Notts crush Durham

Stokes ton in vain on final day

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Notts crush Durham

Stokes: maiden first-class hundred

LV County Championship - Division One
Trent Bridge
Durham 218 & 279 (B A Stokes 106, D J Pattinson 4-95) v Nottinghamshire 559-8 dec (A D Brown 134, C M W Read 124 no, H M Amla 67, P J Franks 64)
Nottinghamshire (24pts) beat Durham (3pts) by an innings and 62 runs

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Nottinghamshire went top of the Division One table after completing victory over Durham by an innings and 62 runs on the final day at Trent Bridge.

Ben Stokes' blistering maiden hundred failed to prevent Durham, the two-time defending champions, slumping to their first loss in the County Championship since August 2008.

The 18-year-old, making his fifth first-class appearance, struck three sixes and 16 fours during his 106 from number seven in the order before Durham were all out for 279 in their second innings early in the evening session.

The visitors resumed at 88-4 requiring another 256 just to make Nottinghamshire bat again.

But within eight overs they had slipped to 109-6 as Darren Pattinson (4-95) sent Chris Rushworth (6) and Ian Blackwell (15) back to the pavilion.

Stokes launched his counter-attack during a seventh-wicket stand of 70 with Phil Mustard, who was stumped for 23 just before lunch off Steven Mullaney (2-35).

He stepped up a gear in early afternoon, racing to his fifty from 80 balls while dominating an eighth-wicket alliance of 87 with Ben Harmison.

And the New Zealand-born left-hander demonstrated his precocious confidence by reaching three figures in emphatic fashion, hitting Samit Patel (0-56) for four, six, six, four in consecutive balls before adrenalin got the better of him, a pull shot off Paul Franks (3-58) fell to Mullaney at deep square leg.

With his wicket went any remaining hopes of a draw. Nottinghamshire were able to take the new ball immediately, with Franks producing a swinging delivery to have Liam Plunkett (3) caught at second slip in the next over.

Two brief rain interruptions only served to delay the home side's win, with Pattinson demolishing Ben Harmison's (18) stumps two balls after tea.

Victory gives Nottinghamshire an eight-point lead over Yorkshire with a game in hand, while Durham already find themselves 55 points behind.

Day three

Durham are battling to avoid defeat at Trent Bridge after Nottinghamshire's batsmen piled on the runs to set up a first-innings lead of 341.

Alistair Brown smashed 134 from 121 balls, Chris Read made an unbeaten 124 and Paul Franks added a quickfire 64, as the hosts declared on 559 for eight.

After losing three early wickets to slip to 226 for six, Brown and Read put on 237 in just 42 overs, Nottinghamshire's second-highest seventh wicket partnership, with 226 runs added in all during the afternoon session.

In a chastening day for the defending champions, England bowlers Steve Harmison and Liam Plunkett both conceded 100 runs and then saw their team lose four wickets in the evening session as Durham closed on 88 for four, still trailing by 254.

Read declared at tea to give his side 32 overs to bowl at the visitors. Kyle Coetzer and Michael Di Venuto shared a stand of 49 before the latter was caught by Neil Edwards off the bowling of Darren Pattinson for 29.

The dismissals of Will Smith (four) and Dale Benkenstein (eight) saw Durham on 84 for three and the visitors lost the vital wicket of Coetzer just before the close when he was lbw to Charlie Shreck for 45.

Coetzer's innings contained seven boundaries but his dismissal leaves Durham on 87 for four.

Day two

Defending champions Durham find themselves on the ropes yet again after Nottinghamshire enjoyed a dominant second day at Trent Bridge.

Resuming day two on 79-3, the holders claimed just a solitary batting point after collapsing to 218 all out.

Overnight duo Ian Blackwell (43) and Dale Benkenstein (36) failed to kick on from their previous day's work as seamers Darren Pattinson (2-63) and Charlie Shreck (3-73) struck in the morning session.

Blackwell edged Pattinson straight to Samit Patel at gully, while Benkenstein saw his stumps left in tatters by a searing Shreck Yorker.

The introduction of Paul Franks (3-38) into the attack then resulted in a swift end to the Durham innings as he removed Phil Mustard, Ben Harmison and Chris Rushworth.

In reply, overseas star Hashim Amla struck a measured 67 but fell late in the day, as Notts reach stumps just 27 runs behind their title rivals with seven wickets remaining.

Notts openers Neil Edwards (33) and Bilal Shafayat (16) both fell to Liam Plunkett before Amla and Mark Wagh (44 not out) added 88 for the third wicket.

Day one

Division One heavyweights Durham and Nottinghamshire failed to make significant progress after rain played havoc with the opening day.

Defending champions Durham reached the close on 79-3 after being inserted in difficult batting conditions at Trent Bridge.

Charlie Shreck (2-36) was the first to strike after a two-hour delay, dismissing opener Kyle Coetzer in the sixth over when he mis-timed a drive straight to Paul Franks at short extra-cover.

Michael Di Venuto cracked three fours before he followed Coetzer back to the pavilion, edging Darren Pattinson (1-26) to Samit Patel at gully as Durham slipped to 32-2.

And that became 36-3 when Shreck found the edge of Will Smith's bat and opposite number Chris Read took the catch behind the wicket.

Dale Benkenstein (20 not out) and Ian Blackwell (24no) led the Durham recovery, the latter twice edging Shreck between the slips and gully.

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