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DURHAM picked up only their eighth batting from nine games before they were all out for 243.
Play began at 2pm and on a sunny afternoon there was no shortage of entertainment as runs flowed and wickets fell.
The fact that Dale Benkenstein (30) and Scott Borthwick (10) were both clean bowled by Gareth Andrew when playing defensively suggested there was plenty of help in the pitch.
On that basis the Durham bowlers will fancy their chances as they should be able to improve on the later efforts of the home bowlers.
When Richard Jones replaced Andrew, who also had Michael Richardson caught at second slip for a duck, Phil Mustard picked up his third ball sweetly into the hands of deep square leg.
It spoilt a good innings of 32 by the deposed captain and he must have been kicking himself as Jones proceeded to bowl rubbish.
By repeatedly dropping short he allowed Graham Onions to race into the teens, but it was Callum Thorp who brought up the 200 with an off-driven four off Jack Shantry.
He also clipped Shantry to the mid-wicket boundary twice in one over on his way to 30 before Alan Richardson had him caught at third slip, ending a stand of 39 in seven overs.
Onions was left unbeaten on 25 when Chris Rushworth skied an attempted pull off Richardson, who finished with four for 52.