Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Durham Suffer First Day Setback; County Cricket

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Durham Suffer First Day Setback; County Cricket

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DURHAM'S hopes of recording their first County Championship win of the season hang in the balance after a frustrating first day of their relegation clash with Worcestershire at New Road.

The bottom-of-the-table strugglers made 127 for four in 42 overs after stand-in skipper Dale Benkenstein had lost the toss.

Worcestershire backed up their decision to field first with two wickets each for Alan Richardson and Jack Shantry, but Durham received some plaudits for the way they coped with tricky conditions in the morning.

Richardson marked his return from injury with a good delivery which Will Smith (11) steered to Moeen Ali at third slip and he might have enjoyed a further success when Gordon Muchall was missed behind the wicket after starting with two boundaries.

With Richardson in particular moving the ball around, Muchall and Mark Stoneman got through to lunch in a partnership that was worth 63 by the time Worcestershire stoked up some momentum. …

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