Durham v Nottinghamshire: Day one close

A CHANGE of batting side did not stop the flow of wickets at Chester-le-Street yesterday.

A CHANGE of batting side did not stop the flow of wickets at Chester-le-Street yesterday.

Durham closed on 55-3 after 22 overs this evening, having bowled Nottinghamshire out for 161.

The Riversiders needed just eight final-session overs to wrap up the four remaining Nottinghamshire wickets, and at one point threatened to bowl them out for less than 150.

Three wickets fell on 148, two through bad batting, one brilliant bowling.

Ben Phillips started the collapse by spooning the ball in the air for Graham Onions to collect a simple caught-and-bowled. Andre Adams does not believe in playing himself in and while his approach served him well against Durham at Trent Bridge last season, this time out he was sent back for a four-ball duck, clean bowled by Claydon.

Onions cut Paul Franks in half, bowled driving in an attempt to add to his 17. Luke Fletcher's 11 from seven deliveries saw Notts to 161, but not a batting point.

Michael Di Venuto looked comfortable in Durham's reply after being fed his favourite shot, but a mistimed pull was to be his undoing. It was a sloppy shot but a brilliant catch by Michael Lumb, sprinting back from midwicket to send the Tasmanian back for 11.

Will Smith perished on the same score, hanging his bat out a little to edge a short ball wide outside his off stump. Mark Stoneman - the beneficiary of the illness which has kept Paul Collingwood out of the match - edged Adams to Neil Edwards at slip, to leave Durham on a precarious 33-3.

A typically aggressive Ben Stokes stopped the rot, taking Durham past 50 in tandem with the more cautious Dale Benkenstein. The pair had made 18 and six respectively when stumps were drawn on a day restricted to 82 overs by morning rain.

Tomorrow's Journal will have a full report of the first day's play, with reaction in the Chronicle.


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