Durham v Nottinghamshire: Day two lunch

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE are in control of their County Championship game with Durham after a poor performance by the home batsmen.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE are in control of their County Championship game with Durham after a poor performance by the home batsmen.

At lunch on the second day Notts are 43 runs ahead with all their second-innings wickets in hand.

They had only one scare in the six overs they had to face before the interval.

Having scored all ten Nottinghamshire runs to date, Alex Hales was fortunate not to play on to Graham Onions. The giant opener seemed unable to wait any longer for the ball to arrive, and inside-edged past his stumps.

He survived, and added one more to the tally before lunch. His partner, Neil Edwards, is still to get off the mark.

Earlier, Durham's batting line-up had subsided alarmingly to be bowled out within 44 overs, 32 runs adrift of a Nottinghamshire total which itself had looked disappointing.

Too many of the batsmen were culpable for their own demise - six caught in the slip cordon, two playing on.

The early waft with which Dale Benkenstein gifted Andre Adams his first wicket of the day was more befitting the young tyro at the opposite end than the experienced half of a partnership which needed to lay the foundations of a decent score. Hales snaffled the catch.

Stokes was his usual aggressive self in a knock of 33 from 44 balls, but played on trying to cut a ball too close to his body.

Adams was convinced he had Phil Mustard caught behind with a beautiful ball soon after but the wicketkeeper, on three, stood his ground as James Taylor of Notts had the previous day, and the umpire backed him up too.

With still only 77 on the board, it was a welcome repreive, but a short-lived one. A terrible swipe from Ian Blackwell, trying to get off the mark from his 13th delivery faced, saw him caught at second slip. Durham were 77-6 after all.

Mustard appeared to be squared up slightly by Ben Phillips on seven. Third slip Adams almost took the ball between his knees.

Callum Thorp and Scott Borthwick took very different approaches to the challenge facing them. Thorp was off the mark with a four from his first ball, playing some lovely offside shots in a 30 not out from 27 balls which featured five fours. He survived a difficult chance grassed by a diving Adams off Andrew Carter.

Borthwick, on the other hand, was one not out from 30 deliveries when he first found the boundary, with a pull. When Carter dug the ball in short to him, Borthwick played on.

Onions, promoted to ten in the batting order after a lively knock against Durham University, justified the decision for a while before falling to a sucker punch, hooking straight to Luke Fletcher on the long leg boundary.

More extra bounce from Carter did for No.11 Mitchell Claydon, who looped a catch to the slips. Durham had been bowled out for 129. Phillips took 4-33, while Carter and Adams helped themselves to three wickets each.

See tomorrow's Journal for a full report of the second day, with reaction in the Chronicle.


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