Wednesday, 10th May 2006

Honours even at the Riverside after opening day


Vs: Durham

Match: LVCC 1

Venue: Riverside

Day 1

On a fine sunny day at the Riverside the match is evenly poised with the home side, having won the toss and elected to bat first, closing the day on 340-9 after 104 overs.
They were indebted to their Australian opener James Maher who scored a hundred after being dropped in the slips off Chris Silverwood when he had made only four, and an innings of 78 from Paul Mustard at number seven.

The Durham openers were made to work hard for early runs against the accurate seam attack of Silverwood and Louw who between them only conceded 25 runs off the opening fourteen overs. Maher then began to blossom with some fine drives through the off side, reaching his fifty off 84 balls with his tenth boundary.

Jamie Dalrymple came on to bowl twenty minutes before lunch, and in his first over he trapped Jonathon Lewis LBW for 21. Murchall joined Maher at the wicket and they saw Durham to lunch without further loss at 95-1 after 34 overs.

Middlesex had by far the better of the middle session of the day, taking five wickets. Firstly, Silverwood removed Murchall caught behind the wicket shortly after the resumption before Melvyn Betts had Pratt leg before for eight. Benkenstein and Maher advanced the total to 159 before Betts had the Durham skipper caught for 19.

Breese saw Maher to his hundred (scored off 186 balls, 16 fours) before he was bowled by Jamie Dalrymple for eight. Middlesex then captured the wicket of Maher for 106 when he was caught at the wicket off Johann Louw. Durham went into tea on 212-6 after 72 overs.

Mustard and Ottis Gibson put together the highest partnership of the innings (88 runs) with Mustard, having just survived a caught & bowled chance off the persevering Chris Silverwood, reaching a fifty off 88 balls with his seventh boundary.

Silverwood was rewarded when he had Gibson caught behind for 38 and in his following over he accounted for Thorp, another LBW victim. Mustard hit Louw for a straight six before he was bowled for 78 (off 114 balls, 2 sixes & 10 fours) giving Silverwood his fourth wicket of the innings. At the close of play, Durham had reached 340-9.

Bowling figures:
Silverwood 26-4-85-4, Louw 29-6-94-1, Betts 9-1-29-2, Richardson 18-4-71-0,
Dalrymple 22-4-57-2.

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