averages a wicket every 26 runs.

tomb

Anyone could take wickets against the West Indies. I said previously that I would have picked the current team + Onions over Bairstow but if I had a choice I would have picked onions over Broad, just my view but i reckon he's a better bowler and batsman would find him harder to face. I also said he is a good player and will be involved for a good while yet. What do you mean, 26 with the bat?

chrissafc

i dont think the england team needs any tweaking. i'm happy KP has been sacked off as well

Mark

If that is it for the day we will imo have to risk losing tomorrow in order to try and win. Even if there's more play today I wouldn't be thinking about trying to bat Notts out of the game before considering a declaration. Ideally we'll get some more play today and set them 300 tomorrow.

safcluke

Before this game he averages 26.

marchy22

broad is a quality bowler, just frustrating cos sometimes he can be very poor and then the next minute look like the best bowler in the wworld

safcluke

Hardly bad form. But I suppose it's all about opinions.

chrissafc

Broad took 3/96 & 5/69 at Leeds, 0/118 at the Oval (all the English bowlers struggled) Against the West Indies he took 7/72 & 4/93 at lords. 2/81 & 1/58 at Trent Bridge.

tomb

Would we declare first thing in the morning if thats it for the day, would be a risk, probably would like to set them 300 and have at least 60 overs to bowl them out?

marchy22

dissapointing to lose a wicket just before the rain falls, might well be it for the day

tomb

Plus the rankings arent a great system, not totally accurate, I think South Africa have been better than England for a while and we always get rolled over in the subcontinent. He has done Ok, my main frustration is that Onions isnt getting a chance I guess. I think Broad generally takes a while to get a wicket and wastes the new ball, most of his victims are in the lower order, just my opinion.

chrissafc

broad took 8 wickets in the last test

Rain

Rain brings play to a halt...

2:49pm

safcluke

Stuart Broads form is quite good if you look at the stats from this summer.

tomb

England have been poor in this series. Broad is a good player and will be an England player for a good while just the feeling is that he is always an automatic pick whhen others like Onions should be given a chance based on their form.

Wicket...

Durham 193-4 after Mustard is caught behind off Carter for 21. Lead is 233 as Paul Collingwood joins Benks (1*)

2:47pm

marchy22

54/4 u mean

safcluke

Also at this time yesterday SA were 54/5.

marchy22

morkel trying to give bairstow sweet chin music

safcluke

English fans are never happy regardless of the sport - the team are number one yet some people decide to jump on Stuart Broads back after one poor bowling innings. Joke

2XI

2XI: Durham 187-7, Coughlin is the man out.

2:43pm

chrissafc

1st or 2nd. hardly pathetic is it?

Latest

Durham 193-3 at present, with a lead of 233, Mustard 21* and Benks 1*.

2:41pm

safcluke

Taylor out.

marchy22

not for long

safcluke

Only number one in the world.

marchy22

how come

safcluke

Marchy*

safcluke

"England are pathetic" - Marshy. Well you've made my day with that comment

safcluke

Can i just ask who Ingrham is? Also well played Rocky.

aapierre

i reckon we need a lead of 400 or a minimum 350 to be certain Notts are a good side and we dont want to be thinking gravy will pick up another set of wickets like yesterday

aapierre

KP asked to text his cricket thoughts, but it turns out he's already reached his monthly limit

chrissafc

300 would be nice.

tomb

Saw him walking his dog after he was out and he loked to be mulling over it. Hard for a player to establish themselves on our batting wicket, especially as an opener. Good to see Cooks faith rewarded.

chrissafc

i remember someone i know, walking past rocky earlier in the season not long after he got out, and said he looked devastated. he's a different player at the moment, bags of confidence

tomb

Aye, given him the belief and taken the pressure off him, he did seem to be too hard on himself when he got out. Just looking at Smiths innings and he did at least bat time and see off the new ball.

chrissafc

the positive words about rocky from cook have obviously kicked rocky on.

Tynevalleyblackcat

Just need to keep scoring runs at a decent pace and we will take the game away from Notts.

tomb

Would be chuffed with a lead of 300 to bowl at.

marchy22

rocky scored 114

Apologies

Sorry - I've done him a dis-service there...Stoneman out for 114.

2:25pm

marchy22

well batted rocky, realising ur potential now

Wicket...

Stoneman is out lbw to Phillips for 106. Next in is Dale Benkenstein. Durham 185-3, leading by 225.

2:24pm

tomb

England batsman used to b atting on flat wickets against feeble attacks, not many good quicks these days apart from Steyn. Don't thnk they're as good as their average suggest.

Drop..

Stoneman dropped on 106 - I wouldn't normally say but Notts needed that!

2:19pm

tomb

Just needed a change of luck, some bad decisions and bad wickets to bat in, now he's got two centuries in a week, well played.

chrissafc

chuffed for rocky mind, he's dug in in recent months. we have a great chance here

marchy22

i think the rain will be setting in now if theres drizzle around

Mackem_Dave

Very well done from Stoneman. Every chance of an exciting final day tomorrow. I believe the weather forecast is pretty good.

marchy22

surrey have lost a wicket eventually

Drizzle...

Drizzle in the air now...hopefully it will pass!

2:13pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

17 off that last over including a 6 from the Colonel!!

chrissafc

bloody heck, we aren't hanging about here

Lead of 200

With that personal milestone, Durham also increased their lead to 211.

2:11pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

Well done to Rocky and the lead is now 202.

marchy22

outstanding rocky, well in

chrissafc

so happy for him

aapierre

Ton up Rocky - brilliant

Stoneman 100

A standing ovation from the Durham dressing room as Mark Stoneman passes the hundred mark. Fantastic!

2:10pm

chrissafc

keep going durham

marchy22

england are pathetic

2XI latest

2XI: Durham 162-6 after Ingram is run out in the second over.

2:03pm

marchy22

trott out

brandonia

I think it may be time to play some shots IMO, if rain is coming it could benefit us to get a move on.

marchy22

rain is coming

chrissafc

well played jennings

marchy22

smash them al owa mustard

Update

It's worth noting that the floodlights have come on to try and maintain the light.

1:51pm

Wicket

Durham 136-2 after Jennings is out lbw to Phillips for 31. Phil Mustard joins Stoneman (82*)

1:48pm

CollingwoodFTM

Great Morning lads, keep it going.

Second session

The second session starts here at TB. Durham 135-1, leading by 175.

1:40pm

2XI

2XI: After rain prevented any play this morning - they are about to get underway!

1:39pm

chrissafc

Could well be a big game now

Tynevalleyblackcat

I was looking at that Chris. Not sure what her indoors has planed as I think its the bank holiday, but if its a nice day and I am free, I will probably take advantage of that offer.

chrissafc

that safc rewards thing, u can get in the hamps pro 40 game for a fiver if you dont have a membership at durham

BrianT

Yes well done, 175 lead. I'm off to the town to get a discounted car park pass by using my SAFC season card. Is there a similar scheme where I can buy a pass for the summer for the car park over the road to the EICG to avoid the endless queues on matchdays?

Lunch

Lunch here at Trent Bridge - Durham 135-1, Stoneman 81* and Jennings 31*, leading by 175.

1:05pm

chrissafc

going nicely here

marchy22

great effort lads

Tynevalleyblackcat

Excellent session for us again.

marchy22

strauss cleaned up

auldtimer

We have a bigger lead here than Surrey have over Middlesex, nothing to worry about.

Update

Mark Stoneman has surpassed his best first class score of 2012 - keep it going! He's 79* at the moment.

12:49pm

Tristan

aye surrey are romping it. puts more pressure on us to win here

Tristan

haha. fair play

Update

Durham 116-1 with 20 minutes til the lunch break. Stoneman 75* and Jennings 20*

12:40pm

BrianT

I'm not going to follow the link yet. I did it once when somebody said I looked like Yoda and it spoiled my day.

marchy22

surrey taking control against middlesex

Tristan

Sorry BrianT - your post just reminded me of this http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/kmh/lowres/kmhn57l.jpg

Tristan

i cant see us batting like this as long as we want - lets just wait and see how many runs we get and then knock them over

BrianT

You got me Tris. I hate being corrected and I am now in the huff.

Tristan

no, i said i was jumping in the shower - just my morning exercises!

Tynevalleyblackcat

If things continue going to plan today. I would assume we will be looking to bat through till about 30 mins before the close? That would be about another 60 overs and even at 3 an over, would see us with a 330 lead?

BrianT

Thought you were getting washed, schoolteacher.

Ian17

Exactly! So - thoughts turning to a competitive total to defend - any views?

auldtimer

"One thing you get from Collingwood captaincy is consistency and a plan." My thoughts exactly BrianT

Tristan

thats two things.

BrianT

One thing you get from Collingwood captaincy is consistency and a plan. Would be surprised is batting order is changed unless it was decided before game started.

Tristan

just gonna jump in the shower. no wickets please yvette

Response to Tynevalleyblackcat

I wouldn't say so....cloud cover and dull!

12:27pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

Run rate has picked up nicely in the last few overs. I assume batting conditions are decent?

auldtimer

I can't see Durham changing the batting order now, Mustard will be in next for me.

Update

Durham 100-1, leading by 140 with Jennings 15* and Stoneman 64*

12:22pm

tomb

Still not sure why Broad is an automatic pick for England with an average of 31. Its acceptable but I would almost guarentee that Onions would do a better job at the moment.

Tristan

fair point from the commentary team. i think it would be a mistake to send mustard in at 4

tomb

Well done to Geoff Cook for recognising his talent and keeping faith with him, he's always looked a good player, just needed a bit more confidence and experience.

Stoneman 50

Fifty for Mark Stoneman! Durham 87-1, leading by 127.

12:13pm

Tristan

great achievement to score 40 odd plus a 50* in a low scoring match like this. lets hope its a match winning contribution

Tristan

well done rocky :)

Tristan

aye good luck to jennings, hope he can stake his claim for a spot next year, i think we will see alot of him

daleslass

Hey I don't like to see any of our players fail

BrianT

Agreed Frank but at least Daleslass is happy.

Tristan

i blame daleslass!

Frankjw

Good lead and Smith did a job against the new ball. Good luck to Jennings

Update

Sorry folks, technical issue! In the time we've missed we are now 70-1 after Smith was caught behind off Fletcher for 15. Our lead is now 110.

12:04pm

Update

Durham 62-0 after 23.5 overs, Stoneman 43* and Smith 15*.

11:45am

Tristan

@daleslass can you name a top 7 that doesnt include smith that is more inform?

daleslass

Still beats me how Smith is still in the team when he's so out of form

Tristan

as would i but stranger things have happened. wasnt convinced we would see smith again at one point

tomb

I'd be suprised if Blackwell plays for us again

Durham 50

Fifty up for the opening pair - Stoneman 35* and Smith 14*. Our lead stands at 93.

11:34am

auldtimer

We only have to match two of the teams below us for points to stay up. Wins would be much better of course, but draws would do if the others only draw.

Tynevalleyblackcat

I would rather the teams below us stay there. Much safer that way.

Tristan

ta

BrianT

Don't care about Surrey cos I still think we'll catch Mdsx if they lose that one.

Response to Tristan

Yes, that is correct.

11:24am

Tristan

myburgh just has a contract to the end of the season is thar right?

Tynevalleyblackcat

In the context of what went before, 87 is a handy lead in anybody's book.

Tynevalleyblackcat

Worcester and Lancs still being plagued by rain and bad light, but Surrey are now back in contention in their match.

Update

I don't want to jinx these two but they're doing well and digging in...Durham 46-0, leading by 87.

11:22am

Tristan

@BrianT f course he would, he has been crucial to our success over the last few years and has been a huge story this year through his omission - understandable he is fairly fresh in the mind!

Tristan

our best success has come with two spinners in the side however, and its always useful to have players who can score runs and take wickets. we dont have any other spinners at the club as far as im away, bar breesy

Tristan

agreed. but for whatever reason he is in the dog house. finding the way back into the team is going to be hard for him.

BrianT

Whatever happens, players come and go. What is important is that Blackwell and Harmison etc will be fondly remembered when they do part company. Looking through the year book yesterday I saw that 120 or so players had played first class cricket for Durham. I don't remember some of them. If I was making a list without the book in front of me Blackwell would be one of the first to be remembered.

daleslass

Tristan I'm meaning when he's in form he's a class player. There is always room for experience in a side

Latest

Durham lead by 80 at the minute, 40-0 in the second innings.

11:13am

Tristan

@daleslass - please dont think i dont think he is good enough to get into the team, im just speculating that he will find it hard to get back in, with such a crop of youngsters who will quite possibly be given the keys to the team next year

Tristan

great to see rushworth & stokes' bowling success this year, massive credit to them and our staff to get them bowling so well

daleslass

Macken Dave where did you hear this ? Another one of those end of season rumours

Tristan

from the outside looking in it must be ridiculous looknig at DCCC - struggling to avoid relegation [not so much now after a few good results] and yet loaning out steve harmison & ian blackwell with liam plunkett gathering dust anarl

Mackem_Dave

Yvette, I understand the club is unlikely to confirm the comment at this stage.

daleslass

Tristan I think he'll get back in the team.

daleslass

Better news about Blackie. Mackem Dave you gave me heart failure !!!

Tristan

hard to see a way back for him though, especially with young players like wood & harrison knocking on the door

Latest

Durham 35-0 after 2 overs this morning, Stoneman 23* and Smith 9*. Phillips and Carter are the current attack.

11:07am

marchy22

I haven't heard anything about Blackwell leaving at the end of the season

Response to Mackem_Dave

That isn't accurate as far as I am aware. Blackwell has gone on loan until the end of the season to Warwickshire.

11:05am

daleslass

Shocked about Blackie. Hope he finds another county

Tristan

hadnt heard that. how the might fall, he was indeed instrumental in our success as you say

Mackem_Dave

Dissapointing to hear last night that Ian Blackwell and Durham are mutually terminating his contract at the end of the season. Good Luck to IB for the future he was instrumental in the CC wins.

Tristan

alot of people seem surprised about GO in his interview - he always comes across well. top top lad is bunny

CollingwoodFTM

Just watched the highlights on the ECB App. Very good and a different set to Sky's last night. I thought GO came across fantastically well in his Sky interview last night. A credit to his County. Well done yesterday lads, don't waste the hard work.

Play begins

Durham resume on 27-0 with Mark Stoneman (19*) and Will Smith (5*) at the crease. Phillips to bowl first.

10:59am

Tristan

oh aye, agreed, 300-0 declared and 28-9 at close!

BrianT

Aim for the stars Tris! My little effort wasn't a prediction by the way.

Tristan

weather looks good for tomorrow btw

Tristan

although in the context of this match/season 30-40 would be deemed a good knock!

Tristan

also hoping for a good knock from jennings

Tristan

if you look at the season as a whole the chances of us batting out 64 overs are not all that great, far more likely to have a lead of around 200 and have them 50-4 by close, thats my prediction. another tight finish tomorrow but i fancy us to win it, onions taking career match figures

BrianT

Looks like there could be up to 2 inches of rain from 4 oclock. If we could bat till then, say 64 overs at 3 an over would leave us 239 ahead. 4 an over would leave them with about 300 to win in a day and that would see us as winners. If only it was as easy as that!

Tristan

you are an angel yvette

Highlights

Right - leave this with me...I'll try and get it sorted ASAP.

10:36am

daleslass

Just back from a walk with the dog. Got absolutely drenched.

Tristan

great to hear yvette. same problem with surrey highlights - blank screen. ECB site seems to be missing half of dccc games - broken links taking you to error pages... :(

BrianT

Just checked spelling of Graham. Won't mispell it again.

Update

The warm ups are underway - reckon we could be starting on time here!

10:28am

Tristan

he's a great lad is graham

Tristan

'i think mitch probably would have got 10'

BrianT

A refreshingly modest interview from our hero Graeme Onions on BBC Sports news last night. Hope our footballers watch and learn from it.

salmon

Same here no vision on highlights

Tristan

cheers brandy but but but i want to increase traffic on the dccc site!

brandonia

Try the ECB site gents.

Tristan

not getting much joy here trying to load the glamorgan match. bcc weather suggests 12-4pm should be clear

Tristan

thats a relief. sort of! trying to load the glamorgan game now...

BrianT

Same problem here Tris. Thought it was just me.

Tristan

same problem with day 2 v notts in fact, is it just me?

Tristan

yvette im having some problems with the TV... day one v notts has audio but just a blank black/grey screen also the pro 40 v surrey, day 3 v surrey & day 2-4 against middlesex are missing?

Tristan

hope it will brighten up later? still more wickets there for onions to take. if we can get a fair chunk of play we can win this one from here

Update

More rain is falling here - the full covers are on.

9:46am

Latest

The rain has stopped and it looks to be trying to brighten up!

9:35am

Highlights

The highlights from yesterday are uploaded so if you missed the action catch up now while it's raining!

9:17am

Update

On route to the ground - it's just started raining...

9:14am

Day three

A little grey here at Nottingham but no delay to the start. Hopefully it will brighten up!

8:26am

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