LV= County Championship: Ben Stokes gets Durham back on track

Last updated: 10th April 2013  

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Durham recovered from 94-5 to make 250 all out after being put in by Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick on the opening day of the LV= County Championship season at Chester-le-Street.

Ben Stokes led the recovery with a sensible innings of 49, entering the fray after Durham had slipped from 31 without loss to 43-3 and facing 110 balls before spoiling his hard work by getting out to left-arm spinner George Dockrell's fourth ball.

Stokes put on 60 with fellow left-hander Phil Mustard, who played well for 39 before he too surrendered to the 20-year-old Dubliner, offering a soft return catch.

The rest of the wickets were shared by the three senior seamers, Peter Trego, Steve Kirby and Alfonso Thomas, while there were three catches for Craig Kieswetter, who was handed the gloves in preference to Jos Buttler.

Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings survived the first 13 overs with few problems, but just when it seemed they would see off the new ball pair of Trego and Kirby, both took a wicket.

Stoneman pushed forward and was bowled by a ball from Kirby which nipped into him slightly, before Durham's former captains Will Smith and Dale Benkenstein scored one between them.

Jennings shouldered arms and was bowled by Thomas in the over before lunch then current skipper Paul Collingwood made 11 before falling lbw to become one of the hard-working Trego's three victims.

The recovery begun by Stokes and Mustard was continued by Scott Borthwick, who made 45 before he was last out, bowled by Kirby with 16 balls of the day's scheduled allocation remaining.

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