Durham v Somerset

  • Last Updated: April 13 2013, 14:32 BST

Excellent bowling by Durham's four seamers carried them to a 48-run win against Somerset in the LV= County Championship match at Chester-le-Street.

Ben Stokes: Impressed for Durham
Ben Stokes: Impressed for Durham

On a warm, pleasant morning the visitors had the best conditions of the match in which to score the 139 they needed with eight wickets standing at the outset.

But despite an impressive innings of 72 from Craig Kieswetter, he lacked support and was in danger of being left stranded when he was ninth out, looking to farm the strike.

Kieswetter was bowled by Ben Stokes, who finished with three for 34 as Somerset were dismissed for 186 after resuming on 96 for two.

They looked like coasting it in the first half hour as Kieswetter and James Hildreth added 34 runs, stroking the ball to the boundary as though they were batting at Taunton.

Hildreth eased Graham Onions' second ball of the morning through extra cover for four and Kieswetter, on 39 overnight, wasted little time in advancing to his 72-ball half-century.

His seventh four took him to the target and resulted from a misfield at mid-on by a Durham Academy boy who was substituting for Will Smith.

Hildreth reached 27 with a well-timed cut for four off Onions but offered no stroke to the next ball, which nipped in slightly and bowled him.

In the next over Jos Buttler looked unfortunate to be adjudged lbw to Chris Rushworth. He stepped across looking to work a straight ball to leg and it hit him high enough to cast doubt on the decision.

Rushworth then went within a coat of varnish of bowling Alex Barrow, but the youngster departed for two for the second time in the match when he pushed forward and edged Onions to Phil Mustard.

After an hour's play Durham made a double change, bringing on Stokes and Callum Thorp and both took an early wicket.

Peter Trego had not looked in much difficulty in making 12 but became the second batsman to look aggrieved when adjudged lbw by umpire Steve O'Shaughnessy.

But there could be no complaints from Alfonso Thomas when he was pinned on the crease by a fast inswinger from Stokes.

Kieswetter had become very circumspect, leaving anything he did not need to play at and displaying an immaculate forward defensive. But on 56 he suddenly drove Thorp for a straight six, then survived a sharp chance to Scott Borthwick at second slip off the same bowler.

In Thorp's next over Jamie Overton edged a drive to Borthwick, who held a comfortable catch this time to make it 161 for eight.

With 72 still needed, Durham spread the field when Kieswetter was on strike and he initially took the singles.

When he did try to heave Thorp over mid-wicket he narrowly avoided being bowled and his stumps were rearranged in the next over, when he tried to work another full, fast ball from Stokes to mid-on.

Lunch was delayed as last pair George Dockrell and Steve Kirby proved batting was nothing like the nightmare it had been on the second day. They resisted for nine overs before Kirby drove to mid-off.

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