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Briggs Claims First Championship Five-Fer

Apr 10 2011


Hampshire v Durham
LV= County Championship
Day Two – Saturday 9th April 2011
LV= County Championship

Summary: Hampshire trail Durham by 193 runs
Durham: 473
Hampshire: 280-6 (79 ovs)

Hampshire: Adams, Dawson, Myburgh, McKenzie, Vince, Pothas+, Ervine, Cork*, Jones, Briggs, de Wet.
Durham: Di Venuto, Stoneman, Muchall, Stokes, Benkenstein, Blackwell, Mustard*+, Borthwick, Plunkett, Thorp, Harmison.

Danny Briggs’ first Championship five-fer and a Neil McKenzie knock of 75 were among the highlights for Hampshire fans on another hot day at The Rose Bowl.

Nevertheless, there’s still plenty of work to be done by Dominic Cork’s side if they’re to swing the match back in their favour, finishing on 280-6; still 44 runs short of avoiding the follow-on.

Patient partnerships between McKenzie and Liam Dawson (96) and Sean Ervine and Nic Pothas (71) were interspersed with some good bowling, most notably from Durham youngster, Ben Stokes who claimed three wickets in the afternoon.

However, Durham may have to see out the rest of the match without paceman Steve Harmison (badly bruised forearm) and Mark Stoneman (fractured metacarpal) as they both had to go to hospital during the morning.

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The hosts started the day in search of banishing Durham’s long tail and it was Friedel de Wet who made the early inroads by removing Scott Borthwick (17) and Callum Thorp (2) before Cork had Liam Plunkett caught behind for 5.

After claiming four wickets yesterday, Briggs’ fifth and Durham’s last was chalked up when he trapped Harmison lbw for 12; the visitors finishing 473 all out with Phil Mustard the man unbeaten on 68.

But Hampshire’s reply began with Thorp removing Jimmy Adams, caught behind first ball. Johann Myburgh steered the second to safety before hitting the first boundary of the reply three balls later.

And the South African was looking fluent until Borthwick produced a brilliant catch at gully from Plunkett’s bowling to remove the debutant for 32 off 25 balls. At lunch Hampshire were 55 for 2.

Dawson and McKenzie consolidated after the break and started to find the rope regularly; the latter striking two fours through cover off one Thorp over to lay down the home side’s credentials.

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Though Ian Blackwell was brought into Durham’s attack to try to replicate Briggs’ success yesterday, Durham were unable to breach Hampshire’s defences as both men brought up their half-centuries, looking in total command of the conditions.

Nothing lasts forever, though, and Stokes got the breakthrough as he knocked Dawson’s off-stump out of the ground for 50.

James Vince, then McKenzie would become Stokes’ second and third victims of the day but under the watchful eyes of Pothas and Ervine, Hampshire passed 250, picking up their second batting point, and fifth of the match so far.

Though Ervine (33) would make way for Cork before stumps (bowled by Blackwell) there was still time for Pothas to pass 50 in fading light.

Hampshire resume on day three with two of their most experienced players at the crease, looking to lead by example.

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