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Vitality County Championship

Friday 24th May

Seat Unique Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street


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Durham force a comprehensive victory before tea on day two as Raine bowls Leach. 

The home side looked more on it from the get-go and Somerset were not at the races today.

Congratulations to Durham who win their first match at home this season, fully deserved.

Somerset 77/8

Ben Raine strikes Gregory in front and given. Ball joins Leach for the final stand as Banton will not bat due to injury.

Somerset 69/7

Stokes has a fourth! Ben Stokes on fire in Chester-le-Street.

Overton gets an edge and Colin Ackermann takes another good catch.

Leach joins Gregory.

Somerset 61/6

Stokes has this game by the scruff of the neck. He finds the edge of Rew and no mistake is made. 

Third wicket for Ben Stokes. He is a serious player.

Somerset 57/5

Durham well in control here. Coughlin in on the action as he squares Davey up and Ackermann takes his second catch of the innings. 

Somerset 45/4

Stokes again... He finds the outside edge of Umeed and Rew joins Davey.

Somerset 34/3

Stokes just makes things happen. The England captain just gets one to rise on Lammonby who gets an inside edge through to Robinson. 

Josh Davey comes into bat next as Banton has been off the field so is not yet eligible to bat.

PLAY - Somerset 19/2

Lammonby and Umeed resume after lunch.


LUNCH - Somerset 19/2

The first 30 minutes suggested this would be Somersets session but Siddle and Raine had other ideas, a 60 partnership and now a wicket each has put Durham in the driving seat at the break.

Somerset 12/2

Siddle has been very accurate this morning and one just keeps a touch low on Matt Renshaw and takes his off stump.