Out in the cold

First published in Sport Durham Times: Photograph of the Author by

THE 20th anniversary of Durham’s first-class debut got off to a poor start with play delayed by an hour before Nottinghamshire added 51 runs without loss to lunch.

Michael Lumb had moved on from his overnight 104 to 116 when Graham Onions replaced Ben Stokes and beat the left-hander with an excellent first ball.

But the next one was short and was cracked to the cover boundary as Lumb proceeded to 127 at the break, with Chris Read on 27.

It was so cold that five Durham players wore woolly hats, and although they beat the bat a few times none of the four seamers looked particularly threatening. More rain, or snow, would be welcome.

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