Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Duo Blast Tons to Inspire Champs; CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Duo Blast Tons to Inspire Champs; CRICKET

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CENTURIES from Durham's Dale Benkenstein and Ben Stokes ensured that the County Championship title holders reached a respectable 347 for six against Kent at Canterbury.

While Benkenstein played the tortoise, as his hundred took almost four hours after he became marooned in the nervous 90s for 14 overs, so England Under-19 starlet Stokes became the hare.

The star of England Under-19s winter World Cup campaign in New Zealand, Stokes followed last week's 106 against Nottinghamshire with a sumptuous careerbest 122 not out to move Durham within 77 runs of Kent's first innings total.

Stokes took on a weakened Kent attack with drives and lusty pulls that reaped the 18-yearold left-hander 15 fours and a brace of sixes. Murali Kartik claimed his first wickets for Somerset as Yorkshire were bowled out for 405 in the Division One match at Taunton.

The Indian left-arm spinner marked his debut as overseas signing by helping to wrap up the tail after the visitors resumed on 296 for four. He finished with three for 106 from 35.5 overs, while Ben Phillips returned four for 76 from 36. Only David Wainwright, with 39, offered much resistance as Yorkshire failed to build substantially on their first-day efforts.

It took a last-wicket stand of 46 between Wainwright and Oliver Hannon-Dalby to get them past 400.

Somerset replied with 226 for four, Arul Suppiah unbeaten on 78 and Zander de Bruyn contributing 47. Hannon-Dalby claimed the prize wicket of Marcus Trescothick, who eased his way to 39 off 43 balls before being plum lbw playing across a slower delivery.

Kent v Durham At: Canterbury Kent 424 (RWT Key 261; SJ Harmison 4-52) v Durham 347-6 Durham First Innings M J Di Venuto b Ferley................................................................67 K J Coetzer lbw b Ntini................................................................12 S G Borthwick c van Jaarsveld b Ntini..........................................1 D M Benkenstein b Khan...........................................................114 I D Blackwell b Khan............................ …

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