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DURHAM recovered from the early loss of Mark Stoneman to reach 82 for two at lunch after being put in by Surrey at the Emirates ICG.
After being left out of the England team at the Oval, Chris Tremlett replaced Jon Lewis in the Surrey team and struck with his fifth ball.
Stoneman opened up by cutting and driving the first and third balls of the day to the boundary off Jade Dernbach, but without addition he pushed forward and edged Tremlett to wicketkeeper Steve Davies.
The injury-plagued paceman looked unathletic in the field and although he conceded only five runs he was rested after five overs.
Durham were 23 for one after 11 overs, but Keaton Jennings and Scott Borthwick took 20 runs off the next three, bowled by Tim Linley and Zander de Bruyn.
After being hit for two and four through the covers off the back foot by Borthwick, de Bruyn pitched one up and it swung to rap the pads, with the batsman looking a shade fortunate to survive on 13.
When Surrey skipper Gareth Batty introduced his off spin after 20 overs Borthwick again showed his back-foot prowess by punching a four straight down the ground.
Jennings proved adept at working the ball behind square on either side of the wicket and also played a couple of nice drives before he fell for 35 on Tremlett’s return in the 28th over.
The stand was worth 68 when Tremlett hit the right spot with his sixth ball and an edge carried low to second slip.
Borthwick was on 30 at lunch with Will Smith on three in a team which will have debut boy Usman Arshad at No 8 after he was preferred to Gareth Breese.
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