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Durham CCC v Somerset CCC

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Durham

Thanks for joining me for the past two days. LMC will return tomorrow with Tom at the helm, with hopefully a Durham victory at hand.

6:31pm

Close of Play

At the end of Day two, Durham are 92-8 and hold a 210 run lead over Somerset.

6:30pm

safcluke

They do have a good batting line up I suppose, but Onions/Rushy/Thorp is a good attack.

RE:safcluke

Chasing 200+ will be difficult on this wicket especially with the way the Durham bowlers bowled in the first innings.

5:58pm

safcluke

Looks like all 22 players have struggled to bat, I'd have took this lead. We have a good chance to win tomorrow. Good day for me...

Durham

What do we think of today's play then?

5:54pm

Update!

It's very gloomy now, I wouldn't fancy our chances of getting back on the field today.

5:51pm

IAIN6W

210 should be enough.

RE: Bryn

Laters Bryn. No don't think she's late at all. Think she's coming over from Australia and their season's just finished.

5:50pm

bryn

aye see yer sats brandas,booked the *entertainment* you asked for,just remember to act surprised!

Update

Players are off due to bad light. Durham 92-8, Mustard 23* and Onions 5*. Lead is 210.

5:47pm

RE: Brandonia

I'm freelancing at the minute, just I knew how the LMC worked so I was asked to do it for this game.

5:44pm

brandonia

Gan canny bryn. See you Satda neet.

bryn

That sounded like the new media officer was late! im off home to thaw out laters xox

Fours!

Mustard cracks a couple of boundaries to lift his score up to 22*. Durham's lead is now 209.

5:41pm

brandonia

Are they paying you Tradesman's rate Simon? For the extra duties?!

Tynevalleyblackcat

More like it. Lets gets this tail wagging.

brandonia

Two Fours to Colonel.

Re:Bryn

What's up?

5:39pm

brandonia

Nice one. Are the ECB doing Day Highlights again this season? Can't see nowt on their website like.

bryn

i detect hostility :-(

Re: brandonia

Cheers. I think the new media officer will be, when she arrives.

5:38pm

brandonia

Well very nice to have you here Simon! Cracking service this. Who will be taking over?? If you're looking for someone I can send my CV in.

Durham

Durham now lead by 200 runs!!

5:36pm

Re: brandonia

You mean me? I'm Simon but I'm not taking the LMC all season.

5:36pm

After 38 overs

Durham are 81-8 after 38, Mustard 13* and Onions 4*. Lead is 199.

5:34pm

BrianT

Kirby steaming in to hoover up the tail?

Tynevalleyblackcat

They will now need to score 200 to win.

brandonia

Who is the speaker this season then??!

brandonia

Nah, he's too classy to be my best man.

bryn

Put my name down,karl turner best man? Oooh i <3 a wedding

Change in Bowling

Kirby replaces Thomas at the Finchale End.

5:30pm

brandonia

Aye mate. Not be long now. Our lass is off on her hen do this weekend, so I'm going to get the lads round and crack open the Mint Baileys..... Fancy it?!

bryn

Brando is it this year your getting hitched?

Tynevalleyblackcat

The plus side here is that we might get a pop at them tonight and they won't find it easy either. Get a couple of quick ones out and it could be set up for us to close it out tomorrow.

safcluke

Hit the ball long!!

New batsman

New man at the crease is Graham Onions.

5:27pm

Wicket!

Thorp goes for 6 caught by Kieswetter off the bowling of Overton. Durham 77-8. Lead is 195.

5:26pm

brandonia

Time for the Colonel to play some shots. A quick 30 for the last two wickets could be huge.

brandonia

Thorp gone.

brandonia

Much appreciated!

Tynevalleyblackcat

Edging close to that 200 lead.

Re: brandonia

On the contacts page, which is here. http://www.durhamccc.co.uk/pages/contacts/

5:25pm

brandonia

Any email addresses for these guys?? Shot Thorpy

RE:brandonia

I don't know myself, but if you contact Sarah or Richard at the club, they might shed some light on it.

5:24pm

brandonia

Hate having to wait til I get home from work to post. Miss out on all the crack!

brandonia

Well, been an interesting day it seems. Can anyone shed any light on why I can't log-in on my iPhone?? AND also, will we be able to Text in again? Or have texts been disabled?

Re:safcluke

Light is ok at the minute, whether it deteriorates in the next 30 mins or so, may be a problem.

5:22pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

They will probably wait till we are all out and then decide its too dark knowing our luck.

safcluke

Do you think they'll get all the overs in or will it be too dark?

35 overs in

Durham are 71-7 after 35. Mustard 12* and Thorp 1*. Lead is 189.

5:20pm

Dropped!

Thorp is dropped at third slip by Trego off the bowling of Overton.

5:17pm

bryn

* makes plans to kidnapp trescothick*

Wicket!

That was a good ball from Thomas rose high on Scotty at the last second and he could only fend the ball to third slip. Good catch from Trego as well, got down low.

5:13pm

stephsafc

I agree Luke

safcluke

Need that lead past 200...

Wicket!

Borthwick is out for three as he's caught in the slips by Trego off the bowling of Thomas. Durham 68-7. Lead is 186.

5:12pm

stephsafc

Wicket

stephsafc

Spoke too soon.

Durham

Durham had gone 14 overs without scoring a boundary until Mustard hit those two fours.

5:11pm

stephsafc

Shhh lol, although the 4s have brightened the place up ever so slightly

RE:safcluke

23 overs remaining in the day.

5:10pm

Four!

Mustard finds the boundary again this time through point. He moves to 12*.

5:10pm

safcluke

How many overs left tonight?

Four!

Mustard picks up his first boundary as he drills a shot through cover from an Overton delivery.

5:09pm

RE:stephsafc

I would say it's got a tad brighter in the last five minutes. If anything.

5:08pm

stephsafc

The light in the members lounge has become as though its darker outside (trying my best here...)

Action

Mustard gets an inside edge but the ball misses the stumps and squirts down the fine leg.

5:05pm

BrianT

They'll be off to watch Countdown soon.

bryn

I shall :-)

Re: bryn

Haha enjoy me while you can!

5:04pm

bryn

Lolz im liking the cut of your jib simon.....your hired!

After 31 overs

Durham are 59-6 after 31 overs. Mustard 3* and Borthwick 3*. Lead is 177.

5:03pm

RE: bryn

I would say they are firmly entrenched at the moment.

5:01pm

bryn

Hardcore digging in :-(

auldtimer

The umps have had a chat but still playing.

Update

A conversation between the Umps but play continues.

4:59pm

Stan Drop

Tell the umps their mam says their tea is on the table.

bryn

the umps are 'digging in'

RE: chrissafc

I wouldn't say the light is that bad yet, the umpires haven't had any conversations. Gloomy but not unplayable.

4:56pm

stephsafc

Its no darker than it was this morning at 11am but I'd be prepared to lie and say its pitch black if they came off and it saved us a couple of wickets

auldtimer

Batting has become harder as the game's progressed, every run we score makes that little bit harder for them.

chrissafc

ask for the light and get off for the night

stephsafc

Marchy, why are you always so negative? They got less than 140 between 10 of them in their last innings. Its a difficult pitch. Have a bit of faith in Onions and Rushy.

BrianT

Why are we playing in the dark? It's like Offerton Street circa 1956. I would declare now.

Action

Borthwick hits the ball in the air but it just falls short of the fielder at cover. Very close.

4:53pm

morzee

16 wickets in a day (so far)! Good toss to lose i'd suggest! I just hope the pitch inspector takes account of the fact it is early april and 2 weeks ago the ground was under snow!

Update

Conditions here aren't easy, it's become a little gloomy so the light isn't the best. The ball is moving off the pitch a bit. 200+ could be very tough total to chase.

4:53pm

stephsafc

Ha, I'm still in all my layers and am just nice. But then I am cold all the time. 200 lead would do me finely.

marchy22

a 200 lead will be nothing if tresco gets going

Stan Drop

They were 87/5. If we can get up to their score by say lunchtime tomorrow we'll be 250 ahead, with five sessions to bowl'em out.

chrissafc

i'd gladly take 200 lead

bryn

....and steph aye it is,wearing my mankini next time im in there!

auldtimer

How is being 172 ahead on a difficult pitch pathetic?

keenasmustard

Lets hope our tail wags again.

New Batsman

New man at the crease for Durham is Scott Borthwick.

4:48pm

bryn

i' ll take a lead of 200 now

marchy22

this is pathetic

Wicket!

Stokes is gone caught behind by Kieswetter off the bowling of Thomas for 22. Durham 54-6. Lead 172.

4:47pm

keenasmustard

AAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chrissafc

stokes out

chrissafc

commentators mentioning bad light

27 overs in

Durham are 54-5 after 27. Stokes 22* and Mustard 2*. Lead is 172.

4:46pm

stephsafc

Bryn, lovely isnt it. I'm sat in here lol :-)

bryn

all the moneys going on the heating bill in the members lounge,you could grow tropical plants up there!

chrissafc

really hope this ashes test goes well for the club

Action

Mustard gets a leading edge to square leg but fortunately the ball bounces just short of the field. Close!

4:43pm

southwood

Not broke yet ,just hard up and hoping for a good retrun from the Ashes judging by the lack of attention to CC cricket

chrissafc

yup. a lot of people fail to understand durham are skint yet expect top class people to play. it's frustrating but i guess we've just got to get on with it

marchy22

he says hes committed to durham, if he was he should have retired and not picked up his wage this year for doing nothing

southwood

If anything was said it was to the effect they would bring someone in who could play all season. They could not afford anyone until Blackwell contract resolved and still cannot afford anyone.

keenasmustard

Does anyone know if the club are actually broke?

auldtimer

Durham don't have the money to sign a top quality batsman and there's no point in signing average players just for the sake of it.

chrissafc

thankfully

marchy22

this is his last year if his lucrative four year contract so hopefully we will get some new players for next season

Bowling

Thomas will continue from the Finchale End.

4:37pm

bryn

Waay over his head luke ;-)

chrissafc

colly doesnt manage the purse strings. things would be different if we could get rid of harmison

Re: chrissafc

Dropped short of slip, I think.

4:36pm

marchy22

if not hussesy someone should have been brought in colly said durham would be signing an overseas batsmen for this season

chrissafc

mustard dropped

bryn

:-)

safcluke

aye Marchy, I suppose it is that easy...

50 up for Durham

Stokes powers a shot to deep square leg to bring the 50 up for Durham. 50-5, lead is 168.

4:35pm

marchy22

could have rebted a nice hime for six months and brought them with him

safcluke

Difference*

safcluke

ipl is 6 weeks or so, county cricket is 6 month. Big differnce.

marchy22

stuff the digging, stokes and the colonel should start blasting them to all parts kf the ground

bryn

Haawaaay the diggers!!!!

Bowling

Overton will continue from the Lumley End after Tea.

4:33pm

marchy22

hasnt stopped him going to the ipl though

New Batsman

Phil Mustard joins Ben Stokes at the crease.

4:32pm

safcluke

He wanted time with his young family, hence why he quit international cricket.

marchy22

micheal hussey should have been signed to come back

Durham

The players and umpires are making their way back onto the field for the final session.

4:31pm

Mark

No surprise batsmen on both sides have struggled in these conditions against quality bowling. However our top 3 looks vulnerable to me-not a knee jerk reaction to what's happened in this game but we really needed to bring in a replacenent for Diva.

safcluke

Surely Muchall has had his chances now in four day cricket? Still worth keeping for the limited overs games like.

marchy22

richardaon finished last season in good form and desrved to start the season with first chance ahead of muchall and smith

chrissafc

was simply throwing the question out. muchall and richardson will be knocking on the door asking for a call up.

BrianT

Think you're being harsh on Smith. Every batsman has found it difficult in this game. Only Stokes and Borthwick yesterday have made decent contributions with the bat. There's Richardson and Muchall to come in but would they have done any better? Don't know.

Mark

Very tough batting conditions, we may already have a match winning lead!

Tynevalleyblackcat

166 for 5. Could have been better, but could have been an awful lot worse.

Tea

That's Tea at the Emirates Durham ICG, tough session for the batsmen. Durham still have a good lead though.

4:16pm

Wicket!

Collingwood goes for 11 lbw to Thomas. Durham are 48-5. Lead by 166.

4:15pm

chrissafc

last ball of the session as well

thirskdurham

tea

thirskdurham

colly out!

Action

Stokes almost plays the ball onto his stumps from an Overton delivery. It misses by an inch. Phew!

4:09pm

bryn

*chokes on mb* not guilty!

Change in Bowling

Jamie Overton replaces Trego at the Lumley End after a 10 over spell.

4:07pm

RE: keenasmustard

Haha, bryn started it all blame him.

4:05pm

keenasmustard

I hear about so much digging in that the groundsman will be worried about all the damage these spades are causing.

21 overs in

Durham are 45-4 after 21, Collingwood 10* and Stokes 18*, well and truly dug in. Lead 163.

4:03pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

163 for 4

thirskdurham

Read my message out on radio.

stephsafc

Back in the members lounge, freezing. Quite a lot of people about today, compared to a few that I've seen

bryn

Keep not panicking and dig in calmly

Appeal

Somerset are up for an lbw against Colly but the umpire says no.

3:54pm

safcluke

I'd fancy us with a lead of 220.

After 18 overs

Durham are 37-4 after 18. Stokes 15* and Colly 5*. Lead is 155.

3:50pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

The weather improving tomorrow worries me as we may not still be batting to take advantage of it.

chrissafc

keep calm and carry on lads. the new "dont panic" :)

Stan Drop

Forecast has improved for tomorrow and Saturday so oodles of time left in the game. Play canny tonight, keep wickest in hand and enough runs will come. I reckon 270 run lead will be plenty, so only 120 or so to go. Keep calm and carry on lads!

safcluke

They'll give Smith another chance but I'd go with Richo.

Durham

As some of you say there's plenty of time left in the game.

3:49pm

safcluke

thanks to ChrisSafc for the updates this afternoon, what's happened??

chrissafc

So then...... stick with smith or select muchall or richardson?

Durham

To be fair guys there's not many scoring opportunities to be had here. Somerset are bowling a good line. Not easy batting conditions either.

3:49pm

chrissafc

Agree again Brian. Plenty time left.

thirskdurham

@chrissafc: thanks

BrianT

The pressure is in trying to stay in. There's two and a half days to go.

Four!

Stokes eases the pressure with a boundary on the pull from a short delivery from Thomas. He moves to 12*.

3:47pm

chrissafc

wearcricket@yahoo.co.uk

thirskdurham

What's the e-mail for the BBC Newcastle/Somerset commentary?

marchy22

it is 26 runs off 16 overs is putting so much pressure on you proved by stokes nearly being run out

chrissafc

40 overs remaining

chrissafc

i'm with brian with that point

BrianT

We scored 250, slowly. They scored 132 quickly. What's the point you're making?

ashleys army

Nowt stupid lads

Tynevalleyblackcat

I agree with you Marchy. The run rate is almost as bad as the falling wickets.

16 overs in

Durham are 26-4 after 16. Stokes 5* and Collingwood 4*. Lead is 144.

3:43pm

keenasmustard

That's it. I'm panicking

Action

Somerset miss a golden chance to run out Stokes on a quick single, but the underarm through misses the stumps.

3:42pm

chrissafc

risky run. silly lads, settle down

marchy22

somerset still managed to score at a good rste and we have just ground to a halt which builds even more pressire

Change in Bowling

Alfonso Thomas replaces Steven Kirby at the Finchale End. Stokes looks dug in after facing 20 balls for his four runs.

3:38pm

chrissafc

i'm off work tomorrow i might see a few overs if i'm lucky

thirskdurham

maiden

chrissafc

just stick in/dig in/don't panic and stay at the crease.

13 overs in

Durham are 22-4 after 13. Stokes 4* and Collingwood 1* Lead is 140.

3:30pm

thirskdurham

Ha ha. Well in bryn.

bryn

Im asking for a friend

bryn

is 'dig in' the new 'dont panic' ?

thirskdurham

@keenasmustard I started a bit ago.

ashleys army

Keep the faith all is not lost yet though I mite have to cancel my day off for 2morro cause it'll b finished bt lunch

chrissafc

haway lads

keenasmustard

Can I panic yet?

Tynevalleyblackcat

Stop panicking people. One good stand and it will look very different.

Durham

Batting is tricky out there at the moment. Keep the faith guys, one partnership can swing the momentum back.

3:26pm

BrianT

14

marchy22

at the way we are going we will be out for under 60

chrissafc

16 wickets in the day so far

BrianT

So we'll be all out for 81 or less Marchy?

Tynevalleyblackcat

138 for 4. Badly need a decent partnership.

marchy22

we wont even get a lead of 200 and trescothick wont fail twice

BrianT

Can I make an observation? I was at the ground for the morning session. We bowled well, batting looked difficult and some of England's finest batsmen were out for not many. So what's different about when we bat?

New Batsman

New man at the crease for Durham is Paul Collingwood.

3:22pm

keenasmustard

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Wicket!

Benkenstein goes for 8 caught behind by Kieswetter off the bowling of Kirby. Durham 20-4. Lead by 138.

3:21pm

parky

doh!

chrissafc

another wicket

After 10 overs

Durham are 20-3 after 10. Benkenstein 8* and Stokes 4*. Lead is 138.

3:16pm

marchy22

thats a long way off yet

keenasmustard

I'll be happy with a lead of 250 or more.

Durham

Batting doesn't look easy out there. The lads need to dig in here and hope for some luck along the way.

3:11pm

Four!

An edge from Stokes just evades the slips and goes to the boundary. He's off the mark.

3:10pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

134 for 3. Just need to dig in and hold our nerve. One or two decent stands would see us with a comfortable lead.

New Batsman

New man at the crease for Durham is Ben Stokes.

3:09pm

marchy22

dear me

Wicket!

Jennings is out for 5, as he's clean bowled by Trego. Durham are 16-3. Lead by 134.

3:09pm

chrissafc

jennings out

marchy22

we need 200 to be comfortable i reckon

Durhamlad

Smith never seems to score runs and hes had so many chances over the years. I wonder, is he dating Geoff Cooks daughter?!

Tynevalleyblackcat

Agreed Stan Drop but the same applies to Somerset. If they post the same score in the 2nd innings as they did in the 1st, then we already have enough runs to win!!!

After 7 overs

Durham are 15-2 after 7. Benkenstein 8* and Jennings 4*. Lead is 133.

3:04pm

Four!

Benkenstein powers another drive to the boundary this time through the covers. He moves to 8*.

3:03pm

Stan Drop

Two sharp reminders that batting in April is no picnic, and Somerset have a more than useful attack. The lads need to bat well to put up a defendable target.

Appeal

Somerset are up appealing for lbw against Benkenstein but the umpire says not out.

2:59pm

bryn

top scorer at colwyn bay!

marchy22

i dont understand why richardson was left out, he played well at the end of the season and deserved to start the season in the team.

Berb

Lets get hold of this again, did really this morning :-)

Ian17

Yup, definitely need to be positive - mustn't undo today's hard work so far!

Four!

Benkenstein gets off a pair with a four, dispatching a Trego ball to the mid-wicket boundary.

2:55pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

123 for 2. Need to be positive here.

New Batsman

New man at the crease for Durham is Dale Benkenstein.

2:54pm

keenasmustard

Oh dear.

chrissafc

richardson for smith next game

bryn

maaaaan :-(

Wicket!

Smith goes for a duck as he's clean bowled by Trego. Durham 5-2, lead by 123.

2:53pm

After 4 overs

Durham are 5-1 after 4 overs. Smith 0* and Jennings 3*. Durham lead by 123.

2:52pm

Appeal

Somerset appeal for lbw against Jennings from a Kirby delivery. Umpire shakes his head.

2:50pm

marchy22

haway lads stick in

Tynevalleyblackcat

121 for 1 in a one innings match.

New Batsman

New man at the crease for Durham is Will Smith.

2:45pm

Wicket!

Stoneman goes for two as he edges a ball from Trego to Kieswetter. Durham 3-1.

2:45pm

Edge!

Stoneman edges a ball from Trego but the ball bounces just before it reaches first slip. Escape for Rocky.

2:44pm

Durhamlad

Fantastic to see Rushy do so well he's a great lad and a fine bowler. Hopefully at least one of these openers can get a really knock here

Bowling

Steven Kirby shares the new ball with Trego and will start from the Finchale End.

2:38pm

Durham

Jennings and Stoneman get Durham off the mark in the 2nd innings. 2-0 after the 1st over.

2:37pm

Bowling

Peter Trego wil open the bowling for Somerset from the Lumley End.

2:35pm

Durham

Keaton Jennings and Mark Stoneman are opening things up for Durham in the 2nd innings.

2:34pm

Action

Players are back out for Durham's 2nd innings.

2:34pm

keenasmustard

2.5 points in credit then.

Bonus Point

Durham now have five bonus points from this game, after bowling Somerset out for 132.

2:31pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

Will still be tricky batting conditions but that lead is very significant. Even just a steady 2nd innings would probably put Somerset out of the game.

chrissafc

sussex are battering yorkshire

chrissafc

game over tomorrow night i reckon

CollingwoodFTM

Brilliant lads. Now put the hard work in and get 250+ in the second innings.

Tynevalleyblackcat

To get a first innings lead of 118 when we were 95 for 5 yesterday is brilliant.

Durham

Excellent work by the bowlers today with Rushworth and Onions leading the way. Rushy finishes with figures of 6/58 while Onions gets 4/41.

2:26pm

marchy22

great effort, well vowled onions and rushy

Tynevalleyblackcat

Superb effort.

Wicket!

Rushworth wraps up the Somerset innings as he gets Kirby caught at slip by Stokes for 0. Somerset all out for 132. Durham have a lead of 118.

2:25pm

Ian17

Top job lads!

chrissafc

132 all out

chrissafc

all out

chrissafc

131/9

Tynevalleyblackcat

Brilliant stuff since yesterday lunchtime pretty much. No silly last wicket stand please.

New batsman

New man at the crease is Stephen Kirby.

2:22pm

Durham

Onions get his fourth wicket of the innings as his delivery clatters into Dockrell's off stump. He seemed to be leaving the ball.

2:21pm

marchy22

my predicition of all out for 137 is gonna be close

Wicket!

Onions gets another wicket as he clean bowls Dockrell. Somerset 129-9.

2:20pm

chrissafc

wicket

keenasmustard

Good work Rushy lad.

Tynevalleyblackcat

n all seriousness, with a wicket falling every 21 runs in the match so far, a 100 lead would be huge.

chrissafc

this is a good effort. keep it going lads

chrissafc

Somerset trail by 122 runs with 2 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

Tynevalleyblackcat

124 would be better :)

chrissafc

lets make sure we have a lead of 100

New batsman

New man at the crease for Somerset is Dockrell. Rushworth's figures are now: 12.5-1-55-5.

2:15pm

chrissafc

brilliant rushy lad

Wicket!

Rushworth gets his fifth wicket as he clean bowls Buttler for 35. Somerset 122-8.

2:14pm

chrissafc

8 down

parky

5-fer

35 overs in

Somerset are 116-7 after 35, Buttler 29* and Overton 11*. Current partnership 13*.

2:11pm

chrissafc

116/7

Action

Two big wafts outside the off stump by Overton but he somehow misses the ball twice. So close to a fifth wicket for Rushy.

2:05pm

CollingwoodFTM

Haway lads, I'm about to go into see the dentist ease my pain.

Stan Drop

Nelson

Appeal

Onions and the entire team are up shouting for lbw against Buttler. But, the umpire says no.

2:01pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

Lets get this tail sorted quickly. 100 first innings lead would be great.

Action

So close to another for Rushworth as he beats Overton all ends up but the ball misses the outside edge and the stumps.

1:57pm

New Batsman

New man at the crease for Somerset is Jamie Overton. Rushworth now has four wickets. His figures are now: 10.2-1-42-4.

1:56pm

Wicket!

Rushworth strikes again as he gets Thomas caught in front of his stumps lbw for 9. Somerset 103-7.

1:54pm

chrissafc

wicket

parky

and another

Stan Drop

Thanks. Let's hope so.

100 up

Somerset reach 100 in the 31st over of their innings for the loss of six wickets.

1:51pm

Action

Oh so close to wicket number seven as Thomas has a waft at a Rushworth delivery outside off stump, but is just misses the edge. Somerset 99-6.

1:48pm

After 29 overs

Somerset are 94-6 after the first over of the afternoon session. Rushworth set to continue from the Lumley End.

1:45pm

Bowling

Onions will open things up form the Finchale End. His current figures are: 9-3-25-3.

1:41pm

Durham

Players are back out for the afternoon session.

1:40pm

RE:Stan Drop

He was fielding in the slips until lunch, so I assume he must be ok. Perhaps just a sore one on the end of his fingers when he caught Suppiah.

1:26pm

Stan Drop

Great morning's work lads! What news of Colly's hand?

auldtimer

The lads have bowled well, inspired bowling change from Colly to bring Rushy back just before lunch.

Tynevalleyblackcat

To be fair, the conditions seem even worse than yesterday morning so can't have been easy batting. Lets hope we can finish them off and they don't recover like we did.

CollingwoodFTM

Our morning I think.

Lunch

It's lunch and what a great morning for Durham picking up six wickets, with Onions and Rushworth grabbing three each. Somerset 92-6, Buttler 22* and Thomas 3*.

1:05pm

Durham

Just a note on the Barrow wicket. The ball nipped back into him late and clattered into middle stump.

1:01pm

safcluke

Great morning.

One more over

One more over before the lunch. Rushworth to bowl.

1:00pm

chrissafc

as they all are. fantastic morning for us this

chrissafc

we had a good chat with him on the last day of the season on the night in austins, top lad

marchy22

yes he has worked hard and now he is getting the rewards, im very happy for him

Edge!

Thomas edges a Thorp delivery but is falls just short of Smith at gully. Some fantastic bowling by the lads this morning.

12:58pm

chrissafc

rushy = hardwork paying off. good on the lad

Ian17

Well done Rushy, fantastic stuff!

Tynevalleyblackcat

Brilliant. I said I wanted 6 down by lunch. How about 7?

Durham

New batsman Alfonso Thomas just keeps out the hat-trick ball. Great bowling by Rushy, his figures are now: 8-1-31-3.

12:56pm

Wicket!

Trego got a thick edge to Borthwick at second slip, he snagged it with ease. Come on Rushy!

12:54pm

chrissafc

caught borthwick

marchy22

how was he out?

Wicket!

Rushworth strikes again and is on a hat-trick as he gets Trego first ball. Somerset 87-6.

12:54pm

chrissafc

rushy on a hatrick

chrissafc

trego gone

chrissafc

wicket

marchy22

well in rushworth, i wasnt a massive fan but was very much improved last season and deserves his place in the team and hope he continues to get better

New Batsman

New man at the crease is Peter Trego.

12:52pm

keenasmustard

YEEEEEESSSSS

Wicket!

Rushworth gets his second wicket as he clean bowls Barrow for 2. Somerset 87-5.

12:51pm

chrissafc

gerrin rushy lad

parky

yess

Action

Close to a second wicket for Rushworth as his delivery just passes the outside edge of Barrow. Close!

12:50pm

keenasmustard

Kieswetter was becoming a problem so glad we got him before lunch. Another one before they go in would be ideal.

chrissafc

good to see rushy with a wicket

24 overs in

Somerset are 86-4 after 24. Buttler 22* and Barrow 1*. Rushworth's figures are now: 7-1-30-1.

12:46pm

Durham

That was a hard drive by Kieswetter but the ball from Rushworth nipped away at the last second, Colly took at good catch at head height. Come on Durham!

12:44pm

CollingwoodFTM

Cheers Chris. One more before lunch would be fantastic. Batting by tea would be brilliant.

chrissafc

Middlesex looking good at notts

New Batsman

New batsman is Alex Barrow.

12:43pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

Get in. Lets get them 5 or 6 dowm by lunch.

Wicket!

Rushworth gets Kieswetter for 21 caught by Collingwood at first slip. Somerset 81-4.

12:41pm

chrissafc

kies out

CollingwoodFTM

More info Chris

chrissafc

colly's hand must be ok

chrissafc

huge wicket

Durham

Tight bowling from Thorp so far going for just three runs in his first three overs. Somerset 81-3.

12:40pm

ashleys army

Need them to make a game of it or I'll have nothing to watch 2morro

Action!

Phil Mustard comes right up to the stumps with Rushworth bowling. Kieswetter has been batting out of his crease, lets see if this forces a mistake.

12:35pm

Change in Bowling

Rushworth replaces Stokes at the Lumley End.

12:32pm

21 overs in

Somerset are rebuilding after Durham's great start. They're 77-3 after 21, Kieswetter 20* and Buttler 18*. Current partnership 38*.

12:32pm

marchy22

we need this wicket come on

Action!

Thorp forces a false shot from Buttler and the ball just misses the outside edge. That was close.

12:29pm

stephsafc

I need to buy more than a crash helmet ha ha. Had a cup of tea though :-)

bryn

....so thats 1 blanket and 1 crashhelmet ;-)

marchy22

need another couple before lunch

stephsafc

Flashbacks of 2 years ago when I actually got hit.. Metre away from me on the balcony that 6. Bounced straight back down. Some hit that.

Berb

Need another Wicket before Lunch Lads

chrissafc

very even game this

Change in Bowling

Callum Thorp replaces Onions at the Finchale End.

12:21pm

After 18 overs

Somerset are 70-3 after 18 overs. Buttler 17* and Kieswetter 14*. Current partnership 31*.

12:20pm

chrissafc

stephsafc is in the members lounge, nearly been hit by a flying 6 by buttler

Action!

Lovely delivery from Stokes just misses the outside edge of Buttler. That was millimetres away.

12:20pm

marchy22

we need a wicket, come on lads

Edge!

Buttler edges a delivery from Stokes through the slips. It bounced just before Thorp and it trickles to the boundary.

12:19pm

Durham

Great bowling first up from Durham but Somerset are starting to recover slightly with Kieswetter leading the way with 14*.

12:13pm

15 overs in

Somerset are 59-3 after 15 overs. Kieswetter 14* and Buttler 7*. Current partnership 20*.

12:09pm

safcluke

& will be selected for every test match this summer before being released as the 12th man. (barring any injuries)

chrissafc

Onions proving again how crucial he is to Durham

chrissafc

this game is very well poised

Mark

I think the points deduction is just a token gesture by the ECB- they had to be 'seen' to do something hence the modest fine and ( hopefully!) irrelevant points deduction.

Action!

So close to an lbw for Stokes but Kieswetter just gets an inside edge onto his pad.

12:04pm

parky

we are only deducted 0.25 in each of limited overs games and 2.5 in the championship

Tynevalleyblackcat

If its only a quarter of a point it just means we our run rate is irrelevant and we would need to qualify on points.

Tynevalleyblackcat

Seems daft to deduct points in the short format when teams will only get perhaps 12-14 points in the group stages and deduct 2.5 points in the championship where all the teams normally get between 100 and 200 points. The percentage hit in the shorter format is massive and in the championship its negligible.

chrissafc

good opportunity for the likes of muchall

Mark

Think it's a quarter of a point deduction in the 40 and 20 over competitions

safcluke

I think without any 20/20 specialist we will be lucky to finish any higher than bottom tbh.

chrissafc

fairly sure we are minus in the cb40 and t20 as well

Mark

No, points penalty is for all 3 comps

Tynevalleyblackcat

I thought the points penalty was only in the Championship?

chrissafc

that salary cap thing luke. I think we are minus for the cb40 as well

12 overs in

Somerset are 45-3 after 12 with Kieswetter 8* and Buttler 1*.

11:56am

Ian17

Yes, thankfully not too much of a handicap - let's hope those 2.5 points won't come back to haunt us at the end of the season!

safcluke

Can anyone remind me why we start this seasons 20/20 in the minus points?

CollingwoodFTM

Positive points at last.

Ian17

Great start! Wish I was there rather than being stuck at work...

parky

sound gone on the radio commentary - line is down

parky

woohoo onto 0.5 points for the season

Change in Bowling

Stokes replaces Rushworth at the Lumley End.

11:53am

Bonus Point

Onions' wicket gets Durham another bonus point, their third point of the season. Get in!

11:52am

New Batsman

New batsman for Somerset is Jos Buttler. Hildreth went for 18. Onions current figures 5.5-2-14-3

11:51am

chrissafc

yes get in

Wicket!

Onions gets another one as he gets Hildreth caught at slip by Borthwick. Somerset 39-3.

11:50am

chrissafc

bbc commentary has gone off

Re:marchy22

Hildreth scored three fours from a Rushworth over.

11:49am

safcluke

His last CB 40 game.

safcluke

Hampshire v Durham at Southampton, Aug 8, 2010

marchy22

they must have scored some quick runs

safcluke

Steve Harmisons Benefit Match???? Cant remember the last time he played CB40 cricket.

chrissafc

39/2

chrissafc

aye they do

safcluke

Think Durham play Essex on the Sunday. CB40.

chrissafc

just as well we didn't book up old Trafford away. safc vs stoke moved to that day now

safcluke

Notts will be a tricky game like.

Edge!

Hildreth edges Rushworth over the slips and to the boundary when attempting a cut shot. That was very fortunate.

11:43am

chrissafc

our 3rd and 4th games are yorks and notts

safcluke

KP for Surrey.

safcluke

Broad/Swann for Notts then.

marchy22

surrey is one of them

chrissafc

yorks and notts

bryn

Coming down after lunch i'll bring a blanket to warm you up steph :-)

safcluke

Who do we play 3rd/4th games then?

9 overs in

Great start by Durham after 9, Somerset are 20-2, Kieswetter 4* and Hildreth 1*. Current partnership 7*.

11:41am

stephsafc

Freezing here. Good bowling though.

chrissafc

that's good news marchy

marchy22

3rd and fourth games means no troot and bell next week against us

RE:marchy22

Colly's still on the field, at first slip. Think he got the ball on the end of his fingers when taking that catch. He's a tough guy though, he seems ok now.

11:37am

safcluke

Compton isn't playing. Thought the ECB has released the lads for the first round of games?

Appeal!

Rushworth and the slips are up as they think they've gone Kieswetter lbw, but the umpire says no.

11:36am

chrissafc

Collingwood still fielding

In the air!!

Kieswetter gets off the mark in unconvincing fashion as he lifts the ball in the air just past Smith at point. That was close.

11:35am

marchy22

has collingwood hgone off the field

keenasmustard

Great start. Not getting carried away though. Fingers crossed we get them out for as low as possible.

CollingwoodFTM

Great start lads. Fingers crossed for Colly, if he can.

Stan Drop

Wicket maiden! Way to go! Bunny now 4-2-7-2

New Batsman

New batman is James Hildreth.

11:32am

Mark

Magnificent start. A rare failure for Trescothick.

chrissafc

Collingwood sounds like he's in pain

parky

looks like he's injured his fingers

chrissafc

caught Collingwood.

Wicket!

Onions strikes again as he gets Suppiah caught at first slip by Collingwood. Somerset 13-2.

11:31am

parky

2 down

chrissafc

another wicket

marchy22

thanks

Stan Drop

Oho! Just logged in. What a great start to the day to see Tresco gone already. Mind, they've still got some good batters down the order. Nice to have the confidence for three slips too. Haway Bunny lad!

Re:marchy22

Slips are Collingwood at first, Borthwick at second and Stokes third. Thorp is in at gully.

11:26am

marchy22

who is in the slip cordon for durham?

RE:bryn

?

11:25am

bryn

was he the good one?

Durham

Nice delivery that from Onions as the ball took the outside edge and was snagged at third slip by Stokes. Good stuff.

11:23am

Tynevalleyblackcat

Good start. Trescothick has been a thorn in our side far too many times. I have a good feeling about this match now.

New Batsman

New man in for Somerset is Craig Kieswetter.

11:22am

Ian17

Gerrin!

Wicket!

Big wicket for Durham as Trescothick goes for 6 caught by Stokes off the bowling of Onions. Somerset 12-1.

11:21am

chrissafc

just what we asked for

parky

12-1

chrissafc

massive wicket

chrissafc

tres gone

parky

yesss

chrissafc

get in

chrissafc

wicket

4 overs gone

Somerset are 12-0 after 4 overs. Trescothick 6* and Suppiah 4*.

11:18am

Edge!

Suppiah edges a delivery from Onions but it goes over the slips and to the boundary. So unlucky.

11:12am

Appeal

Onions and the slips are up as they think they've got Suppiah caught behind, but the umpire shakes his head.

11:11am

Maiden

Good over from Rushworth, as he sends down a maiden to Trecothick.

11:10am

chrissafc

as mentioned by parky earlier http://www.raintoday.co.uk/ - excellent site

RE:Tynevalleyblackcat

It's gloomy here, probably about the same as yesterday morning. Improved during the afternoon though.

11:06am

Tynevalleyblackcat

Hopefully Somerset find it just as hard going as we did. From my desk here in Sunderland its very dark and looks worse than yesterday.

Bowling

Chris Rushworth will share the new ball with Onions and open things up from the Lumley End.

11:05am

First over

Somerset are 3-0 after the first over. Trescothick 3* and Suppiah 0*.

11:04am

Great Ball

Onions opens with a great delivery which just misses the outside edge of Trescothick's bat. Great start.

11:01am

Bowling

Graham Onions will open the bowling for Durham from the Finchale End.

11:00am

chrissafc

The seconds won by 20 odd runs, Breese finished with 5-34 off 5 overs.

Somerset

Opening the batting for Somerset are Trescothick and Suppiah.

11:00am

Here we go

The players and umpires are making their way onto the field for the day's play. Come on Durham!

10:58am

Dan1990_SAFC

Good Morning chaps

marchy22

who won that match?

chrissafc

brath is still with the club though I was told he was bowling for the uni against our 2nd xi the other day

safcluke

Notts had 1500 yesterday. Excellent crowd that.

Update

A good number of hardy souls have made it to the Emirates ICG this morning. It's so cold a few are even resorting to doing a jig in the stands to keep warm. #Commitment

10:56am

safcluke

Well, he's on the team photo.

marchy22

is brathwaite still with durham

safcluke

I'm sure he played well against these lot last season...

Somerset

The key for Durham will be the wicket of Marcus Trescothick, very good player when he gets going.

10:49am

safcluke

brahtwaite isn't playing mate..

marchy22

they have but we have the best bowler in the country

safcluke

Few early wickets would be nice. They've got a good, experienced top order.

parky

267ao

marchy22

my prediction, somserset all out 137

Update

Another chilly day here. The players are going through their warm-ups and are looking in good knick. Play should be underway in 15 minutes.

10:44am

chrissafc

alright luke. interesting day ahead

safcluke

morning chaps.

Ian17

Morning all. Yes, going to be interesting to see what happens early on - need to get at them right from the off!

chrissafc

250 was a good effort yesterday. this game is close to call

marchy22

good morning chris

marchy22

a hard wicket to bat on i take?

chrissafc

Good morning

parky

a skiddy surface and vaiable bounce should suit Onions to achieve this

marchy22

we need trescothick early before he can do any damage

parky

http://www.raintoday.co.uk/

parky

Good Morning Folks. Rain here in the West of Scotland, and looking at the radar, the North East could get away with the rain, the Pennines offering some protection to the West. Fingers crossed

Day Two!

Its the bowlers turn! We are set to start on time, with Durham scoring 250 in their first innings.

9:37am

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