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Somerset CCC v Durham CCC Day Three

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BrianT

Sob Sob. I know it's only a game but my week's ruined.

durham dave

Sometimes wouldnt win more than 2 championship games a season. Hope it doesnt return.

durham dave

Just a shame thought we could dominate for years.Not trying to put the players down but do we want the bad times again.

safcluke

Although the point you are trying to make is spot on.

safcluke

Cant wait for the ODI v Australia myself.

durham dave

Thats true Gidman doing well . Im afraid guys our summer will be spoilt .Cast adrift but as long as club got full house for aussies who cares??

safcluke

our oldest players are our best players

safcluke

they let a very fine batsman/bowling all rounder go. Will Gidman.

durham dave

Too many old players and no good young batters (stokes apart).Clubs fault rather have new stand and full 20/20 crowds .

durham dave

Watched cricket for 30 years and knew signs from last season and this. Never mind roll on winning 2nd division.

safcluke

coming to the pro 40 on Sunday. It better be good.

durham dave

I wrote on here after only 2 championship games we would go down. Everyone laughed at me but where do we stand now?????

safcluke

I took a £100 bet with someone 4 weeks ago who said we would go down. I said we wouldn't. Shall I just pay up now?

Mark

I assume Graham was referring to our result!

Mark

I hope you do well in your fantasy team Brandonia but don't want him to get another ton next week!

Mark

Tweet from Bunny "Wow...safe to say I didn't see that coming"

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Brandonia: Oh well, atleast Ashwell Prince scored a ton for my fantasy team!

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Brandonia: I'd go as far as to say it was more unbelievable from where we were at Tea on Day 1. 232-2 or whatever it was.

dalesgirl

Mark I agree.

bryn

Roll on Sunday mini milks and the feel good factor aal round! (fingers x)

Mark

Yeah, hope for good weather and good cricket on Sunday.

dalesgirl

Whatever. At least the weather has to be nice on Sunday.

Sir gareth

Im wrng quite a lot of the time

dalesgirl

Roll on Sunday

chrissafc

all the best everyone, roll on sunday

dalesgirl

Sir Gareth your opinion always has to be right tho !

dalesgirl

Opening the Diamond White later. Shocking performance again. Lets hope questions are asked

Sir gareth

Everybody entitled to their opinion

chrissafc

cant believe we've lost this game within 3 days after been 158-1 on the first day

Mark

I'll be heading to the pub soon!

christoff

Well Durham have turned me to drink - Stella in the garden laters lmcers

Mark

Colly always a good team player and someone the rest of the players(hopefully anyway) have a lot of respect for. Throughout his career he's always had periods where he looks hopelessly out of form so although he does need runs I'm confident they will come.

chrissafc

well done to somerset

Mark

Colly needs a big score, can't blame him today when he was stranded with the tail and there were signs in the 2nd innings of the Somerset game of a return to form. Right now though I think we need his experience esp with Benks missing.

Somerset win

Somerset claim the win, by five wickets. We take seven points from the match.

6:19pm

dalesgirl

Chrissafc - there's a few players on thin ice

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Brandonia: On a brighter note, anyone fancy coming to Arundel in July?!!

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Brandonia: Ive never known such poor batting from Durham since the early days of the First Class days.

Mark

He does, always worth taking notice of what Tim says. Can't blame the coach if players keep getting out to stupid shots.

chrissafc

personally think collingwood is on very thin ice

dalesgirl

Well he should be playing. Just cos you don't like him doesn't say he can't be picked.

Sir gareth

Everybody knws u would

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Brandonia: Hard to argue with that. Knows his cricket does Tim.

christoff

i agree dalesgirl and was player of the season for the most of last year

chrissafc

he said it appears some players are taking no notice of the coaching as he believes the coaches will be coaching about discipline. he also said changes are needed

dalesgirl

I would Sir Gareth. He's done no worse than other players who keep their place failure after failure

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Brandonia: What was his crack like chrissafc?

christoff

he needs the rest nearly 39 now

Sir gareth

I certainly wouldn't play gordon in 4 day cricket nt good enough

chrissafc

tim wellock didnt have much good to say on radio newcastle at around 5.40pm

Somerset 138-5

Buttler caught Harmison off Blackwell for 7*. Somerset 138-5!

6:13pm

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Brandonia: On an semi-related note, why do we never pick Diva in 40 overs?

christoff

ok yes it is a different game in regard to fielding restrictions but if your in form in one you can play both

chrissafc

will smith with a wicket?

Mark

Gordon has done well in both CB40 games but either Gordon or Rocky had to be left out of this match for Stokes.

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Brandonia: So why does Mustard open in one day but bat 7 in the Championship? If its the same game?

christoff

no

Mark

Indeed bryn! Worst possible time to play them when we are low on confidence.

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Brandonia: Completely different game though. Surely you have to admit that?

christoff

Muchall has score 75 and 41 in cb40

bryn

Gonna be a tense atmosphere on Sunday v the bravehearts

dalesgirl

I was on about the CB40 game

Bowling change

Ian Blackwell returns, at the Old Pavilion End. Somerset 129-4 - they need 23 to win.

6:07pm

christoff

For me Harmison and Plunkett are fringe players who got a game because of others not available, they did not do enough to retain there place

marchy22

You can't drop either. Any Bowlers struggle at taunton unless you are bowling against our batters

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Brandonia: 16 & 14. I wouldn't call that a good game daleslass

Mark

Gordon was dropped because Stokes was fit. Muchall & Stoneman are both decent players but if either of them plays whoever it is should be given a proper run in the side and that's why I'd keep Rocky in.

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Brandonia: How many runs did he score?

Mark

On current form yes christoff but wouldn't it be a mistake to leave both Harmy & Plunkett out after 1 game? Pitches at our place are generally more bowler friendly.

dalesgirl

Gordon had a good game against Somerset then he gets dropped. Why ? He did nothing wrong.

christoff

Claydon 3rd Thorp 4th for me

Mark

If Onions isn't playing in the test he'd obviously be the first automatic bowling choice and Jamie Harrison would be the second.

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Brandonia: Nah, no Muchall. I'd actually be tempted to stick Colly at 3. I'd prefer an overseas at 3 though!

Smith strikes!

Somerset 129-4, Suppiah is out lbw to Smith for 73!

6:03pm

dalesgirl

I'd swap Stoneman for Muchall

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d fielding swung it for me.

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Brandonia: For me it's because Thorp has been poor this season, I'd give the new ball to Harrison and Onions. Then Plunkett could come on. His batting an

christoff

Claydon and Onions in for Plunkett and Harmison for me, maybe Muchall in for Stoneman/Collingwood

Mark

For me Chris it would be unfair on Thorp but either Harmy or Plunkett has to play. No point in dropping both of them after one game.

Mark

I'd go for Diva, Smith, Stoneman, Stokes, Colly, Richardson, Mustard, Borthwick, Harrison, Onions, Harmy/Plunkett

christoff

Why is everyone going for Plunkett in place of Thorp??

Update

Somerset 119-3, they need only 33 runs to take the win.

5:59pm

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Brandonia: That was me by the way.

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der slot, can field too.

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I'd actually think about Plunkett for Thorp with Harrison and Onions the new ball men. Whereas Borthwick for me is a must, even just to fill the all roun

dalesgirl

Well done Harmy.

marchy22

Nice one harmy

Wicket!

Somerset 100-3 after 26 overs. Hildreth is caught by Thorp off Harmison for 31!

5:51pm

marchy22

I'd go for that but have harmy and plunket in for borthwick and Thorpe

Latest

Somerset 97-2, in the 26th over, 55 runs required.

5:48pm

marchy22

They must just want him to chuck a few up there to get hit out the ground

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ustard, Thorp, Harrison, Onions. Won't be though.

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Brandonia: Aye, I'd want to come home tonight too in fairness. My team for Lancs would be Diva, Smith, Colly, Stokes, Blackwell, Borthwick, Richardson, M

dalesgirl

Smith !!

Update

Somerset need 60 to win, they are currently 91-2, Will Smith comes on at the River End.

5:43pm

marchy22

Who though. The owners? Cook? Mustard?

BrianT

Those who are in charge.

Bowling change

Stephen Harmison comes on at the Old Pavilion End - come on Durham!

5:36pm

marchy22

Who do u mean by these though

BrianT

I mean I don't care anymore with these in charge. Plain English with no spelling mistakes or double meanings.

Suppiah 50

Fifty for Suppiah - Somerset 88-2 in the 22nd over.

5:35pm

marchy22

What do u mean Brian

Sir gareth

I thnk they should at least give harmy or pudsey a couple of overs to see if they could get a wicket

BrianT

Don't care anymore with these in charge.

marchy22

What would everyone's team be for lancs next week

BrianT

Can't believe there's a baseball match on BBC. The world's gone mad!

Sir gareth

Mustard must nt have faith in harmy if he hasn't gave him the new ball

Mark

Yes, if there's a chance of getting it over with tonight might as well take it.

marchy22

Id be very surprised they didn't play the extra half hour

Latest

Somerset 66-2 after 19.1 overs, 18 overs remain after this one, they are 86 runs behind.

5:26pm

Sir gareth

How many overs are left today anybody know

Mark

Although having said that I'd very surprised Harmy hasn't bowled at the start of this innings. I'd have given him a cpl of overs with the new ball just to see what happened.

marchy22

He should be giving better interviews. Us the fans deserve it instead of meaningless chat

Mark

But there's no point in making drastic changes-hopefully we'll have Onions back next week and Richardson might be considered. Borthwick will also be recalled sooner than later. Plunkett & Harmison can't be judged too harshly after one game back on an unresponsive pitch.

marchy22

Mark they have had a chance we are a THIRD of the way through the season. Wake up and smell the coffee

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Brandonia: Aye, you might be right bryn. I might call round and see if he can knock me some discount off 6 bottles of Desperados. Back to the cricket - M

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archy is right. Action needed NOW.

Mark

I bet there's a big difference between what Geoff says to the press and what he says to the players behind closed doors!

marchy22

I haven't been impressed with cooks interviews this seasons. Seems to avoid Whats happening. He will proably do the same and diverse talking about the loss by talking about Harrison

Mark

I'm not being complacent but the team is full of top quality players and I'd be surprised if they don't put things right soon. It'd be wrong to have blind faith in them but imo they need to be given a chance to turn things around. That's not to say changes shouldn't be made-Richardson for example could come in.

bryn

Brands,I hear norm has got a part time gig down at Barrys bargain store which is obviously a wifi free zone!

marchy22

About time people started agreeing with what I'm saying. There is no time left now. It has to be fixed now

myboyharry

Mark, Marchy is right. Its time to stop the excuses and realise that things arent right. If nothing changes within the team then nothing will change with the results. there is obviously something wrong and it needs to be fixed or we will go down. Its not a popular message but it is the right message. We are playing very poorly and are bottom of the table for a reason.

Mark

dalesgirl-you're probably right but I just don't think we should panic and make drastic changes.

Mark

And to be fair to them tvbc this is the first match that we've played in good batting conditions so it's not as if the batters have been failing again and again on good pitches.

dalesgirl

mark I think a rethink is needed now before anymore matches.

Tynevalleyblackcat

We all know they can do it but they actually need to go out there and get it done rather than talking about it.

marchy22

This is what people keep saying let's see after the next two matches. Those blinded like that won't realise we are deep trouble till there isn't two mire matches left

Tynevalleyblackcat

We just need to find some some form. We have had debates on here about players being out of form before, but at the moment its pretty much everybody when we are batting.

Mark

It's a worrying time marchy but no need to panic yet. Even if it goes wrong in the next 2 games we will still have time to turn it around although if we do lose them both(and I do not expect we will) a rethink might be needed

dalesgirl

Much as I have faith in the team if we loose this one I think there could be a real chance of a relegation battle

Somerset 50

Somerset 50-2 after 13.2 overs.

5:07pm

marchy22

Lancs looking good to.beat middlesex. How long till people realise we are facing relegation. Yous are all saying wait till after the next two matches. We will be half way through the season by then

marchy22

Six off blackwell

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Brandonia: We need a hat-trick. Where's Norm at btw?

Tom87

@keenasmustard whip-round?

Mark

We must also be very close to the salary cap so even if the money was available we might not be able to use it

Update

Change of bowling at the Old Pavilion End, Callum Thorp. Somerset 41-2 after 11 overs.

4:57pm

keenasmustard

I dont think we can afford an o/seas player for the CC.

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Brandonia: Two defeats to Lancs and Warks and it could be too late.

christoff

We have not played Lancs and Worcester yet, we will beat them because we are better than them so relegation is not even an issue in my eyes

Mark

...although despite the awful start I would be v surprised if we get into a real end of season relegation battle.

chrissafc

we're bottom of the league for a reason.

chrissafc

which like it or lump it, is very possible and it pains me to say that.

Mark

If we go OK in the next couple of CC games(Lancs & Warwickshire) then no need to think about bringing someone in but if things don't go well it has to be worth considering.

dalesgirl

I still can't forgive Shiv for that T20 performance

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Brandonia: Bang on chrissafc.

chrissafc

@christoff - to avoid relegation

Mark

To be fair I think the t20 players don't count towards the salary cap so even if we had the money to get someone for the CC we might not be able to. I could be wrong about that though.

Sir gareth

I would love it because he was awesome at durham

christoff

What would be the point of paying someone for a couple of games to finish maybe mid table?

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Brandonia: He'd be immense but I think the money men would rather have a slogger for t20.

Mark

I'd be happy with that!

Sir gareth

People know what it would be when england finish playing windies could we sign the little genius chanderpaul

Mark

What would you q be Sir G?

Update

Somerset 35-2 after 9 overs. Wowzer...there is no air in this press box at all - bloomin' hot! If the posts stop it is because I have melted!

4:50pm

Sir gareth

Dnt thnk il attend because my question wouldn't be appreciated

Smith

It was a tough chance - would've been massively impressive to hold on to it. Keep the faith!

4:47pm

marchy22

That's all we need people dripping catches

Update

Somerset 30-2 after 8 overs.

4:46pm

chrissafc

yeah i'll be in attendance

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Brandonia: Smith drops Hildreth.

Mark

That first one could be interesting chris-I just hope our form has improved by then or it could be a heated debate!

chrissafc

cant make the 27th july one as sunderland are playing hartlepool on the night

chrissafc

thanks very much

Mark

It's in the 'Around the Wicket' magazine chris Q&A's close of play on 6th June(Warwickshire), 27th July(Middlesex) and 12th Sep (Sussex)

Sir gareth

We could have dne with scotty today on this pitch

chrissafc

has that been announced mark?

Mark

Members q&a session after day 2 of the Warwickshire game might be interesting! Although a miraculous win here would cheer everyone up no end

Noz

Marchy, just in case you're wondering, I'm not Geoff Cook masquerading as someone else!! :)

Tynevalleyblackcat

Marchy - we don't want to know what your preferred method of relief is!!

dalesgirl

Well bowled Blackie !

chrissafc

haway durham

Wicket!

Compton caught by Colly off Blackwell for 8. Somerset 17-2. Come on Durham!

4:30pm

BrianT

17 for 2. Not so easy is it?

Mark

Marvellous!

Tynevalleyblackcat

2 DOWN

chrissafc

a lot of those runs were vs cardiff uni i believe

Stan Drop

Compton needs 67 to be the first to score 1 000 runs before the end of May since graham Hick twenty odd years ago. Pressure's on him.

christoff

Just got back, what a disaster :-(

Mark

I read he'll be out for another 2-3 weeks

marchy22

No he won't

raydetmold

Blackwell opening the bowling ? , as if it couldnt get any worse

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Brandonia: Will Benk be fit for next week?

Mark

Harrison has been superb, at least there's going to be one huge positive from the match.

marchy22

I thought the conditions were perfect for swing bowling, obviously not

marchy22

Omg they are actually opening with Blackwell

chrissafc

*also not always

chrissafc

always remember harrison got 35 runs with the bat

Stan Drop

Yes Mark, chasing a low target often puts surprising prssure on a team. Brilliant dayboo from jamie!

Update

Somerset 7-1 after the first over. Blackwell to bowl from the River End.

4:21pm

marchy22

Noz will want Blackwell opening the bowling

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Brandonia: You're joking Marchy, they put on 99 for the 7th wicket yesterday. I'll start believing when they're 80-9

Mark

There's always a chance Marchy, not much of one but if we can somehow have them 3 or 4 down for under 50 you just never know.

marchy22

Believing

marchy22

I'll start relieving when they are 50-6

Mark

Excellent, well done(again) Jamie!

keenasmustard

Well you can't ask for a better start than that.

marchy22

Good start but the total is so below par its a joke

dalesgirl

Well done that man !!

marchy22

Relegation should have been on evryones mind already. We are a third of the way through the season now with no victories and poor performances to boot

chrissafc

good start

Wicket!

Harrison strikes first ball!! Somerset 0-1.

4:14pm

Update

Jamie Harrison opens the bowling..Alex Barrow is facing.

4:14pm

dalesgirl

We can win this

Come on Durham!

Here we go! Quick wickets please!

4:12pm

dalesgirl

I'd keep Blackwell and drop Scotty

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I think its time to start worrying about relegation.

marchy22

Blackwell won't get dropped cos he bowls too

Tea

Tea is being taken now I believe...

4:05pm

chrissafc

what time is tea?

Mark

One or two changes sounds right to me and Richardson for Blackwell is definitely possible. Suppose there's about a one in a thousand chance of winning this-we're at least 150 short but stranger things have happened.

marchy22

We will get two wickets tops

BrianT

I'll bet you a Brownie 127 we don't.

dalesgirl

We can if all our bowlers fire

Durham post 167

Durham post a second innings total of 167 - we need to defend 152.

3:54pm

Noz

167 ao

keenasmustard

A bit of flippancy Brian. Tongue in cheek. Having said that, it may be time to make one or two changes for the Lancashire game to freshen things up.

Noz

all out

chrissafc

harrison on 20 here

Sir gareth

I agree to brian t

BrianT

Keenas: So why the comment about golf handicaps?

dalesgirl

I agree to Brian.

keenasmustard

There's no doubt they are trying their best. It's just that their best isn't good enough and everyone is rolling us over.

chrissafc

agreed brian

BrianT

Any suggestion that they are not trying their best is out of order.

marchy22

Since 69-1 we are 89-8

marchy22

Richardson won't replace Blackwell

keenasmustard

Some of our boys must be wanting to improve their golf handicap tomorrow.

BrianT

Wondered why they were so keen to declare once they'd got the 5th batting point. Skulduggery I reckon.

Stan Drop

Murky, swing favourable conditions don't help Dockrell.

chrissafc

got to give dockrell some credit. good effort to get 5 wickets

dalesgirl

I think Richardson should be in the team for Sunday.

Durham nine down

Durham 158-9 - Colly is caught by Hildreth off Dockrell for 32.

3:38pm

Noz

158-9 Colly gone

Noz

Dockrell 5fer

Mark

It is painful Sir Gareth! I just hope it's a lot better next week.

keenasmustard

Richardson for Blackwell for the Lancs game. Nailed on.

Stan Drop

Six fours in three overs.

chrissafc

i think i'm not alone in hoping to see wood/richardson get a game on sunday. few others maybe?

Sir gareth

I wasn't talking to u dalesgirl I was having a joke with mark on here

chrissafc

Harrison has been a major positive in this game mind.

Noz

156-8 Colly and Harrison have both hit 2 4s each in teh last few balls

chrissafc

thats an open question for everyone, curious as to what people think

Stan Drop

"Back" , I meant

Durham 150

Durham 152-8 after 45.1 overs, Colly 32* and Harrison 8*.

3:35pm

keenasmustard

Drop the lot of them. Every single one.

marchy22

Well let's declare and use the bowling friendly conditions before its sunny for their innings

chrissafc

hopefully we can do something when we bowl. will be interesting to see the squad selection for sunday. do we give the likes of richardson/jennings/wood etc a game or do we keep with the usual lot and give them a chance to get some confidence?

dalesgirl

Nice to see you having faith in the boys as usual Sir Gareth

Stan Drop

Omigod! I turn my byck for a few minutes and what happens? haway colly, think "Cardiff", think "Centurion". Harr/mison for Onions and Monty parts.

Sir gareth

Yeah it is

Update

The conditions are great to be bowling in, it's hazy, muggy and very warm. Hold on to some faith people - if we end up bowling this aft then I think our bowlers will get results!

3:32pm

myboyharry

I'm lost for words.

Mark

Not that bad surely Sir gareth!

marchy22

More like time for cook to step aside

Sir gareth

This is lyk watching yorkshire

SuperBenks

Time for Cook to make some hard calls and drop a few of the established pros.

Update

Durham 136-8 after 43.5 overs.

3:28pm

keenasmustard

Whatever is going on in that dressing room it needs to be sorted.

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What's the point of second team cricket if the lads in form can't get a chance in the firsts?

Noz

Im not saying I fancy us to win marchy, we'll need at least another 50 -100 to have any kind of chance, but if we can get a wicket or 2 early and out them under a bit of pressure then you never know. Big innings for Colly this now

chrissafc

we were 158-1 48 hours ago

Ed Syers

It's not just poor, it's pathetic. They're clearly good players, yet this seems to happen every week.

chrissafc

131 (42.4 overs)

dalesgirl

I'm trying hard to be positive but its becoming harder.

chrissafc

very very poor. i gave them credit 1st innings and i gave them credit earlier today but this is very very poor

SuperBenks

Too many of this team are believing their own hype

marchy22

Well if u fancy Blackwell spinning us to victory noz ill give you odds a million to 1 for the Durham win

Tynevalleyblackcat

If we did not already know, we are in a relegation battle now. Lets hope the lads can get their heads round that and start playing somewhere near their true abilities.

raydetmold

dear oh dear oh dear

Wicket...

Thorp is caught by Overton off Dockrell. Durham 131-8.

3:22pm

chrissafc

dear me

Noz

Thorp out - 4 wickets down without scoring

dalesgirl

Its like Groundhog day

Noz

marchy - Dockrell has 3-16 from 7 overs - why cant Blackwell do that or better???

marchy22

The players must be fancying an extra day off again. Must be getting to them all this effort they put in

Sir gareth

How many overs left today please

keenasmustard

I've never seen a season start like this since the days of Mike Roseberry.

Tom87

what a joke, same old story.

Durham 131-7

Plunkett is caught by Overton off Dockrell. Durham 131-7.

3:15pm

marchy22

Yeah cos Blackwell is going to spin Somerset out for a 100

Tynevalleyblackcat

Oh Dear!!

Noz

Plunkett gone

Noz

Comms said bit more help for left arm spinner. Will be useful for Blackie

chrissafc

dear me

Six down

Durham 131-6 as Mustard is caught by Barrow off Dockrell. Plunkett joins Colly (19*)

3:12pm

Noz

Mustard out

raydetmold

Good cameo, but we needed this partnership to go through till tea. Blacky cannot continue batting at 6 if he throws his wicket away. give me strength hes got us back into the game with a strike rate in the 90s

marchy22

At least Blackwell got out being positive and not like the rest playing negatively

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Brandonia: Can't afford anymore wickets down before Tea like.

stuartp

"keenasmustard: Rhodes if you want to see the Muppets visit the Members Lounge sometime. " Beaker reporting for duty here :)

stemc

Good cameo, but we needed this partnership to go through till tea. Blacky cannot continue batting at 6 if he throws his wicket away.

chrissafc

big wicket that

keenasmustard

Looks like Blackie got too overconfident.

Tom87

Blacky getting carried away again.

Durham 131-5

Durham 131-5, Blackwell caught and bowled by Dockrell for 38.

3:04pm

keenasmustard

22 runs off the last 11 balls.

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Brandonia: SIX to Blacky!

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Brandonia: 105 lead.

Six!

Six to Blackwell! Durham 127-4

3:03pm

Noz

Colly hit 3 4s in the last over and Blackie just hit a HUGE 6

Tynevalleyblackcat

Runs are important here. One good partnership and the game is back to even. Colly seems to be finding a bit of form.

Partnership 50

Fifty partnership for Colly 19* and Blackwell 28*. Durham 121-4.

3:02pm

keenasmustard

Rhodes if you want to see the Muppets visit the Members Lounge sometime.

stemc

Lead over 100..

marchy22

Colly just dropped in.the slips

Rhodes

I feel I have intruded on an episode off the Muppets with the two old guys in the theatre box. There's plenty time for good things to happen!

raydetmold

we only have a chance of making it interesting because Blackie is prepared to hit the ball and score some runs

Sir gareth

I only went to william hill and we were 2nd faves there I didn't check every bookmaker chris mate

keenasmustard

Yeah its a 4 day game not T20

stuartp

Don't care if Colly is scoring slowly, he's still there and batting himself into some form. If he is still there tonight we have a real chance of making this interessting.

marchy22

Colly going at a rate of knots not

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Durham 100

Durham reach 100...

2:42pm

Mark

Yes we were.

chrissafc

we were favs with some bookies

Durham 93-4

Durham 93-4 after 31 overs, Colly 2* and Blackwell 22*.

2:37pm

keenasmustard

Keep Calm and Carry On.

peter_brent

Ironically a poor'ish batting performance now gives Durham a better chance or winning rather than the game heading for a draw. We do need a good partnershop or two and then who knows.

stemc

Think we were favourites. We're not down yet as well, Lancs in the clarts, as are Worcs. Bit pessimistic to be thinking of relegation yet.

via SMS

Brandonia: Nah, bet365 had us as favourites. 4/1.

Thoughts from the press box!

Did you learn nothing from the first two days?! The sides have performed similarly in both innings and I reckon anything they can do today, we can do better tomorrow!

2:34pm

marchy22

We should just play the youngsters now give them experience. If we go down we go down

Sir gareth

We weren't favourites we were 2nd favourites warwickshire were faves

via SMS

o good to go down and look what happened there......

via SMS

Brandonia: We need to start picking some wins up. We were favourites for the Title before the season started but not now. Everyone said Hampshire were to

marchy22

So we need at least 200 more runs to set even just a moderate target

Latest

Durham 88-4 after 28.3 overs, Collingwood and Blackwell at the crease.

2:26pm

marchy22

No chance of us batting that long

myboyharry

You cant now see any other result but another Durham defeat, which is not only disappointing but worrying considering the talent at our disposal. I am surprised that the Durham hierarchy haven't done anything about it by now but I think that this is only a matter of time. If we don't start to win cricket matches we will go down. That's not being negative that's plainly fact.

Sir gareth

We just have to try and bat all day today and into tomorrow

marchy22

One of these will be out before we reach 100

Sir gareth

Yvette when wil the forum be working again please

via SMS

Brandonia: It's about time Collingwood earnt his coin. The same might be said about Blackie too.

raydetmold

at least Blackie will have a go and counter attack , boundary already

raydetmold

TAUNTON WEATHER Humidity, visibility and pressure Today A fine and dry day with plenty of sunny spells.YEP I BET ITS SWINGING ABOUT ALL OVER THE PLACE

marchy22

We couldn't polish off their tail so its hardly swinging much. Just the batsmen went into their shells and the pressure hasz told. Joke

Tom87

It will be all sun and no clouds for their 2nd innings knowing our luck.

stemc

Yep but if the ball is swinging all over the place, scoring might be harder than the last 2 days. Just need to be patient, 150+ might be defendable if it's swinging..

marchy22

Spot on ray. The batsmen negativity has started the all to familiar domino affect

raydetmold

only positive cricket will ever get positive results , i know its not a one day game , but this is what happens with negative cricket , the pressure builds up and the wickets start to fall

Tynevalleyblackcat

Not sure its time to throw in the towel already, but I do think the title is out of the question. We have shown no form at all so far this season, pretty much across the board.

marchy22

Well its an improvement on losing inside two days

peter_brent

mind you if he gets out.

via SMS

Brandonia: Blimey, this one might be over inside 3 days.

keenasmustard

Well, Division 2 it is next year.

chrissafc

this isnt good

Sir gareth

Come on durham the first two days we played good cricket dnt blow it now lads

Durham 69-4

Durham 69-4 - Smith is caught by Trego off Thomas for 22.

2:09pm

peter_brent

I think it's a bit rich blaming an opener for playing out a couple of overs. I'd settle for a Smith 100 off 200 balls. rather 20 and out of 20 balls.

stemc

Do you think he's not trying to score?

raydetmold

all Smith is doing by playing 12 dot balls in succesion is building up the pressure , pointless

Tom87

Why cant it all just be simple?

marchy22

Back to shambolic again. This season just gets worse

stemc

dissapointing to lose stokes so early. Need these 2 to knuckle down.

raydetmold

what chance have we got we all we see is dot ball after dot ball , get in the coach and drive home

Durham 69-3

Durham 69-3 after Stokes is caught by Barrow off Overton. Collingwood joins Smith (22*).

2:04pm

marchy22

Not going well. Somerset looking like they will have a straightforward run Chase

Update

Durham 69-2, Smith 22*, joined by Stokes.

2:00pm

chrissafc

marty is working for 5 live and radio newcastle. doing very well for himself

Response to raydetmold

Yes, that's right, 13. Sorry, we can't see a scoreboard with the batsmen's totals!

1:58pm

raydetmold

i think you meant he was out for 13 ?

stemc

Saying on the graundian that there's a bit of cloud cover and swing. Might need to grind it out this afternoon..

Wicket...

Durham 69-2 after 22.3 overs. Stoneman is caught by Hildreth off Overton for 30.

1:55pm

christoff

We need to keep the runs ticking over, i'm off for a meeting hope for good news when I return about 4

via SMS

rlier saying Mustard was keeping for Somerset,

via SMS

Brandonia: No Gareth I wasn't joking. I like Marty, his crack is excellent and it's nice to hear a friendly voice. He's no worse than the idiot on BBC ea

BrianT

Marty generally sits on his own for 7 hours a day to inform us about the cricket. His experience of the game is limited because, like most of he ain't played first classs cricket. Neither did Brian Johnson. Nick Knight did! Stop calling the lad. He now works weekends for Radio 4 and is destined for bigger things. Be careful what you wish for.

raydetmold

Smith needs 61 more runs for 5000 in first class cricket

Second Over

The second session begins - Durham resume on 59-1.

1:42pm

chrissafc

martyn emmerson is a good lad, doing very well for the bbc

Sir gareth

Sms r u joking marty is an awful commentator

Sir gareth

Just booked up for trent bridge for the one day game cnt wait

Mark

Yes, afternoon session will be the big one.

christoff

Another good session, still very much in the balance

Lunch

Lunch at Taunton, we're 59-1, Stoneman 9* and Smith 20*.

1:03pm

christoff

Cancel my last comment I did not realise we were so close to lunch

Latest

Durham 59-1, Smith 16* and Stoneman 9*.

12:57pm

via SMS

Brandonia: What you fancying for lunch Yvette?!

christoff

We are getting a bit bogged down here, could do with a couple of boundaries to lift the pressure

cookie

4 minutes to lunch and lets go to the GP practice, - bigger Wallys

raydetmold

15 dot balls , lets try and win the game , stay positive

Response to Brandonia

It's mayhem here over the lunch vouchers!

12:56pm

via SMS

Brandonia: Howells is withholding Wellock's meal token! Marty is a better commentator than all of these mugs!

cookie

these commentators are wallys they can't tell the difference between an average keeper and a good un

Keeper

It's definitely Kieswetter out there!

12:49pm

stemc

He can't be fielding for them? Where is their XIIth man..

keenasmustard

If he's playing for them, I hope he drops a few.

bobstersafc

why is mustard playing for somerset

parttimeanalyst

And again - Phil mustard goes across in front of slip!

parttimeanalyst

The commentator has twice said that Mustard is keeping for Somerset - that's asking a bit much isn't it?

SuperBenks

come on Stoney, we need a performance from you today

Durham 50

Fifty up for Durham!

12:39pm

via SMS

Brandonia: 25-1.

Tristan

smith & stoney are not the most fluent batsmen, id rather they dug and let the likes of stokes, blacky, mustard play the big shots when tthey come in

raydetmold

agree Tristan , me and my big mouth , hope we stay positive though

Tristan

i blame raymundo for that

Tristan

hmm. i was going to type " i'd rather we stuck in at 3 an over rather than blasted it" but didnt want to jinx us

Durham 36-1

Durham 36-1 after Diva is caught by Hildreth off Overton on 26.

12:22pm

Latest

Durham 35-0 after 8.4 overs, Diva 25* and Smith 10*.

12:20pm

raydetmold

35 off 8 , excellent start

Tristan

is harrison really on that much?

DCCCLiz

Think it was more like play the guys we're paying so much for!

Tristan

could be, he was a sub fielder at lords, one of them anyway

BrianT

Were we asked/instructed to leave Scott Borthwick out: Bet he's at Trent Bridge practicing.

Evens...

Scores are even...let the building of the lead begin!

12:02pm

Latest

Durham 12-0 after four overs...

12:01pm

Noz

Tristan - I meant that the quicks would take the wickets so we wouldn't need them to bowl

Tom87

DCCCLiz that was my crack as well, cant understand how Bortwick was getting starts at the riverside at the start of the season in seamer friendly conditions and he doesnt even get a sniff here.

raydetmold

are we trying to win as well or just try and save the game ?

Tristan

top form today mustard

Tristan

surely the bigger the total the more likely we are to see colly or smith, if its a low total we wont be risking the part timers

keenasmustard

Yeah it was on the booze last night

DCCCLiz

Just my opinion but I've heard the wicket is spinning.

Noz

Let's hope the batters give us something to bowl at and then we don't need to see the like of Colly and Smith bowling :)

Tristan

MArk: not convinced we will see smith bowling. Colly perhaps but not smith

Six!

Diva off the mark with a six!

11:49am

Bowling update

Jamie Overton takes the ball at the opposite end.

11:49am

Mark

If necessary Will Smith can bowl some spin

Update

Trego to bowl the first over - Will Smith is facing.

11:44am

christoff

Somerset only have 1 spinner.

Mark

Of course any talk about declarations is premature-first thing is to ensure there's no disastrous collapse!

DCCCLiz

The first game this season that they require 2 spinners and they drop Scott, bizzare!

Mark

If it comes down to it I'd do more than dangle a carrot-for me a chance will have to be taken and if we do it and lose I for one won't be critical.

Update

A minimum of 86 overs remain today as the Durham openers head out to the middle.

11:43am

Tristan

Commentary team: Not a pitch for pace or bounce. Poor old harmy.

stemc

If we can get a decent total, then scoreboard pressure is there. Say 280 lead by the end of the day, for 3/4, then a quick 15 over bash to make the game safe, but dangle the carrot to the Cidermen. Blacky did well yesterday, he might prove a match winner.

Sir gareth

Thnk we wil win by 42 runs trma at half 5

Tristan

Tynevalleyblackcat: would you be showing such confidence in our attack considering harrison is making his debut and harmison & plunkett are very slow to shake the rust off

Tristan

The declaration is an attacking decision, they obviously have a lot of confidence in there ability to bat last on this pitch, fair play to them. Hope they regret it come day four :)

Mark

Agreed Tristan. I still think we can finish in the top3.

Tynevalleyblackcat

I can see the sense in the declaration. Shows confidence in their bowlers and is a positive move. Perhaps we could learn something there?

Tristan

Ridgeley: Don't mistake a healthy debate about form for a lack of support

raydetmold

Declaration , crazy decision with 2 full days left , done us a huge favour , what if that last wicket had put on 40 or 50 , could of had us well under pressure

christoff

Declaration makes sense to me, to win they have to bowl us out and the sooner they start the better

via SMS

Ridgeley: are we just gona constantly whinge for the next 2 days like lads? Ffs support the boys! I'm going for a dccc win by 30 runs!

Tristan

always thought it was odd you get full bowling points for 9. maximum bowling points whether you rip a side out for under 100 or for 400-9

Tristan

3

chrissafc

3

christoff

3 Marchy

Mark

Declaration?! Didn't see that coming.

marchy22

Is that 2 or 3 bowling points

Mark

Without meaning to sound defeatist the ridiculous CB40 format means you're effectively out of the competition if you lose a couple of games so there may be some 'dead' games coming up where we can experiment with the team. Just to clarify-I do not expect we are going to lose, especially not against Scotland!

chrissafc

interesting

Somerset 400

Full batting points for Somerset as they reach 400 and declare.

11:35am

Tynevalleyblackcat

Declaration!!

Tristan

problem is we have too many nearly good enough players and not enough match winners.jennings, richardson, wood deserve a game, as does borthwick, claydon, brathwaite, plunkett, where does that leave all the others? we have about 15-20 players in need of a decent spell of games to find form

Mark

Good one!

Tristan

Doesnt being South African entitle you to play for England these days?

Mark

What's Jennings' status? I assume he must be England qualified if he's playing in the Academy but he was the SA U19 captain.

Tristan

It's impressive IF we've restricted them to a score around ours [still one wicke to take mind] but as ever the edge is taken off it as its dissapointing given the score we coudl have got them out for but for some poor bowling from plunkett & harmy

dalesgirl

I'd give Michael Richardson a go in the first team at some point. He's in form with the bat.

chrissafc

jennings, wood and richardson - play them on sunday

Mark

Didn't Jennings also take 4 wickets in the one day game where he also scored a century?

Tristan

207* at nearly a run a ball, massively impressive knock from the young saffa. wood should get a run out anarl

Mark

Yes I remember that season when Plunkett averaged over 40. He just looks like a proper batsman to me.

raydetmold

i think Plunkett is a better batsman than he gets credit for

Sir gareth

Dalesgirl I would play young keaton jennings ths sunday if gareth is unfit

Mark

Always difficult to know how good/bad a score is without being there but-according to the newspaper reports-both sides have been guilty of careless batting and some loose bowling. We should have got close to if not beyond 500 and it's slightly disappointing Somerset have recovered from being 6 down for just obver 200.

stemc

Plunkett is still young enough to come good, I think he should be a shoe in for the 40 overs, 20/20. But we can only afford one bowler who's expensive at the moment and I think harmy has to be given the chance as he's not going to do owt for the one dayers and well we're paying him enough!

Tristan

Mark: was it the year before last [maybe the one before that] he average 44 in the cc, then followed it up average 10 or 11. he showed all rounder promise for one season but cant see him batting as high as 6 or 7 ever

chrissafc

stop them from getting 400 and give it a good go today with the bat

chrissafc

will smith even said its a par 450 wicket. durham deserve a bit of credit in my opinion as somerset are lethal with the bat

Tristan

@stemc: yes plunkett is leaking runs. you said pick harmison instead, they are both leaking runs!!

Mark

Yes Tristan that's the other way of looking at it. If it came down to a choice between Harmy & Liam for the next CC match I'd stick with Harmy and keep Liam in for the one dayers. Plunkett is a very good batsman, I sometimes think he might even be capable of playing as a number 6/7.

stemc

although not that many more than harmy i guess..

Sir gareth

I agree with u chris this is usually a 500 plus wicket mate

Tristan

its not a massive total, imagine if we had onions & davies playing instead of harmy & puds. seen davies bowled 14 overs for 23 runs for kent yesterday. cracking time for him down in kent

Tom87

Morning all,good stuff from Harrison like, aye ya probs right Chris its not a bad effort really.

stemc

But he's leaking too many runs.

Tristan

stemc: plunkett has bowled a few decent games in the pro40 this year, plus he is a fairly decent bat

chrissafc

just me who thinks we have done well to get them restricted to this score?

Tristan

morning marchy

stemc

I think out of the two, persist with Harmy. If he clicks, I still think he's got a decent haul or two in him.

Tristan

Mark: Or how little faith he has in harmy & puds

Mark

Harrison definitely should stay-very promising start and also with an ageing team we need to give a youngster a proper run in the side. Opening the bowling in his first match shows how much faith Mustard has in him.

marchy22

Why not. This is a good effort on a batting paradise

christoff

Good stuff Harra now get your Michelle!!!

Tristan

morning raymondo

raydetmold

Good morning everybody from a glorious sunny Germany , vital wicket that one.

Tristan

unless plunkett & harmison get back some form, if harrison hadn't had an impressive debut we would be looking at a declaration here

stemc

good work, he's staying in the team then..

Tristan

surely harrison cannot be dropped now, but we cant stick with this attack

Harrison strikes!

Somerset nine down! Harrison bowls Trego on 89. Somerset 389-9.

11:22am

Tynevalleyblackcat

Just one more quickly and the lead will be negligible.

Tynevalleyblackcat

Well done again Harrison.

christoff

bowling change please, these two are not working

Tristan

hurrah

dalesgirl

I'd pick Claydon. He's not had a bad start to the season

Update

Somerset just extend a lead...by 5 runs.

11:21am

Mark

Wouldn't it be to unfair to drop them both after just one game? Harmy usually takes time to get into form and Plunket thas done very well in the one day games-bowled accurately. It would be a huge risk and unfair on Callum but I agree with Sir Gareth.

dalesgirl

If Gareth isn't fit who will replace him ?

christoff

No body has mentioned Claydon, he is our second leading wicket taker just behind Onions

Sir gareth

Mark thnk they would leave thorp ov mate

Tristan

*their

Tristan

Mark: i would keep harrison, and bring in onions and either borthwick or brathwaite, droppping both hamry & pudsy, unless they buck there ideas up

Sir gareth

He has had over a hundred games he just aint a top class player

Ed Syers

On the bright side, it looks like a good batting wicket. No reason why we can't get 400.

Tristan

boom boom

dalesgirl

I'd give Gordon a decent run in the side and not drop him after one game.

Mark

Another puzzler will be who to leave out if Onions is available for the next match. Harmison & Plunkett can't be judged too harshly after one game back on a flat pitch and Harrison deserves to keep his place so who do we leave out?

keenasmustard

Is it true that bowlers at Durham CCC are not allowed to keep dogs or cats because they are no good with anything with a tail?

Tristan

If i was Brathwaite i would be wondering what exactly i have to do to get in the side

Latest

Somerset 382-8...appeal from Harrison turned down by the umpire.

11:15am

stemc

leaking a few boundaries, we got no fielders on the ropes??

Sir gareth

I thnk stokes will end up at 3 nxt year with rocky at 4 and dale at 5

Tristan

The gamble of picking Harrison, Harmison & PLunkett is really not paying off. Massive massive risk

via SMS

Brandonia: Batting to save the draw now. Dreadful start.

Tristan

agreed, that will come with practise and batting 3 should give him more of that, with the added responsibility of having to stick around

Mark

Tristan-He is good enough to bat 3 but will maybe need to tighten up his defence a bit. That's not a criticism, he's still young and learning but he does often get out to careless shots.

dalesgirl

If Gordon had been in the team he'd be the one dropped. He always is.

via SMS

Brandonia: Awful start.

Tristan

Mark: i think stokes is being groomed for the number 3, iirc he was used there a few times last year

Tristan

I agree, benks may be kept back for use in one day matches, doubt we will play him in every format, and as he is captaining the one day side..

Mark

Probably depends on how thing go in the next few games-don't think Benks will play in the 2 matches before t20. Probably Stoneman but Colly & Blackie both need runs and Rocky is probably the most suited to bat at 3 so that;s in his favour

Tristan

hard to say when everyone is out of form

BrianT

Tristan: You mean he's a Barbie doll? And Sir G: Benk's figures ain't been so great that he can expect to walk back into team.

Tristan

stokes at 3, colly at 4, benks at 5

Tristan

stoneman imo, rightly or wrongly

Sir gareth

Question for lmcers who do people thnk wil get lft out when benks is fit to play again id say colly people wil probably disagree with me again

Bowling update

Jamie Harrison and Callum Thorp open the attack. Somerset 366-8.

11:06am

Mark

Getting confused-I meant George Dockrell is no mug with the bat not Gregory who isn't playing!

Mark

I'll be there on Sunday, hope the weather stays fine.

Tristan

@Sir Gareth: thought as much, i know he has played in the IPL so was a bit confused by that

New Ball

The new ball is taken immediately...

11:00am

Tynevalleyblackcat

New Ball taken

Sunday - advance notice

Sunday's LMC/Twitter for the game against Scotland will be covered by my colleagues Andy and Sam so please be kind and quite possibly patient!

11:00am

Tristan

@BrianT: Knight reminds me more of a football than cricket pundit, everything he says is run of the mill, plodding 'one game at a time' 'playing each ball on its merits' 'length and line' cliches he has no ability to actually say intereseting things

Mark

Question is who will open the bowling? Harrison & Thorp?

Sir gareth

Tristan cricinfo is wrong he has played over 50 ipl games against top players

Mark

Trego is a destructive batsman and Gregory is no mug with the bat either. Overton's cameo yesterday probably shouldn't have been a surprise-he came in before Alfonso Thomas and Alf has made 2 FC hundreds and about 10 50's. So it's not as if we were bowling to genuine tail enders

Day three begins!

The bell rings to signal the start of day three...Somerset resume on 357-8.

10:58am

Tristan

thank you yvette

Response to Tristan

There isn't but if you email your request to marcoms@durhamccc.co.uk we will sort you out!

10:57am

Mark

That's definitely the priority Christoff!

christoff

First things first 2 wickets for 10 runs please

Tristan

Zaheer Khan is a great player. Cricinfo shows he has only played 12 t20 games in his career, with less than impressive figures though :/

dalesgirl

Feel free to say hello christoff

Mark

I see this game slightly differently to some-we've had an awful start(and I've consistently said I do not blame the batsmen for struggling in awful conditions) but we still need to look towards the top of the table. If we draw or lose this it might be time to get worried but a top 3 finish should still be our goal. If Warwickshire happen to slip up(unlikely) who knows what could happen?

BrianT

Tristan: can't remember but there were no nice bits in it. Not a bad cricketer but not England class. I could listen to David Lloyd all day long.

Noz

I'll be there on Sunday:) I'd give us slightly more than 80 overs, assuming we can bat that long. I'd like 2 goes with a new cherry

christoff

might pop over that way for a bit dalesgirl will keep a look out for you

Sir gareth

Il be in my usual spot on sunday and I would try get zaheer khan for t20 a very good experienced left arm seamer

dalesgirl

Me to christoff but I'll be in the members stand snapping away with my camera - pain in shoulder permitting

Tristan

@Ed: chucked it you meant?

Ed Syers

We should have thrown the kitchen sink at Malinga

christoff

Don't know who is available but would like to see an experienced bowler

Sir gareth

Nt yet christoff they are considering al the options then going to think bot signing a replacement u got any names we could go after m8

Tristan

Yvette: I know this is a bit of a sore topic but is it possibly to order the Yearbook online anywhere?

christoff

I am there on Sunday will be in the county durham stand catching some rays (hopefully)

christoff

Has there been any announcement wether we are replacing Mitchell Johnson for the T20??

Sir gareth

Id get 360 ahead if possible u there on sunday lmcers

christoff

80 overs sounds about right to me sir garath, if we had a lead of 400 that would be 5 an over which I'm sure we could defend, Its just wether we can get a lead of 400, fingers crossed

Tristan

@BrianT: any chance the gist of it was 'Nick Knight is a dullard' ?

Ed Syers

Unless the pitch tears up, tomorrow is likely to favour the batters. We'll need a hefty total and make absolutely sure we can't lose.

BrianT

Have just written a long piece about Nick Knight and was then advised my login was not recognised. Not going to retype it so that's your loss!

Sir gareth

Christoff would u agree with my 80 overs left or not

christoff

Agreed that the batting them out of the game discussion is probably irrelevant, I just think we need every single point we can get (we are still bottom after all)and first task is make sure we don't lose and then see if we can win from there

Sir gareth

Na they covering the daft test match tristan

Sir gareth

Id bat sensibily til tea then attack til there is 80 overs left to try bowl them out tmra cnt leave them too many overs incase harmy or pudsey are too expensive

Tristan

I'm guessing 5live will not be playing day 4 of our match tomorrow. :(

Mark

I just think we desperately need to win and if that means risking defeat I'd go for it. I wouldn't be too bothered about dropping 3 points if we get beat. Trying to bat them out of the game would imo take up too much time. However, the chances are we will get bowled out in any case!

Tristan

alreet keano

dalesgirl

Morning all. Back from dog walking and looking forward to a good days cricket

Tristan

Would be nice to have the opportunity to bat them out of the game, we've still only posted one decent total this year, let's just wait and see!

christoff

@Mark, don't quite agree I would bat them out the game (if we can) and then bowl at them with nothing to lose attacking fields etc and them with nothing to play for but 3 points

Tristan

Harmison and PLunkett really need to grab this opportunity they've been given with both hands

bryn

Mornin peeps,have a good one

Tristan

I'm sure things would be looking much rosier if onions wasnt away on drinks duty again.

Mark

confident not cinfident lol

Mark

Morning. Crunch time today, need the last 2 wkts quickly and then get a lead of at least 300 asap. Somerset probably cinfident of chasing anything around 350 in last innings but this is a must win game for us so we'll have to take a chance. Better to have a go and lose rather than bat too long and settle for 3 draw points.

Tristan

Poor old KP getting fined for the nick knight tweet. For what it's worth he is dead right and everyone knows it, knight is the most banal commentator out there.

Tristan

morning noz

Noz

Morning Yvette! Morning lmcers :)

Tristan

*sound of gears grinding*

keenasmustard

Glad there's no fog on the Tyne today.

Tristan

Do you prefer your smoke on or off the water?

christoff

Morning all. Very evenly poised match this one. Big day ahead - Howay the lads!!

via SMS

Brandonia: Nice. I prefer a bit Purple Haze to Red Mist if I may say so.

Response to Brandonia

It's a bit erm...hazy, thin kit will burn off but no sun at the minute.

10:04am

via SMS

Brandonia: Is the sun still out Yvette? Hopefully we can shift the tail sharpish and get on with setting a target!

Tristan

Morning Yvette, Ed

Tristan

First post of the day!Gerrin. Good luck to the lads today, lets rip them out quickly and get a big lead on the board, chance for Harrison to get a 5-fer, or some redeeming wickets for pudsey or gbh. Bugger, missed the first post of the day thanks to all my waffling..

Ed Syers

Set to be another hot day in Durham City. Hopefully this match doesn't ruin my revision plans.

Latest

The temperature has dropped here at Taunton today - but all set to start on time!

9:34am

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