Durham v Worcestershire: Day one tea

WILL Smith's vigil was spectacularly ended as Durham battled their way towards a first bonus point of the match at home to Worcestershire today.

WILL Smith's vigil was spectacularly ended as Durham battled their way towards a first bonus point of the match at home to Worcestershire today.

The right-hander made 66 from 151 balls before having his middle stump uprooted by Kemar Roach. Without him, the Riversiders went in for tea on 209-5.

Phil Mustard swept the four which took Durham past 200 midway through the 61st over. Teams earn a batting bonus point once they reach 200. Another four are available for each set of 50 first-innings runs, up to 400.

At the start of today's final round of matches, Durham trailed Division One leaders Warwickshire by 15 points, and Lancashire by 12.

Smith had been the rock on which the innings was built, and hit eight fours in reaching 50, off 131 deliveries.

Paul Collingwood was undone by a ball which left him in the wind, outside edging into wicketkeeper Ben Scott's gloves. The former England limited-overs captain had made 22.

Ian Blackwell took eight balls to get off the mark, running a quick single to break his duck. But when Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell brought himself into the attack, he upped the pace.

He pulled a six square of the wicket off the medium-pacer's first ball, and drove him for a straight four. He was lbw to the next ball, pushing forward to a ball angled in. Blackwell also made 22.

Mustard seemed to have also decided that attack is the way to go, getting off the mark with a six pulled behind square and sweeping a four off Moeen Ali after he switched back to the Lumley End.

The captain was 17 not out at tea, with partner Dale Benkenstein a run ahead.

Collingwood's wicket confirmed Yorkshire's relegation from Division One. Worcestershire could still join them, but Hampshire have another 17 points to make up in their game at Warwickshire.

A Somerset fightback at Taunton means Lancashire are yet to add to the bonus point they collected before lunch while Warwickshire, with former Durham batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the crease, are themselves closing in on 200 at the Rose Bowl.

Somerset were 236-3 at tea, with James Hildreth unbeaten on 119 and recent England Twenty20 cap Jos Buttler 57 not out.

See Tuesday's Journal for a full report of the first day of Durham's game with Worcestershire.

 

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