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Durham v Surrey (day two, lunch)
DURHAM picked up a fourth batting point for the first time for two years in a home match, reaching the 350 target four balls before the 110-over cut-off.
It came courtesy of an edged four which got debut boy Usman Arshad off the mark after the previous two overs had failed to yield a run.
But in a turgid morning’s cricket, with delays for a change of umpire and the ball, only 28 overs were bowled and Durham added 79 runs to reach 388 for seven at lunch.
Nightwatchman Jamie Harrison survived for 35 minutes this morning, playing and missing several times at Chris Tremlett before edging to second slip for ten.
Paul Collingwood twice hit Tremlett to the backward point boundary as the paceman conceded 18 runs in six overs before resting just as umpire Mark Benson retired.
He had received a call regarding a family emergency and was replaced by local league umpire Philip Raine, who stood at square leg while Michael Gough officiated at both ends.
Tremlett’s chances of taking all ten vanished when, with two needed for the fourth point, Collingwood shaped to drive Jade Dernbach and was bowled for 36.
Phil Mustard had begun confidently, but he was unable to score off the next over from Tim Linley, who continued to bowl well until Arshad tucked a full toss away in front of mid-wicket.
In turning for a third run he slipped and went perilously close to being run out. But he settled down to look comfortable, even when Tremlett returned. Arshad was on 15 at lunch with Mustard on 30.
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