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Post  akaishuu on Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:48 pm

DURHAM'S attempts to dig in for a draw on their final day of cricket this season were undermined by two quick wickets before lunch.

With a minimium of 84 overs on the final day (the sides have played an extra 15 minutes on the first three days so that visitors Somerset can get off 45 minutes early to travel
down for this weekend's Lord's final), and the Riversiders 31 run ahead, two wickets down, there was a small chance of day four effectively becoming a one-innings match.

Victory is the only way Durham can have a chance of picking up the 30,000 cheque for finishing fourth in the County Championship table they have topped for the past two years.

But Durham opted for a steady approach in the morning session. Ben Harmison, two not out overnight, exemplified it. The all-rounder took 72 balls contributing 15 runs to a 68-run partnership wih Michael Di Venuto. Harmison only found the boundary once.
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He was out to an excellent catch by Craig Kieswetter to collect his leg glance.

Di Venuto was 91 not out when he edged just in front of Marcus Trescothick at first slip off the bowling of Murali Kartik, sure to be Somerset's main weapon on this final day.

The Tasmanian reached his century, his third of the Championship season, with a good shot through extra cover. It was the 11th four of an innings which at that stage had lasted 155 balls.

Ian Blackwell's introduction inevitably upped the tempo but the ever-combative Peter Trego foun d a way to break the partnership.

Having tried a couple of looping, slower-ball bouncers in the over he reverted to good line and length to take the edge of Di Venuto's bat from the last ball of the 78th over. He left to warm applause having made 129.

Blackwell followed two balls later, tipping the ball to Jos Buttler at bat-pad off Kartik for 23 to send Durham into lunch at 225-4

Dale Benkenstein is yet to appear, but is expected in next. He cannot come in any higher than seven having spent so much time off the field in Somerset's first innings.

The visitors are chasing a maiden Championship trophy, and will have to decide at lunch if they need to force the victory in light of events elsewhere. Somerset will only need to win if either Nottinghamshire or Yorskhire do. The weather seems to have conspired against Notts at Old Trafford, but there has been such a clatter of wickets at Headingley that anything is possible, although at lunch at Kent victory looked the most likely outcome.

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

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