Three Injured As Durham Cruise Towards Title
Featured News | 9th September 2009
Durham will be crowned LV County Champions after losing just a single wicket for 377 runs on the opening day at The Riverside.
On a torrid day for Notts, three players were forced off with injuries and may have to be replaced in the field on Thursday.
Captain Chris Read dislocated his thumb in the morning session but still hopes to bat despite being ruled out of keeping wicket for the remainder of the match.
Andre Adams and Andy Carter are already in Durham with Matt Wood set to join the squad to ensure eleven players can take to the field for the second day.
Mark Ealham has a side strain after falling awkwardly whilst removing Kyle Coetzer with a run out and Charlie Shreck has aggravated his knee.
Coetzer scored 107 runs with his dismissal signalling the end of a new best ever opening stand for Durham. Michael Di Venuto is unbeaten on 219 and former Notts man Will Smith helped him reach close of play with a calm 22.
“Durham have batted well on a good pitch and it was a toss that we were desperate to win and bat ourselves,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“It is inevitably Durham’s title now because they will bat themselves into a position where we can’t win the game.
“It has been a difficult day for us all-round and we’ll have to assess the injured players in the morning and keep pushing for wickets.”
Chris Read dislocated his thumb