Durham v Nottinghamshire: Day three lunch

RAIN, bitter cold, technical problems and above all Nottinghamshire's batsmen left Durham in no mood to celebrate a landmark day.

RAIN, bitter cold, technical problems and above all Nottinghamshire's batsmen left Durham in no mood to celebrate a landmark day.

Today is the 20th anniversary of Durham's first First-Class game, a draw at Oxford University.

Trailing by 314 at lunch, the Riversiders will have a difficult job emulating that 1992 result.

Heavy morning rain delayed the start of play until noon. When it did finally get underway at noon, six players took to the field wearing Durham wooly hats rather than traditional caps. The fielders' hands spent as much time in their pockets as possible.

For players who spent the end of March in Dubai - the bowlers having earlier been to South Africa - they were extremely difficult conditions to play good cricket in. At least they, unlike the hardy spectators, were getting paid.

Even the scoreboards were struggling. The giant electronic board blacked out for the second day running, and for four overs its older brother on the river side of the ground froze too.

Michael Lumb looked rather more comfortable as he aimed to build on his first century since reaching three figures against Durham two years ago. The former Yorkshire and Hampshire batsman had extended his score to 127 when he headed for the welcome warmth of the dressing room.

Graham Onions entered the attack with the new ball imminent and immediately produced a beauty which Lumb did well not to get any bat on. But in terms of concrete chances, Lumb and Chris Read - 27 not out at the interval - gave nothing away in a far more solid approach to batting than either side had shown in their first innings.

Phil Mustard tried Ben Stokes, Mitchell Claydon, Onions and Callum Thorp without success in the session.

Notts were 282-4 at lunch, a lead of 314.

For a full report of the third day's play, see tomorrow's Sunday Sun.

 
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