The West Indies A side which is on a domestic tour of England is struggling in its first match against Durham. The tourists in reply to Durham’s 310 are 24 for 2 at stumps on Day 1 in a three-day match at Chester-le-Street. Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Durham were helped to a good total of 310 by the 20-year-old Ben Harmison who made an attacking 105 which contained 4 sixes. Former South African middle order batsman Dave Benkenstein made a useful 47. The homeside was bowled just over 80 overs with speedster Tino Best picking up 3 wickets. Dwayne Smith also picked up 3 wickets and Daren Powel, chinaman bowler Dave Mohammed chipped in with a couple of wickets. West Indies A which is led by Sylvester Joseph has lost both its opening batsmen Dwayne Smith and Sewnarine Chattergoon in the 7 overs bowled at them. England’s Test bowler, Liam Plunkett took the first wicket to fall that of Devon Smith’s.
Brief Scores : Durham 1st Inngs 310 all out (Ben Harmison 105 Dale Benkenstein 47, Tino Best 3/27 Dwayne Smith 3/54) Vs West Indies A 1st Inngs 24/2 (Graham Onions 1/9 Liam Plunkett 1/15) – Stumps on Day 1 at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street