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Superb Blackwell stuns Somerset

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Durham 110-3, Somerset 174
(Durham 3pts, Somerset 1pt)
1-4 September 2009

Ian Blackwell
Blackwell bowled five maidens to finish with 5-7 from 8.1 overs

Ian Blackwell took 5-7 to help Durham blow away his former side Somerset for 174 on day one at the Riverside.

The left-arm spinner was supported by seamers Liam Plunkett (3-65) and Graham Onions (2-49) as the Division One leaders took control.

Somerset had looked well placed when openers Arul Suppiah (53) and Marcus Trescothick (31) put on 89, but they could not capitalise.

Durham then reached 110-3 at the close, with Shiv Chanderpaul unbeaten on 49.

Third-placed Somerset began the day 30 points behind the defending champions having played a game more, and were given a solid start by Suppiah and Trescothick after Justin Langer won the toss.

But both men fell with the score on 89, with Trescothick caught at gully by Will Smith off Onions and Suppiah edging Plunkett to wicketkeeper Phil Mustard.

Langer and James Hildreth took the score to 127, but when Langer was bowled by Onions, it sparked a collapse which saw the visitors lose their last eight wickets for 47 runs.

Hildreth (27) became Blackwell's first victim when he was caught by Callum Thorp, and both Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego were caught at slip by Michael di Venuto off Plunkett away swingers.

Blackwell then ran through the lower-order, trapping Zander de Bruyn and Ben Phillips lbw in successive deliveries and accounting for Alfonso Thomas and Charl Willoughby to wrap up the innings.

Somerset's hopes of a fightback were raised when Di Venuto and Smith both fell to Willoughby with the score on 24, but Chanderpaul combined with Kyle Coetzer (30) to add 80 for the third wicket.

Coetzer was bowled by Phillips just before the close, but domination of day one has moved Durham a step closer to a second successive County Championship title.

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