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Ben Stokes wickets give Durham edge over Hampshire

Close, day two: Durham 473, Hampshire 280-6
Durham 7pts, Hants 5pts
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LV County Championship

Ben Stokes took three wickets to give Durham the edge after day two of their clash with Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

After resuming on 413-6, Durham were eventually all out for 473 as captain Phil Mustard finished unbeaten on 68.

Stokes then claimed the key wickets of Liam Dawson (50) and Neil McKenzie (75) on his way to ending the day with 3-59 as Hampshire teetered at 190-5.

But Nic Pothas hit an unbeaten 50 as the hosts closed on 280-6, needing 44 more to avoid the follow-on.

Durham added 60 runs in 14 overs at the start of the day but not before Hampshire's new South African signing Friedel de Wet had claimed his first wicket for the county, having Scott Borthwick caught behind.

Liam Plunkett and Callum Thorp followed the same way to hand Dominic Cork and De Wet, respectively, their second wickets, before Steve Harmison was last to fall to Danny Briggs, to give the left-arm spinner career-best figures of 5-129.

Harmison then only bowled four balls - two of them wides - before leaving the pitch to go to hospital for an X-ray on his hand, handing Stokes his chance with the ball.

McKenzie and Dawson had added 96 for the third wicket when Stokes struck, inducing an inside edge from Dawson.

He then had James Vince caught at gully before claiming the crucial wicket of McKenzie to leave Hampshire in trouble at 190-5.

But Pothas and Sean Ervine added 71 for the sixth wicket to calm Hampshire's nerves, and although Ervine was bowled by Ian Blackwell before the close, the teams will go into the third day with the match delicately poised.

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