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30th July 2009

Durham CCC v Sussex CCC As it happens

Luke Wright’s century was from 103 balls and included 16 fours and two sixes.  Stephen Harmison picked off the last two wickets with consecutive balls, bowling Collymore for 10 and Lewry for 0.  Sussex were all out for 304 and Durham require 77 to win.

At lunch Durham were 10-0 after three overs.  Mark Soneman (18) was caught by Yardy in Rayner’s sixth over leaving Durham 49-1, requiring 28 runs to win.  

Durham required just 18.3 overs to reach their target, securing their sixth LV= County Championship match of the season.  Durham were deducted one point for slow over rate so add 20 points to their total.

 

Play started on time at sunny Riverside this morning with Stephen Harmison starting the day’s proceedings from the Finchale End and Callum Thorp bowling from the Lumley End.

Michael Di Venuto had stressed how important this first session was to the side in his post match interview yesterday and by the third over Durham had claimed their first wicket of the day, when Thorp bowled Murray Goodwin for 3, leaving Sussex 131-2.

Thorp struck again bowling Hopkinson for 14 and the returning Ed Joyce, who had retired hurt yesterday, added four to his total before he was caught by Mustard off the bowling of Mark Davies for 36.

Luke Wright returned to the pavilion without scoring after he was caught by Mark Stoneman, giving Thorp his third wicket of the session. 

Sussex were 181-6 after Hodd (4) was caught at point by Will Smith off Liam Plunkett’s second ball of the day. The opposition pass the 200 mark but Plunkett picks up another wicket in his fourth over of the morning when Yasir Arafat is caught at slip by Di Venuto for 10.

Yardy is run out on 97 courtesy of a direct hit from Dale Benkenstein in the last over before lunch leaving Sussex 205-8 at the break.

Callum Thorp picks up his fifth wicket (5-82 off 24.4 overs) when Corey Collymore is caught at slip by Muchall on 11.  Sussex were all out for 245 after Muchall picked up his second catch, this time off Harmison, sending Rayner back to the dressing room having contributed 24.

The follow on was enforced with Yardy and Nash opening for Sussex, and Mark Davies opening the bowling at the Lumley End and Stephen Harmison taking the ball at the Finchale End.

Plunkett takes over at the Finchale End, bringing Harmison’s four over spell to an end.  Davies goes on to claim the first wicket of the second innings after Yardy is caught at slip by Muchall for 10 off the first ball of the eighth over.

Ian Blackwell comes on to bowl the 18th over from the Finchale End and bowld Ed Joyce (14) with his fourth ball, leaving Sussex 71-2.

At tea the visitors were 80-2.

Nash brought up his fifty, which included 11 fours, in the third over after tea having faced 68 balls.  Mustard and Thorp combined twice in consecutive overs to send Nash (55) and Goodwin (13) back to the pavilion with Sussex having lost four wickets for 104 runs.

Sussex were 115-5 after Hopkinson (7) was trapped lbw off Davies’ first over as he returned at the Lumley End in the 35th over.  Wright and Hodd reached their fifty partnership, off 68 balls, in the 46th over with Wright contributing 34 and Hodd 9.  Wright’s fifty was from 58 balls and included 11 fours, at which point Sussex were 181-5.

At the close of play Sussex were 208-5, just 20 behind Durham’s first innings total.  The day belonged to Thorp who picked up seven wickets in total, “The day went quite well for me.  I think I’ve been bowling OK without getting a lot of wickets in the bag so today was pretty pleasing.  We bowled well in the morning but we may end up having to chase a few tomorrow.  I’d rather be in our position than theirs at the present moment”, he said.

Durham CCC v sussex ccc day two

Following a delayed start due to rain, play finally got underway at 12.20pm, with Michael Di Venuto and Gordon Muchall heading out to the crease.

Durham were 280-3 after Muchall was caught behind by Hodd off the bowling of Yasir Arafat for 14, a few overs prior to the lunch break.

At lunch Durham were 295-3.

Di Venuto reached 150 off 262 balls, hitting 22 fours. Despite some big hitting from Di Venuto and Benkenstein, Durham were 20 short of picking up their fifth batting point with the score 380-3 at the end of the 120th over.

The pair reached their hundred partnership from 121 balls, including 10 fours and two sixes, Di Venuto (194*) having contributed 50 and Benkenstein 38 runs.

Di Venuto’s double century, from 310 balls including a mammoth 27 fours and a six, was brought up in the 123 over and he went on pass his previous personal best for Durham, which was 204* against Kent at Riverside in 2007.

The batsmen continued to look untroubled by the Sussex attack as Benkenstein reached fifty from 87 balls, including six fours and a six.

Durham were 453-4 after Benkenstein was caught by Joyce off the bowling of Nash for 68.  Di Venuto went on to pass the 250 mark, hitting 34 fours and a six from 366 balls.  Bad light meant that tea was taken early, during which Durham declared on 473-4, with Di Venuto unbeaten on 254, having beaten his previous career best of 230 (Derby v Northants, 2002) and Blackwell 2*.

Stephen Harmison, from the Finchale End, and Mark Davies, from the Lumley End, opened the Durham attack, with Yardy and Nash the opening partnership.

Callum Thorp came on at the Lumley End to bowl the 10th over and had Nash (19) trapped lbw with his sixth delivery, leaving Sussex 38-1.  Liam Plunkett came on at the Finchale End for a seven over spell from the 15th over.

Ed Joyce retired hurt on 32 after beign struck by a Harmison delivery in the 28th over bringing Murray Goodwin to the crease.

At the close of play Sussex were 119-1 (Yardy 54* and Goodwin 2*).

Durham CCC v sussex ccc day one

Durham won the toss and elected to bat first against Sussex.  Both sides lined up on the outfield for a period of silence prior to the start of play following the sad announcement of Sir Bobby Robson’s death. 

Durham – Di Venuto, Stoneman, Smith*, Muchall, Benkenstein, Blackwell, Mustard+, Plunkett, Thorp, Harmison S, Davies.

Sussex – Yardy*, Nash, Joyce, Goodwin, Hopkinson, Wright, Hodd, Yasir Arafat, Rayner, Collymore, Lewry.

Lewry opened the bowling from the Finchale End and Yasir Arafat took the ball from the Lumley End and picked up a wicket in his fourth over after Mark Stoneman was caught by Yardy for 5, leaving Durham 16-1.

Michael Di Venuto’s fifty came from 61 balls and included nine fours.  At lunch Durham were 86-1.  Smith (72*) and Di Venuto (95*) batted through the second session pushing the Durham total to 180-1 at tea, having put on a partnership of 164. 

In the second over after the tea interval Di Venuto reached his century, which included fifteen fours, having faced 149 balls.  Captain Will Smith passed the hundred mark, for the first time as captain, with nine overs remaining on day one, having faced 291 balls and hitting 12 fours.  Their record partnership, for the 2009 season, of 231 came to an end when Smith was bowled by Collymore for 101. 

Bad light stopped play with three overs remaining and the sides didn’t return to the field.  Durham finished day one on 264-2 (Di Venuto 141* and Muchall 1*).

Durham CCC team news

Durham County Cricket Club resume their four day campaign with a match against Sussex at Riverside this week (31 July – 3 August).

Durham CCC is 24 points clear at the top of the table with Sussex currently in sixth place on 82 points and with a game in hand.  Head Coach Geoff Cook has named a thirteen man squad for the match, including Ian Blackwell, who requires 19 more runs to pass the 7000 run mark in the LV= County Championship. 

Durham CCC twelve man squad v Sussex CCC (31 July- 3 August)

Michael Di Venuto (23)
Mark Stoneman (26)
Will Smith (2) Captain
Gordon Muchall (24)
Dale Benkenstein (44)
Ian Blackwell (37)
Phil Mustard (19) Wicket keeper
Liam Plunkett (20)
Gareth Breese (70)
Callum Thorp (36)
Mark Davies (4)
Stephen Harmison (10)
Mitchell Claydon (25)

 

Durham CCC v sussex ccc day three

Play started on time at sunny Riverside this morning with Stephen Harmison starting the day’s proceedings from the Finchale End and Callum Thorp bowling from the Lumley End.

Michael Di Venuto had stressed how important this first session was to the side in his post match interview yesterday and by the third over Durham had claimed their first wicket of the day, when Thorp bowled Murray Goodwin for 3, leaving Sussex 131-2.

Thorp struck again bowling Hopkinson for 14 and the returning Ed Joyce, who had retired hurt yesterday, added four to his total before he was caught by Mustard off the bowling of Mark Davies for 36.

Luke Wright returned to the pavilion without scoring after he was caught by Mark Stoneman, giving Thorp his third wicket of the session. 

Sussex were 181-6 after Hodd (4) was caught at point by Will Smith off Liam Plunkett’s second ball of the day. The opposition pass the 200 mark but Plunkett picks up another wicket in his fourth over of the morning when Yasir Arafat is caught at slip by Di Venuto for 10.

Yardy is run out on 97 courtesy of a direct hit from Dale Benkenstein in the last over before lunch leaving Sussex 205-8 at the break.

Callum Thorp picks up his fifth wicket (5-82 off 24.4 overs) when Corey Collymore is caught at slip by Muchall on 11.  Sussex were all out for 245 after Muchall picked up his second catch, this time off Harmison, sending Rayner back to the dressing room having contributed 24.

The follow on was enforced with Yardy and Nash opening for Sussex, and Mark Davies opening the bowling at the Lumley End and Stephen Harmison taking the ball at the Finchale End.

Plunkett takes over at the Finchale End, bringing Harmison’s four over spell to an end.  Davies goes on to claim the first wicket of the second innings after Yardy is caught at slip by Muchall for 10 off the first ball of the eighth over.

Ian Blackwell comes on to bowl the 18th over from the Finchale End and bowld Ed Joyce (14) with his fourth ball, leaving Sussex 71-2.

At tea the visitors were 80-2.

Nash brought up his fifty, which included 11 fours, in the third over after tea having faced 68 balls.  Mustard and Thorp combined twice in consecutive overs to send Nash (55) and Goodwin (13) back to the pavilion with Sussex having lost four wickets for 104 runs.

Sussex were 115-5 after Hopkinson (7) was trapped lbw off Davies’ first over as he returned at the Lumley End in the 35th over.  Wright and Hodd reached their fifty partnership, off 68 balls, in the 46th over with Wright contributing 34 and Hodd 9.  Wright’s fifty was from 58 balls and included 11 fours, at which point Sussex were 181-5.

At the close of play Sussex were 208-5, just 20 behind Durham’s first innings total.  The day belonged to Thorp who picked up seven wickets in total, “The day went quite well for me.  I think I’ve been bowling OK without getting a lot of wickets in the bag so today was pretty pleasing.  We bowled well in the morning but we may end up having to chase a few tomorrow.  I’d rather be in our position than theirs at the present moment”, he said.