Match Chat Archive

Surrey CCC vs Durham CCC

The Oval

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brandonia

Nice bit of time off for the lads too. I hope it rains for 6 days throughout the country now!

chrissafc

match report already up on website. good stuff

bryn

purely belter!

pingu

fantastic effort... great effort...and great captaincy from collingwood

Tynevalleyblackcat

Middlesex and Yorkshire would have to win their games in hand to overtake us.

morzee

meant warks and Yorkshire

chrissafc

enjoy the time off. back next week. all the best until then

michael shaw

i,m having another packet of biscuits to celebrate.

brandonia

Fantastic effort!! Just got in the house to find out we've won. Not bad at all for relegation fodder eh?!!

morzee

hopefully Warwickshire and middlesex cut each other throat later this week.

chrissafc

very good team effort that.

marchy22

nice desrved 6 days off for the lads

chrissafc

just keep plodding away nicely

stuartp

Top of the league again.

marchy22

the future is looking bright

Stan Drop

Not an easy win on an unusually difficult Oval wicket by the sound of it. All the more satisfying for that!

parky

Yet lost commentary on the homeward commute great result

chrissafc

borthwick 6 wickets. buckley 5 wickets. stoneman scoring runs. nice bit of form for stokes in 2nd innings. thorp took wickets. winning without onions has to be good

Tynevalleyblackcat

In have to say, the lads are exceeding my expectations so far this season. Its been a great start and but for Roots superb innings, we could have been on 4 wins out of 5.

Frankjw

Well done

marchy22

get in there lads

chrissafc

chuffed with that win, so many positives.

darlostu

Well done lads, great team effort

Stan Drop

Well done lads. That bis three out of five! Keep it up and we will soon get our trophy back!

BACK ON TOP OF THE TABLE

We have defeated Surrey to go back to the top of the table! Some great performances including Stoneman 77 and 67, Buckley 5 wickets on debut, Career best 6-70 & 42 for Borthwick, Benks 74 and Ben Stokes a composed 35 at the end there!

4:30pm

morzee

just lit a big fat cigar

chrissafc

congratulations durham

foxbat

Great win from the guys and some really fantastic individual performances.

Stan Drop

Fat lady is my line! She's gargling to be ready! Now Go!!!

michael shaw

here here.bring on middlesex.

chrissafc

durham win

chrissafc

stoneman starting to find some form, pleasing indeed

stuartp

OK so just crash it for 4 then :)

mac6

Stokes 2 x 4 to win game great win

chrissafc

good to see buckley introduced into 1st class cricket. we've had a good start.

chrissafc

just happy to keep plodding on. this is an excellent win

BrianT

Nice to beat the ***neys. Don't think this feat will be repeated by our football teams at the weekend though. Very well done to the whole team.

stuartp

4 needed, 1 shot, bets that Ben will tryto finish with a 6?

marchy22

we are doing better than i thought we would, habe a go at the title, looks like onions will be available all summer

keenasmustard

8 to go.

chrissafc

highlights on ssn now

Noz

Another impressive win. Well done lads

christoff

anyone still think we will be relegeated ;-)

michael shaw

the fat lady next door is singing,

marchy22

great performance lads, mom rocky and scotty

marchy22

great performance lads, mom rocky and scottt

Update

10 more runs! Stokes has moved to 26* & Mustard 5*. 171-5 #LVCC

4:24pm

foxbat

Scratch earlier mention of nerves!

brandonia

We are top of the league!!

christoff

cruising, what a team!!

chrissafc

10 to go

mac6

4 to stokes 10 to go

michael shaw

well when we played lancs last year and only got 4pts and had 3pts deducted for over rate,things looked bleak.

foxbat

Well it's not squeaky bum time but I can't lie there's a touch of nerves... What's the weather looking like?

BrianT

Surrey still in it. I don't think so!

chrissafc

14 to go

brandonia

Have we got clear skies?!!

Getting Close!

Just the 16 more required, Durham 165-5. Stokes 21* & Mustard 4*

4:20pm

BrianT

Don't think that's how it works. There will be statements, linked to financial accounts. If a county has a March year end it might not be apparent yet. Half a point cost Notts a couple of years ago so you 're talking blocks.

Stan Drop

Hi all! I am absolutely gutted! I've just been in London for the past three days and the nearest I got to the Oval was a distant view from the plane as we took off from London City. Still, looks as if the lads have had a good day at the office and are on the way to bring home our third win. Hawaay!

chrissafc

16 to go

marchy22

2.5 points is bothing in the championship

michael shaw

thats why durham having pts taken away now for honesty,is so ridiculous,whatever happend to honesty being the best policy,long term yes,right now it sucks!

mac6

4 to phil 17 to go

chrissafc

didn't realise keedy had signed for surrey

BrianT

Shaw's biscuits. Are they still on The Valley.

marchy22

well there will be alot to go through 17 counties to investigate will take time

michael shaw

i need more biscuits!

chrissafc

21

michael shaw

that was an example marchy22,i agree with what you your saying,however the issue does need dealing with this year.

marchy22

haway lads

morzee

squeaky bum time?

BrianT

Durham's penalty was the minimum available. If others are in breach, they will be hammered for not owning up. I think the money for central contracts distorts it. Any breach last season should result in penalties this season and not next.

keenasmustard

We're not making it easy are we?

Wicket

Colly gone for 9 just after tea. Durham 156-5, needing 25 runs. Phil Mustard to join Stokes.

4:10pm

chrissafc

Collingwood has gone

Tynevalleyblackcat

5 down

marchy22

warks wont be as bad as u think cos they dont contribute to bell or trotts earnings

chrissafc

25

keenasmustard

Go on Ben, finish it.

michael shaw

warwickshire,are another example,there wage bill must be huge,but you can,t deduct pts from one couny? while others are under investigation,suppose durham were runners-up to warwickshire by 2pts in the championship,are you telling me we could start next season as champions its totally absurd.they should deal with it now.

chrissafc

26 to go

chrissafc

30 to go

marchy22

michael when these other counties are found guilty they are gonna get far worse punishment than we did, owning up saved us harsher treatment

chrissafc

durham owned up to it I believe

john little

Surrey for example seem to have spent like crazy Doesnt add up

michael shaw

can someone wiser than me please explain (ie) durham have been deducted 2.5 pts,for being in breach of the salary cap? to which they have owened up too,it is my belief that other counties are also under investigation,but as of yet have not been penalised,i find it impossible to believe durham are the only county that were in breach,in that case would it not be fairer to penalise them 2.5 pts pending,this way only durham who by the way have been honest have been victims,of there own honesty.

marchy22

im gonna drop my little boy off then i think ill head to the pub for a celebration drink, if i time it right we will be hitting the winning runs as my drink touches my lips

keenasmustard

I'm onto my 4th can already and it's still tea. I'm getting very drunk.

marchy22

ill keep the engine running christoff

christoff

start the car marchy we will get these pretty quick after lunch

marchy22

the fat lady hasnt started singing yet

Haslam

Ps. 32 runs with 6 wickets. Easy.

Haslam

I don't get to many Durham matches sadly. I live in aigburth and get to a handful of lancs games a season and only one or two Durham games. Gutted they're now in different leagues as its less convenient

chrissafc

32 overs left?

michael shaw

yeah,the jack danials is on hold,is the weather an issue down there?

keenasmustard

To hell with it. I'm cracking open the lagers. I'm getting some funny looks from the boss but I don't care.

keenasmustard

I think I need tea as well. Or something stronger.

32 more required

Stokes & Colly both on 9*, 32 more runs required. At Tea Durham are 149-4.

3:43pm

michael shaw

and another packet of biscuits to calm my nerves

mac6

That's tea. 32needed

BrianT

Because the jam and bread would get kissened.

michael shaw

why don,t they delay tea! in these circumstance,s-surley there,s a result impending.

bryn

...said parky ;)

parky

Let's bat Batty out of the park

mac6

1 over til tea. 34 needed

michael shaw

i,m not sure!40 more runs would be better!

parky

35

ashleys army

Michael,do they help? Might have to get some meself

parky

39

michael shaw

i think i,m having a heart attack,i,m into my seventh packet of biscuits,come on durham.

christoff

keep going lads, nearly another great victory

parky

back on 5-Live

Update

42 runs required, Durham 139-4. Colly 8* & Stokes 2*.

3:26pm

parky

42 now needed

safcluke

Random comment from me.

safcluke

As if Durham Uni are going to bring fans to a second Xi game.

ashleys army

Plenty of time lads we can do it

parky

47 needed

chrissafc

:) luke

parky

52 required

roker1973

saw them last yr brill marra if you see me let me know how we went on im tall short blond hair durham top on catch ya ashley im off

safcluke

We would like to welcome the players, officials and supporters of Durham Uni to the ground today. BEEEEEEEEP.

chrissafc

53 to win

marchy22

do we need less than fifty yet

ashleys army

R73, should b a good gig going mesel I'll keep an eye out for u I'll have me blk n white too on!

ashleys army

No probs Brian I've all confidence in the boys

mac6

I have attended all the days play at riverside so far this season. Missed only a few overs when son has been playing football

BrianT

Calm down.

ashleys army

Can't get this close then blow it lads come on get us over the line!

Frankjw

marchy - Linley

Noz

I go to most home games, or as many as I can anyway. Go with my Dad

marchy22

who got benks

Update

Couple of wickets lost we are 126-4. Stokes and Collingwood at the crease in a tricky period- just the 55 runs required.

3:08pm

chrissafc

yeah id love to do every day in the county championship, just work doesn't allow for that.

parky

both men on nought - tricky period

roker1973

off on the hoy in ncle and see the specials; durham top on and safc coat on proud too be a durham lad

Frankjw

stuartp - keep your socks and shoes off, you might need to bite your toe nails

christoff

Get to most 40 and 20 over games but very few championship games, might get to a few final sessions

mac6

Benks now gone. Since marty has left commentary box wickets have started to fall. Get back in there marty. Colly just survives his first ball

ashleys army

Chris I'd love to go to every home game unfortunately work doesn't allow me to

michael shaw

lets not get too ***y lads,the commentry just said durham were coasting,then stoney went.

chrissafc

every county home game that is

parky

careful lads

chrissafc

I get to the parts of just about every county game and go to 95% of t20 and pro 40 home games

Wicket

Stoneman dimissed for 67, bowled by Meaker. A great innings, backing up his 77 in the first inns. 55 runs required with Benk 6* & Stokes at the crease. Durham 126-3.

3:03pm

BrianT

How often do some of the posters attend when they are able?

BrianT

How often do some of the posters attend when they are able?

chrissafc

I said at the end of last season and start of this season I expect us to win something under the captaincy of Paul Collingwood. He's impressed me massively overall

CollingwoodFTM

Not home yet. One last push lads.

ashleys army

Dig in lads u can do it

john little

i think we are doing better than anyone expected

chrissafc

@brandonia. those journalists are the non attending journalists who marty emmerson has gone to great lengths to mention

Frankjw

I should listen to marchy!!

chrissafc

MD Stoneman b Meaker 67 (112m 107b 5x4 1x6) SR: 62.61

ashleys army

Looks easy now marchy dont u agree?

brandonia

Going great here mind. I've been a bit busy at work today so haven't followed the chat as closely as I'd have liked. I want to make this statement though (for consideration by all) - many journalists predicted Surrey to challenge for the title and Durham to be relegated........ Lazy, ill-informed, southern biased media obviously. HA!!!

roker1973

thought we were religation fodder this season but the lads are back and the yunguns are doing a great job

safcluke

Cursed him Frank.

parky

for 67

parky

out

Frankjw

Meaker bowling, that will suit Rocky

chrissafc

56 needed

marchy22

go for ur century rocky

chrissafc

stoneman hit 2x 4's in the 31st over against batty

Update

59 runs required, Durham 122-2, Stoneman 65* & Benks 4* #LVCC

2:54pm

chrissafc

stoneman 65* benks 4*

marchy22

who hit the two fours

mac6

Another 2x4. 59 to go

chrissafc

118/2 63 to win

stuartp

Keep grinding the heads are starting to go down now.

chrissafc

114/2 67 to win

morzee

in a low scoring game where the pitch massively favours spin anyone who scores over 50 in both innings deserves mom in my opinion.

marchy22

its a tough call

parky

Rocky followed closely by Scotty for MOM

bryn

Haway lads bring home the bacon!

chrissafc

phew I thought that icon was wicket 3 ha ha

Wicket

Borthwick goes lbw for 42. Great innings and showed he can do it with bat and ball today! Durham 108-2 needing 73 more runs.

2:42pm

marchy22

well batted scotty contender for mom

stuartp

One more decent partnership is all we need though.

john little

Fine innings from scotty hes becoming a real batsman Well done

chrissafc

SG Borthwick lbw b Batty 42 (87m 69b 5x4 0x6) SR: 60.86

christoff

Well batted Scotty, good effort

Frankjw

Scotty has had a good match

marchy22

how was he out?

chrissafc

we require 74 runs

chrissafc

borthwick out

chrissafc

107/2

50 Stoneman

Stoneman brings up his 50 with a boundary. Borthwick not far behind on 42 and the pair have put on 100. 107-1, 74 more runs required!

2:38pm

parky

doh!

stuartp

****er

marchy22

well batted rocky lad

parky

100 partnership

chrissafc

keep going

christoff

Well batted Rocky lad, sure has found dome great frome

stuartp

Applauds.

parky

50 for Rocky

stuartp

Oops, I'll just take socks and shoes off to improve adding up skills

mac6

6 for rocky moves to 48 now 49

chrissafc

25.3 Linley to Stoneman, SIX

stuartp

Nice way to bring up your 50 and our 100

marchy22

thanks chris, ive wayched him many times for blaydon and im over the moon he seens to be pyshing on now, still reletively young and his best years are to come

stuartp

More than half way there now.

stuartp

He has always had the talent marchy, just had a tendency to lose concentration and get out for a nice 20-30. I do hope that he has sorted that now and can turn those into 50's and 100's

chrissafc

marchy is a big fan of mark stoneman

marchy22

i definitely havent

christoff

I think if you check the archives you did Marchy!

marchy22

ive never called for rockys head, im a huge fan of his

Tynevalleyblackcat

Nearly half way there.

mac6

Rocky gets 3 moves onto 41

chrissafc

90/1

Frankjw

TVBC - We have better younger fitter spinners than Surrey

christoff

Great stuff this. Funny how things change Rocky for captain, after3 games most people on here wanted him out the side.

stuartp

Scotty and Buckley have both looked/sounded like they are getting a lot more out of this pitch than Batty and Keedy

Tynevalleyblackcat

Either this pitch isn't as bad as feared or these lads are doing superbly well. Keep it going.

chrissafc

both on 38

chrissafc

Durham 286 & 87/1 (22.4 ov) Durham require another 94 runs with 9 wickets remaining

marchy22

has he reached his half centuey

safcluke

Well done Scotty.

Update

84-1, Borthwick 37*, Stoneman 36* - 77 run partnership. We need 97 more runs.

2:17pm

stuartp

Just keep it going, keep grinding them down.

chrissafc

83/1

stuartp

Less than a 100 needed now.

chrissafc

south shields are signing a new Zealand international as well

chrissafc

pringle had a very good game

marchy22

ive no idea either cos everyone was playing, muchall, richardson, pringle, there are some cracking players in that league this year du toit thay was at leicestershire last year is at newcastle with richardson and ben raine

chrissafc

76/1

chrissafc

73/1

chrissafc

no idea marchy, he hit a ton for Stockton the weekend before then got into the 90s and a century a few days later for the 2nds

marchy22

he is in the same mold, not quite in their class, not yet anyways

parky

Rocky reminds me of Michael Di Venuto or even Marcus Trescothick in his style of play

marchy22

he didnt play for stockton this weekend, i dont know why

chrissafc

Jennings is in good form at the moment for the 2nds and stockton

marchy22

jennings maybe but he is out the first team now, rocky is top candidate i reckon and rocky is better when aggressive, he should play his natural game all the time, he will have times when he gets out cheap bit thats life, he is a joy to watch bat

chrissafc

69/1

BrianT

Mr Tumble gets it about right for his target audience.

morzee

glad i won't have to listen to this commentary team again after today. pair of annoying $&*#s.

BrianT

Doubt it. Jennings is being groomed.

marchy22

rocky has found some brilliant form of late, could be a huge player for many years to come and maybe captain when colly retires

BrianT

Good show lads. It is apparent that Stoneman is a better batsman when he is attacking. There will be games where he is out cheaply because of this. Can't have it both ways.

parky

could be finished this session at this rate only 120 runs left

stuartp

Keep just grinding them down.

parky

50 partnership

Update

Durham 56-1. Stoneman 31* & Borthwick 18*. 125 more runs required for the win.

1:57pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

50 up. Going well so far. Keep it it lads.

chrissafc

48/1

parky

agreed - we have time to punish the bad ones and defend the good ones

Haslam

141 runs in 62 overs i think. The pressure is on surrey to make something happen.

Frankjw

Our batsmen are more than a match for their spinners

john little

rain forecast for this afternoon might affect planning

marchy22

good start but the real test will be when the spinners are on from both ends for the majority of the afternoon

Noz

Agree good session for us. We seem to be having a few lately and long may it continue :-)

chrissafc

afternoon

Tynevalleyblackcat

Even with the wicket down, that is a canny little session for us there.

Haslam

Everytime you consider a match just think how confident you would be if the rolls were reversed. I wouldn't have much hope as a surrey fan, they need to get more into us as its settled down after a lively start. Lunch favours them i reckon, that was drifting our way.

christoff

thats lunch, another great session for the mighty Durham!

christoff

39/1 4.5 per over now 142 more to win

marchy22

that should be lunch now

christoff

going at a good rate here (just under 4) which is good going especially as there was only a few overs til lunch

keenasmustard

Where's our LMC host today. Not a bad way to earn yer money.

keenasmustard

Slow and steady boys.

parky

150 needed now

christoff

First boundary to Scott 17/1

ashleys army

That's the spirit cristoff we'll b top of the league again tonite no probs

safcluke

This would be another brilliant win.

marchy22

me too

marchy22

haway rocky lash that ball to the boundary

keenasmustard

The way I lose at the bookies I think I'll stick a tenner on Surrey.

pingu

the bookies have us at 1/3 and surrey 3/1 the draw at 12/1

CollingwoodFTM

I hope they have taken away your belt and shoe laces Marchy.

Noz

A couple if decent partnerships and we'll be ok

john little

just need a couple of partnerships

christoff

still favourutes, come on marchy support the lads, have a bit of faith

ashleys army

As haslam says gonna b difficult but u have to b more positive mate,we have to stick together

marchy22

everyone has suddenly gone quiet now

Smith Out

Unfortuntately not the start we are after. Smith goes in the first over. Durham 7-1 with Stoneman & Borthwick at the crease.

12:34pm

marchy22

50 50 haslam

marchy22

gonna walk this are we?

parky

Smith out

Haslam

It will be tricky and we'll certainly lose some wickets and perhaps have moments when we look like we might blow it but we've been the better team and i wouldn't trade places. 80/20 in our favour, none down by lunch please i don't care about the runs yet

ashleys army

It won't b easy marchy but we're in a great position here to win it

christoff

No one saying it will be easy marchy, but our batsmen will be hard to bowl to

ashleys army

I like ur thinking keenas..

marchy22

i think its gonna be harder than yous all think batty and keedy will be hard to bat against

keenasmustard

Our name's as good as on that trophy. We're gonna win the league, we're gonna win the league, E-I-Addio we're gonna win the league.

ashleys army

We shud walk it if we bat responsibly

marchy22

a quickfire forty from rocky plz

parky

positive start needed. Go Rocky!

keenasmustard

We'll walk this.

ashleys army

Haway marchy cheer up brilliant effort by the lads if course we can do it

christoff

how many overs til lunch, 7 ish ?

Tynevalleyblackcat

We can get 30 or so by lunch Colly, so more like 2 sessions to get 150 hopefully

Noz

Be very disappointing not to knock these off

CollingwoodFTM

Well done lads. 2 sessions for 180.

Correction

Apologies Surrey lead by 180 so we need 181 for win!

12:20pm

Haslam

I'd be happier if we were chasing 180 less but we are in the box seat. Steady until lunch and we have this.

christoff

181 for win?

Borthwick takes 6

Career best figures 6-70 for Borthwick who takes the final wicket, a second caught and bowled for the day. Surrey all out for 229. We need 180 for the win.

12:18pm

marchy22

id be happier if we were chasing 50 less, this one can go either way

christoff

181 to win! plenty of tim too!

Tynevalleyblackcat

I reckon we need 180 off about 72 overs at 2.5 per over. Anyone confirm remaining overs?

Mark

Brilliant, now let's get these runs.

keenasmustard

8 in the match for Scotty. None for Rushy.

Tynevalleyblackcat

Great stuff.

christoff

get in well done lads, now knock them off, feel better now marchy :-)

stuartp

Thats 6 fer Scotty

parky

final wicket

daleslass

Great start to the morning.

parky

catching practice needed for the guys

keenasmustard

Where've you been Simon?

5 for Borthwick

Borthwick picks up his 5th wicket and Surrey are 9 down with a lead of 175.

12:09pm

Tynevalleyblackcat

Required run rate would be 2.4 per over if we get this wicket now.

Noz

Meaker c&b Borthwick

brandonia

Bat properly. There's plenty of time. We should be confident chasing down anything less than 200.

keenasmustard

Wicket

Noz

You need to say these 2 will bat til lunch marchy :-)

Tynevalleyblackcat

9 down

marchy22

20 run partnership wtf haway

christoff

174/8 Howay Durham

marchy22

haway clean these up

Mark

I suppose it depends on if Colly and Cook are confident about just batting normally or if they think we need to try and get off to a quick start. Assuming the last 2 wickets go quickly we'll be left with a chase where one or two decent partnerships will get the job done.

Tynevalleyblackcat

If we get these two wickets now, the target run rate will be about 2.1 per over. We don't want that getting above 3.5 ideally.

auldtimer

The commentators are saying the ball is starting to spin more as the innings progresses.

marchy22

mustard wont open

Mark

Not a bad idea to open with Mustard to try and get off to a flyer against the new ball. Or if they open with spinners Mustard could get after them as well.

christoff

Wouldn't have thought so tvbc

marchy22

i doubt they will

Tynevalleyblackcat

Have we taken the new ball?

Noz

I just think if he goes in and gets a quick 40 or so it would be demoralising for Surrey and the others could see us home. I know it's a totally different situation. Anyway, lets get the last 2 wickets first

Haslam

Forecast good, time unlikely to be an issue now so we'll have our normal lineup. Makes sense especially given recent improvements.

marchy22

no chance noz

auldtimer

Rushy had that vomiting bug yesterday, and Stokes not bowling to protect his back in this game.

Noz

Assuming we get the last couple quickly, any value in Mustard opening again like in Nottingham?

Noz

I hope Rushy isn't needed with the bat Mark :-)

Mark

Stokes hasn't bowled so far so in the match, Rushy off the field most of yesterday afternoon-don't know what's wrong with him. Looks as if we won't need those 2 with the ball...and hopefully Rushy won't be needed with the bat either!

christoff

152/8

Noz

Wilson c Colly b Borthwick

marchy22

another one?

christoff

Yessss, Wilson gone to Borthwick

parky

I'll clarify my last statement - yes, a wicket

marchy22

if we dont skittle these soon surrey will be very confiident of spinning us out

stuartp

Even more so now. Down to tailenders now.

parky

yes

john little

Are Rushy and Stokesy fit to bowl?

auldtimer

Worrying amount of LBWs to be batting last against two top spinners like Batty and Keedy.

christoff

We are still on top marchy!!!

Tynevalleyblackcat

New ball available in 2 overs as well.

marchy22

these two have added forty this morning?!!!

john little

that wicket is mine lets have more

Noz

Batty lbw Buckley

christoff

Well done Buckley needed that, howay skittle the rest

Tynevalleyblackcat

152 for 7

Noz

Wicket!!

marchy22

whos out

stuartp

Well played marchy done it again

marchy22

no chance, they will still be batting into the afternoon

Mark

Maybe this pitch isn't as bad as I thought. Surrey are desperate for a win so if we don't bowl them out they might decide to take a risk.

john little

need the tail to fold like first innings

marchy22

these two will still be in by lunch

Frankjw

Patience marchy

Noz

Bit pessimistic marchy. Loads of cricket left yet

marchy22

haway man

marchy22

surrey are taking control

john little

game on a knife edge now

marchy22

this is buckleys first match keedy and batty have over a thousand wickets between them

Frankjw

Dont agree with you there marchy

marchy22

nothing against buckley and borthwick but they have the better spinners

Noz

New ball only 6 or 7 overs away. Hopefully it'll prove beneficial

Haslam

I am thinking that if they manage to set 250 or more then the pitch is probably not too bad. To an extent i would have been worried if we had bowled them out immediately on what looked a minefield.

marchy22

these two are gonna put on a hundred partnership

marchy22

this wicket cant be too tricky these two seem to be doing ok

Frankjw

Surrey fancy their chances

marchy22

are we troubling these two?

keenasmustard

Simon where are you?

marchy22

lets have a wicket plz

Mark

124 lead now, Wood and Borthwick bowling

Frankjw

Morning All. Are we self-service today? Team have got into a good position whilst I have been away

christoff

Morning all, Durham in good position again, Howay the lads

Mark

Pitch is apparently very tricky Haslam, Geoff Cook said anything over 170 would be very tough to chase.

marchy22

are we underway

Haslam

They need to get beyond 250 runs before i start to worry. Happy to chase 150-200, and 200-250 is doable. More than that and I'll be nervy. At least nufc are safe!!

parky

Morning Folks

Noz

Morning all. I reckon as long as we bowl them out before lunch I fancy us to win. Come on boys!

marchy22

leta wrap these up in the first hour

stuartp

The result is likely today then.

daleslass

Morning all.

Tynevalleyblackcat

Big day for our season today I think. Come on Durham.

brandonia

Dry with scattered cloud I'm told Keenas! Morning folks.

keenasmustard

What's the weather like?

stuartp

Morning all.

Final Day

The final session on Day three was washed out yesterday. Surrey will resume at 164-6 with a lead of 115.

9:30am

brandonia

See you tomorrow folks.

@jacksimpkin9

Play abandoned for the day

bryn

what time does countryfile start?

poolynorm

Thanks for the updates Brando.Not quite Tim Wellock but better than them papers down the Bigg Market.Fingers crossed the sun shines on TV tomorrow.Young George to get a sixer and Durham win by 7wkts.

Mark

Forecast is pretty good for tomorrow

brandonia

Raining again. Looks like that's it for the day.

Mark

Raining again, heavily according to Marty

brandonia

Our overrate is +18! Which could in turn mean that we haven't actually lost any overs at all........

Mark

Covers coming off-Marty Emmerson says over rate is plus 18!

Mark

Anyone know what's wrong with Rushy? He was off the field for most of the afternoon session according to the tea reports

@jacksimpkin9

yes, one ball after tea (dot) and we're off with no further news

marchy22

is it raining now then?

brandonia

Not to my knowledge Marchy.

marchy22

are we back on?

marchy22

roll

marchy22

we need to ro them over sharpish

Mark

I agree

brandonia

99-3 that session. Pretty even in the grand scheme of things. I will say that we MUST bowl them out today - providing we get a full session. They currently lead by 115 and IMO we don't want to be chasing anything more than 200. Of course ideally we'll be chasing less than 150 but we'll see. The wicket is turning but I don't think it's a minefield so we'll see.

Noz

Tea 164-6

Noz

C Stoneman b Borthwick

Mark

Thanks

marchy22

thanks noz, who got the wicket

CollingwoodFTM

Finish them off lads.

Noz

Davies Mark. Marchy, Falcons won 15-6 and won on agg 34-30 I think

Mark

Brilliant, is it Davies or Wilson?

brandonia

WICKET!!

brandonia

WICKET!!

marchy22

anyone know the falcons score

brandonia

100 lead.

morzee

typed with such feeling bran. lol

brandonia

Spoke too soon morzee.

morzee

Newcastle losing. We could be playing you next year.

brandonia

You Leicester like morzee? Catastrophic last few minutes like. Real shame.

morzee

great work bran and marchy. need something to cheer me up here after listening to Leicester miss out in playoffs in dramatic fashion.

Mark

Yep, no doubt about it.

brandonia

Need Davies out like. He's a cert for a 50.

Mark

That would be ideal.

stuartp

OK now repeat the 1st innings please.

brandonia

89-5.

stuartp

Got the break through

brandonia

Wicket!!

marchy22

pen to qpr

marchy22

davies will feast on short stuff

brandonia

Wood has been instructed to bowl short stuff. I'm not sure that's the answer.

marchy22

we wont get another wicket before the rain comes

brandonia

50 partnership.

brandonia

Borthwick back on.

Mark

Maybe the pitch is easier to bat on than we thought, 100 partnership nailed on certainty

brandonia

Here's that 50 partnership we knew would happen.

marchy22

id put my savings on a davies fifty

stuartp

Only 1 wicket and they can collapse, but it's a good partnership this.

brandonia

Yep. Davies is killing us. He's nailed on for his 50.

marchy22

they are taking this gane way from us with ease

brandonia

*more than a few occasions.

brandonia

Big appeal. Nothing from Mallender. We've had NOWT off the umpires this game. Been robbed on more than a we occasions too. Colly and Wood especially.

marchy22

he will go on and score a hundred

brandonia

Smith at short leg. Tough chance though.

marchy22

who dropped him

brandonia

They're 15 short of a 50 partnership and they'll definitely get to that milestone.

brandonia

de Bruyn dropped.

marchy22

they are well set for the long haul

brandonia

Wood replaces Borthwick.

marchy22

agreed brandonia

brandonia

Surrey on top now like. Going to be a minefield in the fourth innings.

marchy22

these two wil add at least 70 more runs

brandonia

Nelson doesn't strike.......

stuartp

This is the only match not currently "Delayed" by rain.

marchy22

haway lets have a wicket

brandonia

Reckon Colly should get Buckers back on......

@jacksimpkin9

Hahaha, I see what you're doing...

brandonia

Davies is very dangerous and very well set I'm afraid.

marchy22

defo hundred for davies

Mark

Almost certainly, I'll be surprised if he doesn't get 100

marchy22

davies will get to fifty in a blink of n eye

Mark

Yeah, on and off would be good for us. Davies very dangerous, need to get rid of him before he does any damage.

mac6

Thanks brandonia

chrissafc

Plenty time to go

brandonia

Davies.

mac6

Who is in with bruyn at moment, please

brandonia

A bit of rain wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if it means their batsmen get unsettled.

Mark

Yeah, supposed to rain this afternoon but ok tomorrow

brandonia

50-4.

manurule175

1 more soon and were right into it. Forecast bad like?

auldtimer

Lbw to Colly marchy

marchy22

how was he out

brandonia

38-4.

brandonia

Well bowled Colly/Marchy!!

@jacksimpkin9

yep, solaki

marchy22

we got a wicket?

stuartp

Well played marchy done it again today, you and brandonia have been a lethal pairing.

stuartp

Big wicket and good captaincy that.

brandonia

Bit slack since Lunch. Worried about these two.

marchy22

these two will put on a big partnership

stuartp

Back on, but the forecast is grim for this afternoon.

@jacksimpkin9

it as just the lunch break, as usual, no rain

marchy22

r they back on?

LUNCH

LUNCH: Surrey 65-3....Solanki 6*, de Bruyn 0* with a lead of 16. Wood, Thorp and Borthwick with wickets.

1:12pm

Mark

Let's hope the forecast for this afternoon turns out to be wrong

poolynorm

Not playing in the BO academy today Brando? Got you a couple of tickets for the gig! Everybody seems happy nowadays.Nice to see you taking over from Marchy as the strike bowler.

stuartp

Lunch

chrissafc

Rain stop play?

Mark

Forecast pretty good for tomorrow?

auldtimer

Where's Simon? What's the news on Rushy? He left the field injured.

stuartp

May get an hour after lunch if we are really lucky.

Mark

Excellent

marchy22

we probably wont get back on

brandonia

16-3. Come on boys, ONE MORE afore the Chicken Dinner!!

stuartp

No sooner said than done marchy

brandonia

SCOTTY!!!!

brandonia

Surrey lead.

stuartp

3rd wicket.

marchy22

lets have another before lunch

chrissafc

pringle hit a century and got 9 wickets yday

Haslam

And who is this young whippersnapper 'benkenstein'. May amount to something.

stuartp

Yep another one there marchy and only 21 as well.

marchy22

dont forget pringle, anyone see his efforts yesterday!

stuartp

BTW Jamie Harrison is 22, but the link in the Durham player profile points to Keaton Jennings.

Mark

Yep Brando or pensioners ( that's Bob Willis' word not mine!)

auldtimer

Re stuartp: don't forget Rushy, he's still only 26, even though Harmy reckons he's the oldest looking 26 yr old playing cricket.

stuartp

Or is Mr Tumble your pet name for the heavy roller brandonia?

stuartp

When they mention the heavy roller I keep thinking they've brought in Mike Gatting and Rob Key to add a bit of youth to the Surrey squad

auldtimer

It bodes well for the club that these young lads are coming in and contributing, lets hope we see more as the season continues.

stuartp

Rocky 25, Ben Stokes 21, Scotty 23, Wood 23, Buckley 19. Then you can add in Keaton Jennings and Jamie Harrison at 20. The futures looking good.

brandonia

You mean Surrey Vets?!

Mark

Yep, we have so many talented youngsters unlike certain other London clubs

morzee

good work boys. keep Chipping away.

stuartp

The new Durham generation have definately started to come through this year. Wood, and Buckley.

brandonia

Solanki is due a score. Can see him hurting us.

brandonia

-12 for 2

brandonia

Well bowled Woody!

stuartp

2 down. Keep up the good work brandonia

brandonia

YES!!!!!!

brandonia

Flat as a road this following the heavy roller.

brandonia

Buckley,on.

brandonia

Doesn't help with Rushy hoying 4 byes down the leg side.

brandonia

No chance Marchy. This pair are set for a long stand.

marchy22

wicket plz

brandonia

These two sounds pretty comfortable really.

Mark

We need 2 or3 wkts before they wipe out the deficit. Should really have got at least a 100 run lead after starting so well.

stuartp

Thorp

marchy22

who got the wicket

raydetmold

cheers Brando , hopefully you will be putting alot more wickets on today

brandonia

The wicket of Jason Roy - http://youtu.be/AfXIJ-Fd7Qc

@jacksimpkin9

oooooooo

brandonia

Ridiculous money that! SAF got the job at OT 4 months before I was even born!

manurule175

Yes! 11-1 No dont have sky mate, but will be watching later when i go round to grans. wish i was there £2000 a ticket like haha

brandonia

Early wicket for brandonia

brandonia

Ha ha. GET OUT!!

stuartp

Gotim

brandonia

No problems at all. Sounds as flat as a road.

brandonia

11-0.

brandonia

Edge for four. Streaky.

@jacksimpkin9

That wasnt me btw, quite funny how another Jack is asking the same question

brandonia

Hope so Manu. You watching Goals on Sunday fella? Fergie tribute this morning.

manurule175

2 down before there level?

brandonia

3 runs first ball. I really hate this Simon Church div. WHERE'S MARTY?!!

@jacksimpkin9

Ah ok, cheers stuart, thats a bit better, all very confusing this points system

brandonia

Heavy roller on.

stuartp

Question is will Stokes bowl at all in the second innings?

End of Innings

Just the 7 runs added this morning before Buckley was dismissed lbw to give Batty his 5th. Benkenstein 74no. We hold a lead of 49 runs. Back shortly for Surrey 2nd inns.

11:15am

stuartp

We got 3 bowling points, but so did Surrey. Total bonus points 5-4 to Durham

keenasmustard

I wish we could have booked the Rolling Stones to play here. They would have been the oldest to play at the Riverside until Surrey come here to play us.

@jacksimpkin9

Didn't we get a bowling point?

stuartp

We get 2 bonus points jack, didn't get to 300 so only 1 point ahead of Surrey.

bryn

cant beat a bit of the kitten norm!

@jacksimpkin9

So thats it for the bonus points! We finish off with 3 and Surrey 1.

poolynorm

How many tickets do you want for the Atomic Kitten show Brando? I've already seen bryn in the queue.

@jacksimpkin9

batted benks

brandonia

Nora Batty 5 fer. 49 lead.

@jacksimpkin9

5 for Batty

brandonia

All out.

brandonia

2 more for Benk. 285-9.

brandonia

Maiden.

brandonia

Spin from both ends to start with.

brandonia

Shot Bucko! 3 runs.

brandonia

Single to Benk.

brandonia

Yeah, just slept in a bit I think!

@jacksimpkin9

They're up now!

brandonia

Is the radio commentary still on Event 18?? If it is they're starting late!

raydetmold

Good morning everybody from a wet overcast germany , every run this last 2 add this morning is vital

@jacksimpkin9

Rain forecasted for about 3, so hopefully some afternoon play but I'm not too optimistic either

brandonia

Morning folks. 300 has to be the target!! HA'WAY DURHAM!!

Day 3

We will resume on Day 3 279/9 (98.0 ov) with a lead of 42 runs. Benkenstein 70* & Buckley 3* currently at the crease.

10:45am

stuartp

Morning all. Weather looks bad for this afternoon. Probably only 1 session of play today.

Update

Thanks for joining the LMC today. Join us tomorrow for further coverage.

6:34pm

chrissafc

happy with that

Durham

Good day for Durham as we gain the lead with some solid batting from Stoneman at the start and Benks throughout the afternoon. We now have a good platform to push on into day three.

6:32pm

Mark

Good to bat out the day, pity it's not a bigger lead but hopefully Benks and Ryan can add a few more in the morning

Close of play

Now it is the close of play, Durham end day two on 279-9. Benks 70* and Buckley 3*. Lead is 42.

6:31pm

One over left

Maybe not the close of play. Apparently one more over.

6:29pm

brandonia

Well played Simon. Reckon we should bat til Lunch and then declare. See you all tomorrow folks.

chrissafc

good lead that

stuartp

Back tomorrow.

One over left

One over to be bowled today. Durham 278-9, lead is 41.

6:24pm

brandonia

Buckley is hogging the strike!!

chrissafc

this fa cup final is dull

Mark

Good to get a lead but I was hoping for at least 100 after an excellent opening stand.

brandonia

Another 100 would be better stu! I'll honestly settle for 50 lead though. Mind offer me 300 and I'm not going to complain!

brandonia

Surrey won't bat tonight.

stuartp

another 23 would be better brandonia :)

brandonia

40 lead. Ten more runs would be immense.

brandonia

Shot Benks! Ha'way lads, 9 down overnight - frustrate them!!

chrissafc

New Zealanders 285; England Lions 315/4 JE Root 143*JM Bairstow 45*BP Martin 19-4-97-1DAJ Bracewell 18-6-51-0 Stumps - England Lions lead by 30 runs with 6 wickets remaining in the 1st innings

Four!

Benks picks up a boundary off the last ball of De Bruyn's over. He moves to 70*. Durham 277-9.

6:19pm

brandonia

What's the score?? BBC has gone AWOL again.

chrissafc

joe root scoring runs again. some player him

brandonia

The BBC scorecard is going backwards!! We just lost 2 runs!

94 overs bowled

Durham are 271-9 after 94 overs. Benkenstein 64* and Buckley 1*. Lead is 34.

6:14pm

Re: Brandonia, jacksimpkin

Correct, changeover would take 2 overs, so there wouldn't be time after the 95th over.

6:13pm

brandonia

After 1 ball of the 95th over.

Off the mark

Buckley gets his first, first class run as he clips De Bruyn off his legs for a single.

6:08pm

chrissafc

Satisfying lead

@jacksimpkin9

When would be the point that Surrey wouldn't have to bat? Last over?

RE: jacksimpkin

4 overs after this current over I think.

6:07pm

@jacksimpkin9

How many overs left today?

brandonia

Doing a Surrey here like. Poor afternoon for us really.

Hat-Trick ball

The hat-trick ball from Linley is defended by Buckley.

6:04pm

New Batsman

The new man at the crease is Ryan Buckley.

6:04pm

stuartp

So Buckley comes to the crease for his debut innings at 19 years old as number 11 with the bowler on a hat trick.

Wicket!

Rushworth goes first ball caught and bowled by Linley. Durham 267-9.

6:02pm

New Batsman

New man at the crease is Chris Rushworth.

6:02pm

Wicket!

Wood goes for 13 caught behind by Davies off the bowling of Linley. Durham 267-8, lead is 30.

6:00pm

brandonia

Ha'way Durham! Get this new cherry dispatched to the rope a few times!!

stuartp

Wood has a batting average at the moment of 32 and bowling average of 21. If he keeps that average up he's one heck of an alrounder.

New Ball Taken

Surrey have taken the new ball.

5:55pm

90 overs bowled

Durham are 264-7 after 90 overs. Benks 60* and Wood 11*. Lead is 27.

5:53pm

Four!

Benks deploys the reverse sweep and it gets him a boundary down to third man. He moves to 58*.

5:48pm

Bonus point

That shot brings up the 250 for Durham which secures the second batting point.

5:46pm

brandonia

Gerrin! Now for 300 lads!!

Four and the 250 up.

Wood crashes a shot to the boundary off the bowling of Keedy. He moves to 7*.

5:45pm

stuartp

2nd batting point

brandonia

I wouldn't gan mad. Just maybe try and attack a bit. Give the bowlers something to think about.

Off the mark

Wood gets off the mark with three runs off Batty.

5:43pm

stuartp

Wood is a decent batsman, I wouldn't be going mad just yet.

New Batsman

New man at the crease is Mark Wood.

5:41pm

Mark

Well done Benks

brandonia

Might be time for Benks to have a dart.

Wicket

Thorp goes for 2 caught by Roy off the bowling of Batty. Durham 246-7, lead is 9.

5:40pm

brandonia

Well batted Benks!! NOW GO AND DOUBLE IT!!

Four and 50 for Benks

Benks hits a boundary off Keedy and moves to his 50. Well played Benks. Thats come off 129 balls.

5:37pm

stuartp

Applauds Benks

brandonia

Are there 12 overs left tonight guys?

85 overs bowled

Durham are 240-6 after 85. Benks 47* and Thorp 3*. Lead is 3.

5:35pm

brandonia

Good news.

stuartp

From the 2nd XI record he's no bunny.

brandonia

Anyone know if Buckley is handy with the bat??

Durham lead!

Benks hits a single and we have the lead! Come on Durham. 238-6.

5:32pm

brandonia

HA'WAY LADS!! Benk needs to keep his end closed and the others can just tap it about a bit. 300 still a real possibility.

Parity

The scores are level as we reach 237-6. Come on Durham!

5:31pm

brandonia

Poor time to lose a wicket but good partnership that. Just what we needed. Surprised Wood hasn't came in mind.

RE: stuartp

Yes he did. 58*.

5:29pm

stuartp

Wood has batted well as well. 50 last innings wasn't it.

RE: stuartp

Apparently so, but Callum's batted well this season.

5:28pm

stuartp

Thorp, ahead of Wood?

New Batsman

The new man at the crease is Callum Thorp.

5:26pm

Wicket

Mustard goes for 35 lbw to Batty. Durham 236-5. We trail by 1.

5:26pm

stuartp

4 wickets left to put on a lead.

Re: Brandonia

Not sure, Brandon. Be unusual if they did.

5:25pm

brandonia

Martin isn't on enough for my liking! Great shout re Mr Tumble though! Mega lolz!

Update

Good stuff guys, appreciate it.

5:21pm

brandonia

Have the spinners taken the new nut?

brandonia

Shooting Colonel!

Fours!

Mustard drills two shots off the bowling of Keedy to the boundary. He moves to 32*.

5:19pm

brandonia

Good work folks. WE ARE, WE ARE, WEARSIDE!!

BrianT

Commentating for 7 hours a day on cricket can't be easy. Don't mind them being biased, as I would be too. Don't mind Mr Tumble and his mate but it's much better when Martin's on.

stuartp

Yep others here as well, just been off making/eating tea for myself and the family.

RE: BrianT

Thank you Brian.

5:16pm

BrianT

There are others following this excellent service and listening to the radio too. Appreciate your efforts Simon. You are not alone.

79 overs in

Durham are 222-5 with Benks 42* and Mustard 24*. We trail by 15, partnership is 40*.

5:14pm

@jacksimpkin9

#wearetheham

christoff

Howay lads keep this going good stuff this

brandonia

Double Nelson.

chrissafc

Still here

Re: Brandonia

Haha, I'm all good thanks. I've got a cuppa at hand.

5:08pm

Four

Nice shots by Benks as he drills a shot to the fence off Batty. He moves to 39*.

5:08pm

brandonia

Good man, me and you brother! I'm off to put the kettle on, want out??

brandonia

SHOT BENK!!

Re: Brandonia

Haha, it's Simon Brandon. We'll make the best of it.

5:06pm

Change in Bowling

Batty replaces Meaker in the attack.

5:06pm

brandonia

I think it's just me and you Simon/Michelle..........

Four!

Mustard rocks onto the back foot and cuts a Linley delivery to the boundary. He moves to 23*.

5:03pm

brandonia

Shot Colonel!!

brandonia

I'll settle for 300 like lads.......

75 overs bowled

Durham are 209-5 after 75. Benks 34* and Mustard 19*. We trail 28. Partnership 27*.

5:01pm

Four!

Mustard cracks Meaker to the boundary to move to 15*.

4:50pm

Bonus Point

That single also brings us our first batting point. Come on Durham!

4:50pm

200 up

A Benks single brings up the 200. Played lads.

4:49pm

brandonia

Shot Colonel!!

brandonia

200 up! 4-2 to Durham.

brandonia

Colly got a shocker apparently.

Change in Bowling

Meaker replaces De Bruyn in the Surrey attack.

4:46pm

72 overs bowled

Durham are 199-5 after 72. Benks 32* and Mustard 11* We trail by 38. Partnership 17*.

4:46pm

brandonia

That Surrey bloke sounds like he should be teaching Infants

Four

Another boundary to Mustard as he drills a De Bruyn delivery to the fence.

4:40pm

brandonia

Shot Colonel.

brandonia

Can't believe how much trouble De Bruyn is causing our lads. He's a blinking pasty chucker.

Four!

Lovely shot by Mustard to get his first boundary of the day. He moves to 7*.

4:33pm

68 overs bowled

Durham are 187-5 after 68. Benks 28* and Mustard 3*. We trail by 50.

4:30pm

brandonia

I can't listen to them. The Surrey pair are so annoying and incredibly biased.

Off the mark

Mustard gets off the mark with a single.

4:25pm

@jacksimpkin9

i hope your're right manurule175

stuartp

The commentators are obviously worried, they are desperately trying to apply the commentators curse.

brandonia

Did the pitch inspector find anything untoward?

stuartp

Durham have shown a few times this season already that they bat all the way down.

manurule175

Of course, but i have faith in the lads! Sticking with 280-300

@jacksimpkin9

sounds like good bowling conditions though...

manurule175

Id expect 120 for the last 5 wickets? Doesnt sound unreasonable to me.

brandonia

Not in my opinion no.

@jacksimpkin9

if mustard gets going? you never know...

manurule175

Wonr make 250? really?! Still reckon we can get 280-300

brandonia

We won't make 250.

Bowling

Tim Linley is back in the attack.

4:18pm

New Batsman

New man at the crease is Phil Mustard.

4:17pm

@jacksimpkin9

interesting game on!

Wicket!

Collingwood goes for four lbw to De Bruyn. Durham 182-5. We trail by 55.

4:16pm

@jacksimpkin9

LBW de Bruyne

@jacksimpkin9

Collingwood out

Bowling

De Bruyn will finish his over.

4:14pm

@jacksimpkin9

33

Update

We've lost 14 overs in the time we were off. So I think there's 33 overs left today.

4:14pm

safcluke

How many overs left today then?

GOOD NEWS

We're getting under at 16:15. The rain has stopped and the covers are off. Play should be underway shortly.

4:12pm

brandonia

Play due to resume at 4:15pm. We've lost 14 overs.

@jacksimpkin9

Restart at 4:15, 14 overs lost

brandonia

Any word on that inspection?

CollingwoodFTM

Off to the pub in a minute. Hope we are back batting soon

Tea

Tea has been taken and good news the rain has stopped. There will be an inspection at 4.

3:33pm

bryn

gonna have a cheeky mb :)

Mark

Good so it must have stopped raining

brandonia

Tea being taken, inspection at 4.

Mark

Annoying rain! We're in a good position here barring a Surrey style collapse! Congratulations to Benks on the 9000 runs, hope there's many more to come from the great man.

Re: Brandonia

Yes, unfortunately.

3:23pm

brandonia

Still damping on???

@crickstatchris

congratulations Dale Benkenstein- 9,000 f/c runs for Durham. @LV_Cricket @DurhamCricket #countycricketlive

Rain

More rain at the Oval and the covers are on. Durham 180-4. Benks 25* and Colly 2*. We trail by 57.

2:45pm

63 overs in

Durham are 178-4 after 63 overs. Benks 25* and Colly 1*. We trail Surrey by 59.

2:40pm

Four!

Benks continues his good form before the stoppage as he cracks a De Bruyn delivery to the boundary.

2:32pm

Appeal

De Bruyn and the slips go up for lbw against Colly but the umpire says not out.

2:31pm

marchy22

well he needs to curtail thay arrogancw

stuartp

The arrogance of youth marchy, he acts like he doesn't think the opposition are good enough to bowl at him.

marchy22

thats worse giving ur wicket away

Bowling

De Bruyn to finish his over after the stoppage.

2:24pm

stuartp

May have been poor with the bat, but he has taken a bag full of wickets and he tends to throw it away batting. He never looks like he's struggling against the bowling.

Good News

The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off.

2:21pm

marchy22

agreed stokes has been poor this season and people say he is a dark horse for the ashes, crazy talk

brandonia

The rain makes that wicket all the more a bitter pill to swallow. 170-3 at the rain break would've been ideal.

Rain

Rain has arrived and the players have gone off. The covers are coming on.

2:11pm

brandonia

I'm assuming he's only a part-timer but he's seemingly causing us havoc...... Stokes has been poor this season with the bat too mind.

New Batsman

New man at the crease is captain Paul Collingwood.

2:09pm

Re: Brandonia

Medium pace.

2:09pm

brandonia

What does de Bruyn bowl?

Wicket!

Stokes goes for 20 as he's clean bowled by De Bruyn. Durham 170-4. We trails by 67.

2:08pm

Change in Bowling

De Bruyn replaces Batty in the attack.

2:07pm

58 overs bowled

Durham are 170-3 after 58 overs with Stokes 20* and Benks 198. We trail by 67. Partnership is 39*.

2:07pm

brandonia

Keep them coming boys!!

Four!

Benks looks in good knick after lunch as he cracks yet another boundary off Keedy.

2:05pm

brandonia

Easy stuartp. Possibly the greatest batsman never to play for Australia too. Their loss ;-).

Four!

Another boundary for Benks as he drills Batty through the covers to the fence.

2:02pm

stuartp

Commentators asking the easiest question in cricketing history for any Durham fan. "I played 8 times for Italy, I made double centuries both for and against Durham. Who am I?" Anyone not know?

Four!

Another boundary for Durham this time it's Stokes who crashes a shot off Keedy to the fence. He moves to 17*.

1:58pm

150 up

Benks brings up the 150 with a boundary as he sweeps Batty to the fence. He moves to 9*.

1:56pm

52 overs in

Durham are 144-3 after 52 overs. Stokes 11* and Benks 2*. We trail by 93.

1:48pm

Re: Marchy22

Both spinners are on, so I think it might be doing something. Not a great deal though.

1:47pm

marchy22

is it spinning much?

Bowling

Keedy will begin after Lunch.

1:40pm

Afternoon session

The players are back out on the field after lunch, play should resume shortly.

1:39pm

stuartp

I'd still be looking for 350. Colly is one of the best players of spin I have ever seen, and with the backup of Stokes, Benks, Mustard etc... we have a lot of batting to go.

brandonia

350 was the minimum I'd have accepted at the Close last night, now I think on reflection I'd be satisfied with 300. Would expect us to make inroads before they draw level. Ha'way Durham!!

Haslam

Unlikely to get less than 250 so we're still ahead. Couple of huge sessions coming up, worst case they draw level but i see us getting over 300 and having a couple of theirs out by close

brandonia

It's in the balance after that session. We lost one wicket too many for my liking but one decent partnership gets us a lead. Still plenty batting to come too.

Lunch

It's Lunch at the Oval. Durham are 140-3 after 49 overs. Stokes 8* and Benkenstein 1*. We trail by 96.

1:00pm

One over till Lunch

One over left till lunch to be bowled by Batty.

12:59pm

Off the mark

Benks gets off the mark after 17 balls with a single. Durham 139-3.

12:57pm

brandonia

Collapse imminent......

SIX!!

Stokes gets his first boundary of the day in spectacular fashion as he cracks Batty over the ropes for a six!

12:55pm

@surreycricket

Lights are on @DurhamCricket http://t.co/o6FCh3sN2j

44 overs bowled

Durham are 132-3 after 44 overs. Benkenstein 0* and Stokes 1*. We trail by 105.

12:46pm

marchy22

oh no

New batsman

The new man at the crease is Ben Stokes.

12:35pm

Wicket

Stoneman is out for 77 caught by Burns off the bowling of Batty. Durham 131-3.

12:35pm

parky

Ahhhhj

bryn

Just took the dog to get his nails cut at kutz 4 mutz,£6 very reasonable

New batsman

The new man at the crease is Dale Benkenstein.

12:32pm

Wicket

Borthwick goes for 14 caught behind by Davies off the bowling of De Bruyn. Durham 131-2.

12:32pm

pingu

im pretty sure i saw buckly bowl when i went to see the second xl play against scotland. but i cant find any scorecards for those matches...... can anybody point me to a link where i might find them ? ......... ........ what a dream debut anyway

Change in Bowling

Zander de Bruyn replaces Batty in the attack at the Vauxhall End.

12:29pm

CollingwoodFTM

Checking in every 10 mins whilst doing my chores.

39 overs bowled

Durham are 127-1 after 39. Borthwick 13* and Stoneman 75*. We trail by 110. Partnership is 39*.

12:22pm

parky

I'm here. Cooking lunch and listening on my smart phone

daleslass

I'm still here

Four!

Another boundary for Scotty as he cuts the ball down to third man. He moves to 12*, Durham 125-1, we trail by 112.

12:18pm

Four!

Scotty's in on the action now as he guides a Linley delivery down to third man to the fence. He moves to 8*.

12:16pm

marchy22

its awfully quiet on here today

Four!

Stoneman finds the boundary for the 11th time in his innings as he cuts Batty down to third man. He moves to 74*.

12:13pm

36 overs in

Durham are 113-1 after 36. Borthwick 4* and Stoneman 70*. We trail by 124. Partnership 25*.

12:11pm

Change in Bowling

Tim Linley comes into the attack and replaces Keedy at the Pavillion End.

12:01pm

33 overs in

Durham are 111-1 after 33 overs. Stoneman 70* and Borthwick 2*. We trail by 126.

12:00pm

Run Out Appeal

Stoneman goes for a risky third run but is called back by Borthwick. Luckily Rocky gets back just in time as Davies breaks the bails.

11:59am

30 overs bowled

Durham are 106-1 after 30 overs. Stoneman 67* and Borthwick 2*. We trail by 131.

11:51am

100 up for Durham

Durham bring up the 100 in the 28th over. Stoneman 64* and Borthwick 1*. We trail by 137.

11:44am

Four!

Another cut by Stoneman and another boundary this time off Keedy. He moves to 63*.

11:43am

brandonia

@chrissafc - take it up with the Surrey commentators.

CollingwoodFTM

Good luck today lads. Keep it going. How's the beer festival at the Oval?

Four!

Stoneman adds four more as he cuts Batty to the fence. He moves to 59*.

11:40am

marchy22

can that buckley bat?

New batsman

Scott Borthwick is the new man at the crease.

11:32am

chrissafc

Over hyping rocky.

Wicket

Smith goes for 27 lbw to Batty, Durham 88-1.

11:32am

brandonia

Just an observation from the comms. Don't shoot the messenger. Smith gone.

marchy22

steady on about what chris?

chrissafc

Steady on

brandonia

Comms saying that Rocky is very similar to Rutherford of NZ in that he's aggressive at the top of the order. It's reminiscent of Diva really, who I know Rocky has looked to learn a lot from. It would be immense if he could get even somewhere near to Diva's class!

Change in Bowling

Gareth Batty replaces Meaker in the attack at the Vauxhall End.

11:25am

marchy22

century before lunch for rocky?

Four!

Four more to Rocky as he slog sweeps Keedy to the fence. He moves to 54*. Aggressive stuff from Rocky this morning.

11:24am

21 overs bowled

Durham are 83-0 after 21 overs, Stoneman 50* and Smith 26*. We trail by 154. Come on Durham!!

11:23am

marchy22

well in rocky, keep ur hands england

marchy22

glad to see the batsmen are finding thier feet after a poor start to the season

chrissafc

Well played rocky. 53 balls ha ha what an effort

50 for Rocky

Rocky brings up his 50 with a single and he brings it up off just 53 balls, Well played Rocky.

11:20am

chrissafc

Agreed. Onions doesnt have any relations working for england/ecb

brandonia

Well batted Rocky!! Now double it!

marchy22

only anderson is a better bowler than onions

Four!

A short delivery from Meaker is punished again by Rocky as he cuts the ball to the boundary. He moves to 49*.

11:19am

brandonia

Shot Rocky!

chrissafc

Just fail to see the point of playing him. They know what he can do. Either select him or leave him with durham where he does best

marchy22

of course hes not in the squad, we dont have a championship match next week

Four!

Another boundary this morning as Stoneman crashes another Meaker delivery to the fence. He moves to 45*. Durham 73-0.

11:18am

chrissafc

No onions in england squad. What an insult it is to the lad playing for england lions team.

Four!

Four more to Smith as Keedy drops short and Smith pulls the ball to the boundary. He moves to 23*.

11:15am

exiledgeordie

What planet do the Surrey commentators come from?

After 18 overs

Durham are 61-0 after 18 overs. Stoneman 39* and Smith 19*. Trail by 176.

11:09am

Four!

Stoneman edges the ball from a Meaker delivery and it flies to the boundary at third man. He moves to 39*.

11:06am

brandonia

Good start to the innings anyway, be class if these two can get a ton partnership!

Four!

The first boundary of the morning comes from Smith as he flicks the ball of his legs to the fence. He moves to 16*.

11:04am

daleslass

Morning all

Bowling

Stuart Meaker will share the ball this morning from the Vauxhall End.

11:02am

50 up for Durham

Two runs for Stoneman brings up the 50. He moves to 35*.

11:00am

morzee

let's put them to the sword. 400 plus please

Bowling

Gary Keedy will open the bowling this morning for Surrey.

10:58am

poolynorm

Sorry to rain on your parade lads but Durham will be bowled out for 150.What else can you expect from the relegation certainties!!

Durham

Stoneman 33* and Smith 12* begin the day for Durham just 189 runs behind Surrey.

10:56am

Morning Session

The players are out on the field, so play should begin shortly.

10:55am

marchy22

rocky century today

brandonia

Miles Kane - Don't Forget Who You Are. Out 3 June folks. Get on it!

marchy22

lets hope so

brandonia

Hope so aye. A good couple of sessions today could put us well in command.

marchy22

lets bat all day

marchy22

lets bat all dy

RE: Brandonia

Cloudy, reports of posible showers later hopefully we'll miss them though.

10:47am

brandonia

What's the weather like??

Durham

Durham are in a strong position after bowling out the hosts for 237 with debutant Ryan Buckley starring taking 5-86. While Mark Stoneman and Will Smith solidified our position leaving us 48-0 at the close just 189 runs behind Surrey.

10:40am

Day Two

Good morning and welcome to Day Two of our County Championship clash with Surrey at the Oval.

10:38am

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