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Derbyshire v Durham: Day Three
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- Sports reporter Tim Wellock reports live from Durham's County Championship match away against Derbyshire.
Rain has ended play for the day with Durham on 257-4 in 94 overs.
Durham are trying to grind their way to the title, possibly with an eye on what's happening elsewhere. They have been excessively cautious, scoring 69 runs in 35 overs in the afternoon session to reach 239-4. Will Smith took 232 balls to score 81 before edging a cut to second slip shortly after the new ball was taken. Yorkshire are 291-7 at Hove, one run behind. The floodlights are on here and rain is said to be on the way.
Borthwick has gone for 89, ending a stand of 159, and Durham are now 227-3. He pulled a long hop from Shiv Chanderpaul to wide mid-on, bringing in Michael Richardson to join Smith, who is on 77. Durham are keeping pace with title rivals Yorkshire, who are 258-5 after the late start at Hove.
The Derby natives are getting restless. A spectator has just shouted: "For god's sake get someone out". Durham are continuing their disciplined approach and have yet to lose a wicket today. But they show no sign of accelerating the scoring rate. Borthwick is on 67, Smith 53 and it's 181-2.
Borthwick duly became only the third Durham-born batsman, after Paul Collingwood and Gary Pratt, to pass 1,000 first-class runs in a season. He reached the landmark on 44 and went on to reach 50 off 76 balls. He is now on 58, Smith has made 47 and Durham are 165-2. Yorkshire are due to get underway at Hove at 1pm.
Scott Borthwick has been very restrained as he approaches 1,000 first-class runs for the season (he needs five more). It's unusual for him to be outpaced by Will Smith, who has just cut Tim Groenewald for two fours in an over to reach 28. Durham are 126-2 and Yorkshire have yet to make a start this morning.
Tough going for Durham this morning, but they have negotiated the first half hour without mishap. Scott Borthwick is on 26, Will Smith has ten and it's 98-2.
Sports reporter Tim Wellock reports live from Durham's County Championship match away against Derbyshire.
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