General News | 1st August 2008

Notts Vs Durham (Day Three) Round-Up

Bilal Shafayat completed a memorable century to help Notts to a narrow first innings lead against Durham.

The third Notts century of the season and the first from an opening batsmen, Shafayat’s stand included 19 fours before he was caught behind by Phil Mustard off Liam Plunkett.

After Shafayat’s dismissal, Notts slipped from 177-5 to 199-8, Stuart Broad falling lbw to Plunkett for a second-ball duck.

Mark Ealham (33) and Darren Pattinson (28) added useful runs to edge Nottinghamshire past Durham’s first innings total of 266.

“Steve Harmison is always a handful but it makes it all the more pleasing when you get runs against high quality bowlers,” said Shafayat.

“He looks to get a wicket with every ball he bowls and he kept me on my toes.

“There’s three opening batsmen fighting for two spots and it’s important for me to take my chance whilst I’m in the team.

“I got a 60 against Yorkshire but every time I get out there and get in, I want to go big.

“It’s nice to be back in the side and it means a lot to me to get a hundred at Trent Bridge.”

Stuart Broad dismissed Wiseman and Smith as Durham reached a second innings score of 72-2 at close of play.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who hit just 7 runs off 75 balls, will resume alongside Mark Stoneman with Durham leading by 70 runs.

Bilal Shafayat

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