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Day 4 of 4
Hampshire won by 4 runs.

Durham vs Hants

Bond settles Riverside thriller

Last-wicket pair add 57, but fall with finish line in sight

Bond: finished the job in the nick of time

LV County Championship - Division One
Hampshire 239 (M A Carberry 78, S M Ervine 54, C D Thorp 5-64) & 256 (A D Mascarenhas 74, S J Harmison 6-122) v Durham 202 (M J Di Venuto 56, S E Bond 5-57) & 289 (D M Benkenstein 50, S E Bond 4-72)
Hampshire (18pts) beat Durham (4pts) by 4 runs

Shane Bond had Durham's last man Mark Davies caught behind to seal a dramatic four-run triumph for Hampshire at the Riverside, their first win in this season's Championship.

Last-wicket pair Stephen Harmison and Davies looked to be inching the hosts towards a target of 294 during a half-century stand, having come together at 232-9.

Durham began the final day on 185-6 but lost key man Dale Benkenstein (50), caught behind off Bond, shortly after he had added the four runs required for his half-century.

Callum Thorp was bowled by Chris Tremlett (2-74) for a duck and, when Paul Wiseman followed for 28, caught by John Crawley off James Tomlinson's (1-50) bowling, things looked bleak for the home crowd.

But Harmison (36no), who had earlier taken eight wickets in the match, and Davies staged a remarkable recovery, repelling everything that came their way from the Hampshire bowling attack, led by the pacy duo of Bond and Tremlett.

The last-wicket partnership was extended to 57 and within one hit of victory when Bond made his final intervention, removing Davies (19) to bowl Durham out for 289 and finish with figures of 4-72.

Day three

Durham stumbled to 185-6 in pursuit of a victory target of 294 by the close of the third day against Hampshire at the Riverside.

The visitors' hopes rest with captain Dale Benkenstein, who is unbeaten on 46 with just the tail left for company.

Will Smith (33) and Neil McKenzie (48) shared a third-wicket partnership of 57, but both departed short of half-centuries in quick succession to leave Durham struggling at 126-4.

And that soon became 166-6 when Phil Mustard (6) and Ben Harmison (11) failed to hang around for long. Paul Wiseman joined Benkenstein to steady things but Durham still require 109 runs heading into the final day.

Earlier, Hampshire skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas struck 74 to allow his side, who have yet to win in the Championship this season, to extend their second innings from 186-6 to 256 all out.

Day two

A fine spell from Steve Harmison dragged Hampshire back from a position of dominance at the Riverside, but the visitors still have a healthy 223-run lead going into the third day.

The former England paceman took four wickets in the space of six overs to peg Hampshire back from 93 without loss to 186-6 at the close after Durham were dismissed for 202 earlier in the day.

The hosts lost all their remaining eight wickets to edged catches with 'keeper Nic Pothas claiming six victims, Michael Di Venuto top scoring with 56 - Shane Bond taking the last four wickets to finish with 5-57 in his final match.

Michael Carberry and Michael Brown set about extending Hampshire's first innings lead of 37 and were rarely troubled until a moment of inspiration from Ben Harmison, running out Brown for 43.

Carberry then played on to Callum Thorp four short of a half century before Harmison found his best form, ripping through the middle order with some fast, aggressive bowling.

But Sean Irvine survived a strong appeal early on to reach 46 and make sure Hampshire did not squander their strong position.

Day one

Honours were even after a rollercoaster day at the Riverside as Durham reached 59-2 at the close after Hampshire had squandered a strong mid-afternoon position, slipping from 159-3 to 239 all out.

Callum Thorp claimed the first two victims for Durham in a tight 11-over spell and grabbed three more after lunch, as a late collapse saw five Hampshire wickets go down for just 32 runs.

The Western Australia swing bowler, who holds a British passport, finished with 5-64 while he was well supported by Ben Harmison, who took 3-25.

After his superb bowling in last week's win at Hove, Ben's brother Steve was removed from the attack after four wayward overs in the morning, but was more impressive in his final wicketless spell after tea.

Durham's Michael Di Venuto survived a controversial incident to keep his wicket intact to the close. He had made six when Michael Lumb claimed a low catch at first slip off Dimitri Mascarenhas.

Di Venuto stood his ground and was given not out, although he had another scare on 31 when he all-but played on against Chris Tremlett, but finished unbeaten on 35.

Match Details

6th Jun 2008
The Riverside, Chester-le-Street
J H Evans and G Sharp


Batsman R
Stoneman c Lamb b Bond 21
Di Venuto c Pothas b Tremlett 9
Smith b Lamb 33
N.D. McKenzie c Pothas b Mascarenhas 48
Benkenstein c Pothas b Bond 50
Mustard c Brown b Bond 6
Harmison c Lamb b Ervine 11
Wiseman c Crawley b Tomlinson 28
Thorp b Tremlett 0
Harmison not out 36
Davies c Pothas b Bond 19
Extras 4nb, 3w, 9b, 12lb 28
Total 109.0 Overs 289
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Tremlett 33 10 74 2
Bond 25 5 72 4
Tomlinson 18 3 50 1
Mascarenhas 18 6 32 1
Ervine 9 3 14 1
Lamb 6 0 26 1
Full Bowling Card