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9th July 2009

Durham CCC v Yorkshire CCC – Latest News

Play started on time this morning with Durham resuming on 288-7, Phil Mustard (29*) facing the opening over from Hoggard, bowling from the Kirkstall Lane End. Rashid took the honours at the Rugby End.  There was a bowling change in the 120th over with Naved coming on at the Kirkstall Lane End and Tim Bresnan making his first appearance of the morning in the 123rd over.

Mustard and Plunkett contributed 23 and 22 runs respectively to their fifty partnership (off 112 balls).  Colonel’s fifty came up a couple of overs later, having faced 102 balls and included seven fours.

The Durham batsmen persevered against the Yorkshire attack and were 371-7 when they passed their hundred partnership off 214 balls.

At lunch Durham were 395-7 with a lead of 260 (Plunkett 49* and Mustard 78*)  

Plunkett and Mustard resumed after lunch and recorded a landmark eighth wicket partnership (146) for Durham beating their own record, which was set against the same opposition at the same ground last season.  Plunkett’s fifty was achieved from 152 balls aand included four fours. Mustard was caught and bowled by Bresnan shortly after on 85. 

Durham declared on 421-9, with a lead of 286, after Liam Plunkett was caught by Hoggard off Naved for 65.

With 55 overs remaining in the day, Stephen Harmison bowls to Rudolph from the Kirkstall Lane End to start the innings and Claydon taking the ball at the other end.

The crowd at Headingley applaud as it it announced over the PA system that Stephen Harmison has been included in the 14 man squad for the second npower Test Match against Australia – which is a nice touch.  Geoff Miller is at the ground for media interviews and James Whitaker, who has been at Headingley for the duration of the match, is also here.

Bowling changes in the 8th and 13th over sees Blackwell come on at the Rugby End and Plunkett at the Kirkstall Lane End.

Plunkett struck in his second over leaving Yorkshire 47-1 after Sayers was caught at square leg by Mark Stoneman for 14 and also had a hand in the third wicket when he caught Rudolph at gully off the bowling of Ian Blackwell for 39.

At tea Yorkshire were 63-3, trailing by 224.

Blackwell claimed his second wicket of the innings after Lyth was caught at short leg by Gordon Muchall for 2, leaving Yorkshire 69-4.

Bad light draws in at 5.30pm and the two captains shake hands resulting in a draw.

Durham go into day three with nine wickets remaining and a 109 runs behind Yorkshire’s first innings score.  It’s quite overcast at Headingley but play will start on time despite heavy overnight rain.  Showers are forecast today but expected times of downpours vary subject to who you speak to!

Michael Di Venuto hits Hoggard for 4 off the opening delivery.  Hoggard had Mark Davies caught behind for 6 in the third over of the day, bringing Kyle Coetzer to the crease.

Coetzer (19) and Di Venuto’s (27) fifty partnership came off 91 deliveries and Di Venuto then reached his half century having faced 139 balls, including five fours.

At lunch Durham are 125-2, trailing by 10 runs.

The pair reached a partnership of 103 after 200 balls, with Coetzer contributing 38 and Di Venuto 73, giving Durham a lead of 7.

Matthew Hoggard came on at the Kirkstall Lane End to bowl the 54th over and bowled Kyle Coetzer (38) with the second ball, with Durham now 148-3.

Two wickets fell in nine balls after Bresnan, who came on at the Rugby End for the 55th over, bowled Michael Di Venuto for 84. 

Hoggard claimed his third victim of the match when he trapped Gordon Muchall lbw for 15.

At tea Durham are 204-5 (Benkenstein 14* and Blackwell 17*) with a lead of 69.

The new ball is taken after 80 overs with Shahzad bowling from the Rugby End.  Durham’s second fifty partnership in this innings was reached in 132 balls, with Benkenstein contributing 21 and Blackwell 31.

Durham were 231-6 after Blackwell (32) was caught by Bairstow giving Shahzad his first wicket of the match.  Hoggard replaces Bresnan at the Kirkstall Lane End for the 92nd over and Rashid was brought on at the Rugby End the following over.

Durham had a lead of 133 when Dale Benkenstein was trapped lbw off Rashid for 36 with six overs remaining.  Plunkett was bowled by Naved on the 104th over, but a no ball was signalled – the Yorkshire were not pleased!  A lead of 150 was reached in the 107th over with two left to play before the close.

At the close of play Durham were 288-7 with a lead of 153 – Mustard 29* and Plunkett 6*.

The warm up takes place in the sun again this morning.  Mitchell Claydon opens the bowling at the Rugby End and Stephen Harmison takes the ball at the Kirkstall Lane, picking up the wicket of McGrath (19), who edged the ball to Kyle Coetzer at third slip, with his fifth delivery.

Yorkshire were 74-3 after Sayers is caught at short leg by Mark Stoneman off Harmison for 37.  Harmy strikes again when Lyth is caught by Mustard for 4 the following over, giving him figures of 3-4 so far in his opening spell.

Liam Plunkett and Mark Davies came on at the Rugby and Kirkstall Lane Ends within an over of each other, with Davies following Harmison’s lead and taking a wicket with the fifth ball of his first over. Bairstow knocked a half volley to Liam Plunkett at gully and was dismissed for 8.

At lunch Yorkshire were 127-5, training Durham’s first innings score by 51.  

Gale and Bresnan’s 50 partnership was brought up in Yorkshire’s 59th over from 117 balls, Gale contributing 13 and Bresnan 35, who added a further run to his score before becoming Harmison’s fourth victim when he was caught at third slip by Coetzer, leaving Yorkshire 148-6.

Gale (37) and Rashid (32) put on fifty in 74 balls, passing the 200 mark, before the latter was trapped lbw by Blackwell.  Yorkshire lead by 20 runs with the hosts picking up four bonus points so far compared to Durham’s two.

Stephen Harmison picked up his fifth wicket of the innings (5-50) with his first delivery using the first ball, after it was taken in the 81st over.  Rana Naved was caught at mid wicket by Stoneman for 22.

Andrew Gale brought up his fifty with a boundary having faced 167 balls, including four four’s.  At tea Yorkshire were 252-8. 

Gale and Shahzad put on the third successive fifty partnership, this time in 103 balls.  Gale was bowled by Blackwell on 84 and the spinner sent the last man, Matthew Hoggard, back to the pavilion without scoring.  Yorkshire finished with 313 on the board, 135 ahead of Durham’s first innings total.

Bowling figures: Harmison 25-6-60-5, Claydon 21-4-76-1, Plunkett 19-4-68-0, Davies 13-6-33-1, Blackwell 26-4-66-3.

Mark Stoneman was bowled by Rashid for 12 bringing in Mark Davies as nightwatchman after 11 overs.  At the close of play Durham were 26-1 trailing by 109 runs.

In the absence of Will Smith, Dale Benkenstein heads to the middle to do the toss, which he wins and elects to bat first.  

Durham – Di Venuto, Stoneman, Coetzer, Muchall, Benkenstein*, Blackwell, Mustard+, Plunkett, Claydon, Davies, Harmison.

Yorkshire – Rudolph, Sayers, McGrath*, Lyth, Gale, Bairstow+, Bresnan, Rashid, Naved-ul-Hasan,, Shahzad, Hoggard, Wainwright.

Matthew Hoggard opens the bowling at the Kirkstall End, Michael Di Venuto is facing. Tim Bresnan bowls from the Rugby End, with Mark Stoneman making his comeback from a thigh strain.  A push through the covers for two got Durham off the mark.

Shahzad came on at the rugby end to bowl the 12th over and the following over Rana Naved came on at the opposite end.  

Durham were 47-1 in the 17th over after Mark Stoneman (22) was run out by McGrath as he attempted a quick single.  Durham passed the 50 mark in the 19th over, with Di Venuto on 21 and Coezter, who was yet to score.  Coezter (0) became Shahzad’s first victim after he was caught by Bairstow.

Shahzad struck on the second ball of his next over, trapping Gordon Muchall (0) lbw, leaving Durham 55-3 and giving Yorkshire their first bonus point.

Rashid came on at the Rugby End in the 24th over and went on to bowl Michael DI Venuto (29) an over later – Durham 62-4.

At lunch Durham are 73-4 (Benkenstein 3* and Blackwell 6*).

Rashid struck within fifteen minutes after the lunch break, bowling Blackwell for 12.  Durham were 101-6 after Phil Mustard was caught by Rudolph off Naved for 7, and with that wicket, Yorkshire claimed their second bonus point.

Liam Plunkett was given out lbw for 3 off the bowling of Shahzad in the 50th over – Durham 128-7.

Dale Benkenstein reached his fifty in the 55th over off 101 balls including four four’s.

At tea Durham were 171-7 (Benkenstein 55* and Claydon 20*)  Claydon was out shortly after tea without adding to that score, caught by Bairstow and becoming Hoggard’s first scalp of the match.

The visitors posted a first innings total of 178 after stand in captain Dale Benkenstein was caugth behind off Hoggard for 62.

Jacques Rudolph and Joe Sayers take to the crease with 23 overs to play before the close of play.  Stephen Harmison opens the bowling from the Rugby End and Mitchell Claydon takes the ball at the Kirkstall Lane End.

It’s Claydon who strikes first when Rudolph is caught behind in his second over for 5 – Yorkshire 9-1.  Yorkshire passed the fifty mark in the 15th over.

Mark Davies came on at the Rugby End in the 16th over.

At the close of play Yorkshire were 64-1.

It’s a beautiful day at Headingley as the team arrive for their pre match warm up.  Durham go into this match at the top of the table on 111 points and Yorkshire, having drawn five matches and lost two so far this season, have 62 points.

The 10 year record between the two sides is played 16, Durham won six, lost five and have drawn six, including their last meeting which was at Riverside in April.  In that match Blackwell and Mustard both posted scores in the nineties and Graham Onions took a five-fer.

A score of 34 or more would push Phil Mustard past the 3000 run mark in the Championship. 

Work is going on at Headingley to build a new media centre and dressing room, opposite their current location (see pic below).  

Yorkshire media center

Durham CCC Squad v Yorkshire (10-13 July)

Yorkshire CCC v Durham CCC
LV= County Championship, Headingley Carnegie
Fri 10 – Mon 13 July

Durham travel to Headingley to face Yorkshire for the first of two successive away games in the LV= County Championship.

Geoff Cook has named a thirteen man squad for this fixture which will see Dale Benkenstein captain due to Will Smith’s absence for family reasons. 

Mark Stoneman is also included, returning from thigh strain which he picked up when Durham played Warwickshire at Edgbaston. 

Graham Onions is unavailable due to international commitments.

Michael Di Venuto (23)
Mark Stoneman (26)
Gordon Muchall (24)
Kyle Coetzer (30)
Dale Benkenstein (44) Captain
Ian Blackwell (37)
Phil Mustard (19) Wicket Keeper
Liam Plunkett (20)
Mitchell Claydon (25)
Mark Davies (4)
Stephen Harmison (10)
Callum Thorp (36)
Gareth Breese (70)