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Durham won by 10 wickets.

Surrey vs Durham

Durham storm to the top

Harmison burst sets up 10-wicket win

Stoneman: Calm fifty

LV County Championship - Division One
Guildford - Day Four
Surrey 220 (S A Newman 113, B W Harmison 4-27) & 323 (U Afzaal 73, S A Newman 65, J N Batty 50, S J Harmison 4-102) v Durham 410 (W R Smith 201 no, P Mustard 62, J Ormond 4-90) & 134-0 (M D Stoneman 60 no, M J Di Venuto 57 no)
Durham (21pts) beat Surrey (4pts) by 10 wkts

Steve Harmison took three for 10 in 13 balls as Durham stormed to the top of Division One with a 10 wicket victory.

The former England paceman helped bowl Surrey out for 323 in their second innings before Mark Stoneman (60) and Michael Di Venuto (57) knocked off the 134 required with 10 overs to spare.

Resuming on 185 for three, Usman Afzaal reached his half-century in 74 balls and promptly lofted spinner Paul Wiseman for six in the next over.

Twenty minutes before lunch Wiseman exacted revenge when Afzaal, on 73, was caught behind cutting, ending a stand of 135 with Gareth Batty in 37 overs.

Batty completed a patient 140-ball fifty, including six fours, just before lunch, when Surrey led by 76, but fell in suicidal fashion to the first ball after the interval.

He went down the pitch to Wiseman and hit a firm drive straight to Steve Harmison at wide mid-off. Despite the unfavourable angle, Harmison hit the stumps with Batty still short of his ground.

In the next over Chris Schofield completed a pair when he edged his first ball, from Liam Plunkett, to wicketkeeper Phil Mustard.

Plunkett had been expensive in his early overs, but he was still entrusted with the second new ball and, with the score on 294, he bowled Matthew Spriegel with a delivery which swung late.

Steve Harmison proved to be an even more unplayable prospect for the Surrey tail, claiming the last three wickets in successive overs.

Jimmy Ormond and Murtaza Hussain were comprehensively bowled and last man Jade Dernbach edged to Ben Harmison at slip.

Openers Stoneman and Di Venuto removed any anxiety Durham may have had by taking 40 off seven overs before tea. As victory neared they completed their fifties off 82 and 81 balls respectively.

Day Three

Durham number three Will Smith scored an exceptional unbeaten double-century as his side took control of the LV County Championship Division One match against Surrey on a rain-interrupted day at Guildford.

Durham are on course to record a victory - weather permitting - on the final day after the home side finishing still five runs adrift on 185-3 in their second innings.

Smith began the day on 126 and after reaching his 150 in the 15th over of the morning, he pushed on to 201 not out, including 22 fours, to see Durham past the 400-mark.

After being bowled out for 410, Durham led by 190 runs but they struggled to press home their advantage as Surrey began their second innings brightly.

Scott Newman raced to a half-century, passing it with a six and a four from Liam Plunkett, who went for 21 runs in his first over.

However, Paul Wiseman removed Newman for 67 after tea, ending a 96-run opening stand, and two more quick wickets fell.

Stewart Walters went to Thorp for 33, caught by Steve Harmison - and the former England bowler claimed the wicket of Chris Murtagh (12) with a bouncing ball catching an outside edge and flying to Callum Thorp at third slip.

Day Two

Will Smith's unbeaten century held Durham together on the second day at Guilford and helped them into a first-innings lead against Surrey.

The visitors resumed on 44-3 and Smith set about rebuilding the innings as he dominated two fifty partnerships before passing three figures not only himself but in conjunction with Phil Mustard in their sixth wicket stand.

Smith and Dale Benkenstein had moved their partnership onto 52 when the skipper became James Ormond's third wicket and was out for 25, with the score on just 73 just after a rain delay.

Smith controlled his stand with Ben Harmison as he scored all but nine of their 55 for the fifth wicket before yet again he lost his partner.

England wicketkeeper Mustard proved a more solid partner for Smith and he enabled him to move into three figures, while Mustard himself move beyond 50.

When stumps were drawn early because of bad light, Smith sat unbeaten after a fine innings of 126 which came from 269 balls including 15 boundaries.

Mustard for his part registered 62 from 134 as they two men combined for 131 and moved Durham 39 runs in front at the halfway point of the match.

Day One

Scott Newman's century for Surrey was a rare highlight for the batsmen at Guildford as 13 wickets fell on the opening day.

Already without injured skipper Mark Butcher, the home side suffered another blow before the toss when Mark Ramprakash was forced to pull out.

In the absence of their two senior players wicketkeeper Jonathan Batty took over the captaincy and decided to bat first after winning the toss.

However, Newman's innings of 113, which contained 15 fours and a six, was a lone hand as seamer Ben Harmison overshadowed older brother Steve by claiming 4-27.

Only two other Surrey players managed to reach double figures in their total of 220. Liam Plunkett finished with 3-49.

Durham found life equally tough when it came to their turn to bat, Jade Dernbach bowling opener Michael Stoneman with only five on the board.

James Ormond, playing instead of the sidelined Pedro Collins, then picked up two crucial scalps in the closing overs, firstly getting Michael Di Venuto caught behind and then dismissing Shivnarine Chanderpaul for just five.

Match Details

Date
16th Jul 2008
Toss
Venue
Guildford
Umpires
M J Harris and N J Llong

durham BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Stoneman not out 60
Di Venuto not out 57
Extras 4nb, 1w, 7b, 5lb 17
Total 34.4 Overs 134 - 0
Full Batting Card

surrey BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Ormond 4 0 25 0
Dernbach 5 0 32 0
Hussain 15 1 32 0
Jordan 6 1 21 0
Schofield 4.4 2 12 0
Full Bowling Card