Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rushworth's Bowled over at Reaching a Milestone; Seamer Chris Joins 200 Club and Helps Durham to First Win of the Season

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rushworth's Bowled over at Reaching a Milestone; Seamer Chris Joins 200 Club and Helps Durham to First Win of the Season

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Byline: Stuart Rayner at Taunton Twitter@ @StuRayner

CHRIS Rushworth had forgotten about it by the time he reached a major career milestone on Tuesday - but the Sunderland seamer was much more pleased to have contributed to Durham's first victory of 2015.

Rushworth's second-innings 6-92 was crucial in turning an 81-run first-innings lead into a winning one as Somerset were beaten by seven wickets in the opening game of the County Championship season.

Along the way he picked up the 200th first-class victim of a career only 58 games old.

It was a significant achievement but one which passed him by when Jim Allenby was lbw.

Rushworth said: "It was in my mind before the game but at the time I did not even think about it.

"Milestones are quite good but if you are taking wickets and winning games for Durham that is the biggest thing.

"I think I bowled well in the first innings without getting the wickets so it is nice to back a good spell up with another one."

Rushworth was also pleased to show he can perform on a notoriously flat Taunton pitch over three hot days.

There were times when batting looked pretty easy - even against Rushworth - so it was vital he and Graham Onions used the new ball well.

Rushworth added: At this time of year you don't expect weather like this so it is nice to get that early on and come out on top.

"Hopefully, it stands us in good stead for the season to come.

"When you come somewhere like this you need the seam to be reasonably hard to get any assistance.

"We have a good bowling unit who get the ball into good areas so to make the most of the assistance it did offer was great.

"There was a little bit there early doors when the ball was quite new so it was nice to make the most of it and get some early wickets.

"It is a batsman's ground really but if you put it in a decent area at the top of off stump and let the ball do the work generally you will get rewarded for it. …

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