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Sussex v Durham: Day one lunch

DURHAM lost both openers but made it to three figures in the opening session of their County Championship match at Sussex.

DURHAM lost both openers but made it to three figures in the opening session of their County Championship match at Sussex.

Having won the toss and batted, the Riversiders were 101-2 at the end of the morning session.

Mark Stoneman went in for his lunch one short of back-to-back four-day 50s. He was in tandem with Paul Collingwood, reforming the partnership which scored the lion's share of Durham's runs in their unsuccessful run-chase at Nottinghamshire the previous week.

Despite suffering another bang to his badly-damaged finger in practice, Michael Di Venuto had looked in good touch at the start of his innings, off the mark with a good shot off his pads for four through long-off. He also pulled a four when James Anyon dropped short.

Maybe he got too confident, but the Tasmanian went for 14, taking a big swish trying to pull Anyon. He was caught behind by Ben Brown, entrusted again with the gloves despite the return of England's Matt Prior.

As usual, Will Smith was more circumspect, making 25 before he fell to a good catch by Matt Prior, diving to his right at a wide second slip.

Coming in at three, Stoneman continued his own recent good form with some elegant shots. For the second Championship game in succession, Durham are playing onn a very lop-sided pitch, and the left-hander made good use of the short boundary on the pavilion side of the ground, slog-sweeping Mony Panesar for six over it.

There was plenty of straight hitting too, such as the drive which got him off the mark with a four. Stoneman had not added to that when he edged just in front of Prior, again at second slip. The ball once more went to the boundary.

There were also two lovely cover-driven fours to the short boundary, the second much squarer.

Collingwood sensibly took his time, two not out having come in halfway through the 20th of 29 overs bowled in the session.

For a full report of the opening day's play, read tomorrow's Journal.

 

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