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Durham v Surrey (day one, tea)
AN unbroken stand of 130 between Scott Borthwick and Will Smith built on Durham’s solid foundations as they reached 207 for two at tea.
Having come to the crease in the day’s second over, Borthwick showed great maturity in building his innings, adding 60 in the afternoon session to reach 90.
He was on 74 two overs before tea when Surrey, perhaps in desperation, turned to the medium pace of Rory Burns and Borthwick pulled him for three fours then glanced the final ball to the fine leg boundary.
Smith made only his second championship half-century of the season, the first coming in his marathon innings of 153 at Trent Bridge.
Borthwick’s fifth 50 of the season was his most restrained, despite containing eight high-class fours. His ability to find the gap between mid-on and mid-wicket has become a hallmark of his batting.
After his five-over opening spell, Chris Tremlett bowled six overs either side of lunch before resting with figures of 11-2-16-2, then when he returned for four-over burst Smith pulled and drove him to the boundary. He was unbeaten on 57 at tea.
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