Match Report | 2nd August 2008
Durham Draw Keeps Notts Top
Stuart Broad took two wickets on the final day as Notts earned nine points from a rain-affected draw that keeps them at the top of the LV County Championship.
Broad bowled Will Smith and had Dale Benkenstein caught behind by Chris Read to reduce Durham to 88-4 but Shivranine Chanderpaul (53) and Michael Di Venuto (64) hit half-centuries to help the visitors to 257-8 at close of play.
“It’s a pleasing draw in a sense because we fought back from 199-8 in our first innings,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“The bonus points keep us at the top of the table but the chasing pack have a game in hand and we’ll need to take points from Somerset and Durham in the next two weeks.
“I was surprised a bit by the reluctance of Durham’s batsmen to attack in the second innings but perhaps they were a bit concerned because of Michael Di Venuto’s hand injury.
“Stuart Broad has got overs under his belt and taken wickets for us and I won’t have any complaints if he plays for us at Taunton.”
Mark Wagh and Matt Wood were the only Notts players not to bowl in the game with Adam Voges’ left-arm spin accounting for Di Venuto, Ben Harmison and Phil Mustard.