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Durham inflict first four-day defeat on Lancashire

Durham 237 & 173-4 beat Lancashire 181 & 226 by six wickets
Lancashire 3pts, Durham 20pts
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Michael di Venuto
Michael di Venuto has now scored 727 first-class runs this season

Michael di Venuto scored his sixth half-century of the season as Durham inflicted a first Championship defeat of the campaign on Lancashire.

Needing 113 more runs to win on the final day, Di Venuto made 63 as Durham completed their victory half an hour after lunch.

Dale Benkenstein (41 not out) saw Durham home despite Gary Keedy's sixth 10-wicket match haul of his career.

The victory lifts Durham three points clear of Lancashire in the table.

Durham are 27 points behind leaders Nottinghamshire and Lancashire 30 points adrift, after losing their first Championship match in 21 fixtures.

Neil Desperandum

Lancashire captain Glen Chapple started the day by bowling left-arm spinners Keedy and Simon Kerrigan in tandem and it was latter who made the first breakthrough.

The visitors had added 22 to their overnight score when nightwatchman Mitch Claydon was bowled by Kerrigan for eight.

Keedy, who took seven wickets in the first innings, was causing problems at the other end and had a couple of lbw shouts turned down against Di Venuto, but the opener reached his half century off 103 balls.

Benkenstein survived a run-out chance on 16 when Steven Croft missed the stumps at the non-striker's end.

Keedy's third wicket of the innings and 10th of the match, came as Croft made amends by brilliantly catching Di Venuto at mid-wicket.

Ian Blackwell (20 not out) survived a dropped catch first ball by Mark Chilton at short-leg off Keedy and the visitors went to lunch on 142-4, needing 29 more runs to win.

Paul Horton then put down a tough chance at slip off the bat of Benkenstein after the break.

Benkenstein and Blackwell steered Durham to victory and away from the relegation zone.

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see also
Durham close in on win over Lancs
11 Aug 10 |  Counties
Lancashire award Chilton benefit
11 Aug 10 |  Lancashire
Durham on top despite Keedy spell
10 Aug 10 |  Counties
Durham put Lancashire in trouble
09 Aug 10 |  Counties

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