Harmison steers Durham to win with hat-trick
Monday 02 June 2008
A hat-trick from Steve Harmison helped Durham claim a seven-wicket victory over Sussex, who slipped to their first County Championship First Division defeat of the season.
Acting captain Matt Prior produced a sparkling unbeaten 133 but Sussex were let down by fragile batting at the top of the order as they were bowled out for 212.
Harmison finished with figures of four for 75 with support from fellow Durham seamer Callum Thorp who collected four for 77.
That left Durham needing 126 to win and Michael Di Venuto set them up with a hard hitting 60 after Jason Lowry struck early on to remove Phil Mustard for a duck and first innings centurion Will Smith for nine.
Neil McKenzie (41 not out) and skipper Dale Benkenstein unbeaten on seven eased Durham home with a day to spare as the title holders suffered their first championship home defeat since the last game of the 2004 season.
A fine 85 from Ravi Bopara failed to stop Worcestershire from securing their first Division Two win of the season with a 75-run triumph over Essex at New Road.
Bopara put on 111 for the sixth wicket with James Foster after the visitors had been left a challenging target of 340.
They were eventually all out for 264 to enable Worcestershire to end a frustrating run of four weather-affected Second Division draws in a row, although they were docked three points for a slow over rate.
Tony Frost frustrated Gloucestershire with his fourth first-class century as Warwickshire battled to ensure a draw was the only feasible outcome on a drab third day of the Second Division match at Gloucester's Archdeacon Meadow.
The 32-year-old wicketkeeper, brought out of retirement this season, ground out his ton off 237 balls, with 12 fours.
It enabled his side to reach 399 for eight in reply to 420 against a home attack deprived of injured captain Jon Lewis.
Frost went on to a career-best 141 not out, receiving good support from Jim Troughton (79), Neil Carter (24), Chris Woakes (26) and Naqqash Tahir (33 not out).
Arsenal Champions League fixtures: Gunners to open with Dinamo Zagreb trip, plus daunting back-to-back Bayern Munich ties
Kevin De Bruyne to Manchester City: £58m deal hits the rocks as Wolfsburg admits they're 'in no rush' to sell former Chelsea midfielder
Pogba to Chelsea: Blues set to smash British spending record with £70m midfielder and £34m John Stones
Manchester City face another struggle to make an impact in Champions League
Paul Pogba to Chelsea: Transfer news live - John Stones latest, Gareth Bale and Neymar to Manchester United, Edinson Cavani to Arsenal
- 1 Hair loss explained: How and why men go bald
- 2 Game of Thrones season 6: Jon Snow theorists believe the Stark may have a twin sister
- 3 Artist takes LSD, draws herself over different stages of the 9-hour trip to show its effects
- 4 A pint of water every day is the key to losing weight, scientists say
- 5 Russia 'accidentally reveals' number of its soldiers killed in eastern Ukraine
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs