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Two reach 1,000
AS with London buses, you wait for ages for someone to pass 1,000 championship runs then two come along at once.
Paul Collingwood was previously the only home-bred batsman to reach the landmark for Durham (in 2005), but in the 15th over of the match at Hove today Mark Stoneman passed the target and five overs later Scott Borthwick followed him.
After choosing to bat on a sunny morning, Durham were 75 for two at lunch with Borthwick going well on 30.
They would have settled for that after seeing the steep bounce extracted by Steve Magoffin from the day’s first ball, and survival was the name of the game in the early overs.
The score had reached 22 in the tenth when Keaton Jennings pushed forward and edged Chris Jordan to Matt Prior at first slip after making 11.
In the 15th over Jimmy Anyon replaced Magoffin and Stoneman drove him to the cover boundary to reach 15 and take his season’s total to 1,001. But he added only five before edging an attempted cut off Anyon to wicketkeeper Ben Brown.
When Magoffin returned at the sea end for the 20th over a thick edge wide of the slips took Borthwick to his 1,000. But it was a rare streaky shot among some fine pulls and drives. Will Smith was on nine at lunch.
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