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Smith puts Durham in firm control

County Championship D1, Guildford, day three: Surrey 220 & 185-3 v Durham 410

Durham's Will Smith made an exceptional unbeaten double-century as his side took control on day three of their game against Surrey at Guilford.

Resuming on 259-5 replying to Surrey's 220, the visitors were bowled out for 410 with Smith finishing 202 not out on a rain-interrupted day.

Scott Newman hit 67 to get Surrey's second innings off to a strong start.

But Paul Wiseman, Callum Thorpe and Steve Harmison all struck as Durham reduced the hosts to 185-3 at stumps.

And, weather permitting, Durham will be confident of wrapping up victory on day four.

Smith started the day on 126 and, after being dropped at second slip off Jade Dernbach on 166, helped his side pass the 400-mark with his first double-ton in first-class cricket.

The first partner he saw slip by the wayside was Phil Mustard, caught behind for 62 attempting to cut Jimmy Ormond having failed to add to his overnight score.

Wiseman then pulled Chris Jordan for two big sixes before he was out for 34 and Liam Plunkett and Thorp were both undone by Surrey's Murtaza Hussain, the Pakistani catching the former off Dernbach and then bowling the latter.

Smith and Steve Harmison took Durham to their total before Harmison was out for just two, leaving his partner to carry his bat from number three.

First-innings centurion Newman continued the form that saw him make a century on day two by racing to 50, passing it with a six and a four off Liam Plunkett, who went for 21 runs in his first over.

But after tea he was removed by Wiseman, ending a 96-run opening partnership with Stewart Walters, and sparking two more quick wickets.

Walters went to Thorp for 33, caught by Steve Harmison, who then claimed the wicket of Chris Murtagh (12) with a rising delivery that caught an outside edge and flew to Callum Thorp at third slip.

Jonathan Batty and Usman Afzaal steadied the innings with an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 59 runs to end the day.


see also
Smith ton leaves Surrey trailing
17 Jul 08 |  Counties
Surrey rally after late collapse
15 Jul 08 |  Counties


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