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Smith puts Durham in sight of win

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Riverside
6-9 June (Play starts 1100 BST)
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Hampshire 105 and 52-4 Durham 311 (Durham 5pts, Hampshire 3pts)


Will Smith
Smith hit 14 boundaries in his 237-ball 80

Captain Will Smith led from the front as Durham moved to within sight of an innings victory over Hampshire on day two at the Riverside.

Smith, who resumed on 21, hit 80 and Ian Blackwell 68 as Durham progressed from 80-2 overnight to 311 all out, a first innings lead of 206.

Michael Carberry bagged a pair when he was lbw to Graham Onions off the first ball of Hampshire's second innings.

Steve Harmison also struck twice as the visitors closed on 52-4, 154 behind.

Harmision first removed John Crawley when the former England batsman could only guide a catch to Smith at gully to leave Hampshire at 13-2.

And he then had the in-form Michael Lumb adjudged caught behind after he had made 32 in a stand of 36 with Jimmy Adams.

606: DEBATE

Callum Thorp added further gloss to the day for Durham by bowling nightwatchman James Tomlinson.

If anything, Durham would have been disappointed not to have earned a bigger first-innings lead after losing their final five wickets for 31 runs in 10 overs, allowing Imran Tahir to finish with figures of 5-85.

The home side only scored 18 runs in the first hour as the ball swung around.

But it took Hampshire 90 minutes to make a breakthrough when Gordan Muchall pulled Dominic Cork to square leg.

Smith and former captain Dale Benkenstein then added 51 for the fourth wicket only for them to both fall in quick succession.

Blackwell and Phil Mustard added a fluent 72 for the sixth wicket but when Mustard played on to his stumps off Sean Ervine to leave Durham 280-6, they had just enough to get through the 300 barrier and earn a third batting point.



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