Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rematch Will Be a Different Story

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rematch Will Be a Different Story

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WILL Smith expects his Durham side to bounce back strongly from their opening day defeat to rivals Yorkshire.

Martyn Moxon's Tykes were emphatic 80-run victors in yesterday's Friends Provident Trophy Group C clash at the Riverside and the sides meet again at the same venue in the County Championship on Wednesday.

Smith won the toss and in sunny, dry conditions, asked Yorkshire to bat with the visitors compiling a well paced 268-7, taking advantage of some loose bowling from the hosts.

Jacques Rudolph (73) and Michael Vaughan (43) both looked composed with the bat, while Gerard Brophy upped the rate later in the innings with an unbeaten 66 off just 48 balls.

England hopefuls Steve Harmison (1-63 off eight overs), Liam Plunkett (1-33 off five) and Graham Onions (1-36 off seven) all proved expensive in front of a healthy crowd of 3,030.

In reply, Durham lost wickets steadily and once a 68-run fourth wicket stand between Dale Benkenstein and Smith was broken, the home side never looked like overhauling the target, losing their final five wickets for 26 runs with nine overs left.

Pacemen Deon Kruis and Tim Bresnan took three wickets apiece for Yorkshire.

Smith admitted defeat was hard to swallow in his first competitive match in charge, saying: "It's not brilliant to lose and it was pretty convincing in the end.

"I think Yorkshire were 20 or 30 runs over what we thought was a par score. The (bowlers') execution at key times wasn't that great. I think they realised that and we need to go away and think about things and come back stronger, which I'm sure we'll do." Though Yorkshire looked on course mid-way through the Durham innings, Moxon refused to celebrate until the last wicket - Benkenstein's for 68 - fell.

The former Durham head coach said: "We knew it was going to be a tough match and to beat a strong Durham team is a nice start for us..

"They bat well down and whenever Dale is in, the game is never over. I'm never happy until I can see the back of Dale Benkenstein, I can assure you! …

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