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14th August 2009

Smith: It was a hard fought draw

“I think at the start of today we were quite hopeful of forcing a result.  We certainly had enough runs and we thought we had enough overs but the pitch just seemed to deaden out during that second session”.

“Chilton and Du Plessis [who put on a partnership of over 100] batted well but there wasn’t as much there as we thought.  In the end, to come here and play a spirited, fighting, Lancashire side on a wicket they produced very much for their benefit, which they are entitled to do, and get a hard fought draw out of it was a very positive thing.  A lot of teams would come here and be faced with a similar challenge and not do as well as we have”, said Smith.

This result puts Durham 31 points clear of their nearest rivals at the top of the LV= County Championship division one table and with the arrival of overseas player Shivnarine Chanderpaul in time for the next match the side will be looking to return to their winning ways.

“There’s still five games to go, we’ve got three home games on the bounce now so that’s a fairly positive thing for us.  We feel confident that we can win games at home.  

“We have to approach each game as a separate entity and try and win each game without resting on our laurels”, Smith added.