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Marcus must be beginning to think what does he need to do to beat us.  Even a big century from him this time was not enough.  Durham once again pulled off another great escape, with his team no doubt feeling slightly robbed yet again.  This happened at the same venue last year, that time denying Somerset the Championship title.

Nick Compton must feel a little like that too.  He scored his personal best of 254 not out in this match.

Nick’s last personal best was in 2006, when he played against us for Middlesex at Lord’s.  Again a match that ended in a draw.

And so the great escape again, again with no rain!  And on Friday the 13th too!

Rack up as many big centuries as you like against us….but you need to take 20 wickets to win!


We are being sponsored for 6 years.  This is good – Emirates are giving us money.  They had a competition – the winner got a trip to the Ashes this winter.   The ground is now to be known officially as Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, trips nicely of the tongue doesn’t it.  I racked my brains for a catchy name  – but was obviously on the wrong track.

I shall drop dead when people I know start referring to the ground as anything other than the county ground or the Riverside.  After all – the river has not moved.