So at the end of the second day Hampshire still lead by 61 runs, though Durham have 5 wickets in hand. After Briggs' fine efforts this morning, the bowling was rather benign on an equally placid wicket. di Venuto and Coetzer knocked up a hundred opening partnership similar to Carbs and Adams yesterday. However that man Briggs broke the partnership and continued to chip away (Griff flattened Benkenstein's stumps) until predictably Blackwell went on the counter attack. Thankfully he was removed for a vicious 80 odd, to give Hampshire yet another chance of keeping the game alive. The fast bowling was disappointing, as both Ali and Griffiths were expensive whilst Tommo went wicketless. Shock of the day goes to Sean Ervine who picked up a wicket! At least he made some contribution.
As for tomorrow I can't foresee Durham falling short of Hampshire's score. It will certainly be tough for Hampshire's batsmen as they will have to knock off any defecit before they can start setting Durham a challanging total. The key question is, how much will the defecit be?
It will be okay
3 months ago