Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mark's Debut Half T's Not Enough

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mark's Debut Half T's Not Enough

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Byline: STUART RAYNER

MARK STONEMAN scored his first County Championship 50 of 2012, then said, "It's not enough!" The Newcastle-born lefthander's half-century dragged Durham out of a terrible situation on day one of their game against Sussex at Arundel.

Put in to bat on a day when rain was never far away, the visitors were 1-2 and 34-3. In that context Stoneman's 82-ball 50 was invaluable.

He wanted more, though.

"It's always disappointing when you get out," he said after his lbw to Monty Panesar.

"The ball just skidded on more than I anticipated.

"We talk as a unit that you've never got enough runs. However many you've got you've always got to look for one run more and keeping batting longer to try and get scores on the board.

"That's more frustrating than anything, that I wasn't able to go on and bat longer."

Nobody was able to bat very long yesterday, with only 27.4 overs possible.

The teams played through intermittent drizzle for much of the morning.

But they were forced to give in 15 minutes before the interval, and never got back out again.

Losing the toss was not a great way for Paul Collingwood to start his captaincy with overcast, damp conditions weighing so heavily in the bowlers' favour.

That - and two wickets in as many balls for James Anyon -- meant the naturally attacking Stoneman had to start very carefully. Rocky by name, he was solid by nature until he got a feel for the bowling.

"It was a case of biding my time and waiting for the bowlers to get sick of putting the ball where I could leave it, and making them come to me and let me play in my area," he said.

"I feel everything's in good touch. My (shot) selection has been pretty good, especially against the opening bowlers, which has allowed me to get the first 15, 20 minutes out of the way. That's vital in any innings."

Most of Stoneman's runs came in a 50 partnership with Dale Benkenstein - he scored 41 of them. …

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