Mustard must try to cut deal for Durham

County Round-Up

A start delayed until 1pm and subsequent stoppages for bad light brought more frustration for the Championship leaders Durham at Chester-le-Street, where captain Phil Mustard found bowling bonus points hard to come by.

His only hope now is a deal with opposite number Jimmy Adams with the aim of forcing a result off near-doomed Hampshire.

Durham led by 23 points when they completed a double over Lancashire in June but it is now six – and they are idle next week, when second-placed Lancashire face Worcestershire at Blackpool, Somerset take on Nottinghamshire at Taunton and Warwickshire, who have two games in hand, meet Hampshire at Edgbaston.

Bonus points came slowly yesterday as Neil McKenzie made a patient 90 before being caught behind off Chris Rushworth and Dimitri Mascarenhas a rapid 50 before falling in similar fashion to Mitch Claydon.

Hampshire's hopes of signing James Foster from Essex for next season have been thwarted after the former England wicketkeeper agreed a three-year deal to stay at Chelmsford.

Kent may be worried by doubts over the future of captain Rob Key and batsmen Joe Denly and Sam Northeast, but the county in disarray at Canterbury yesterday appeared to be Surrey, who completed a shambolic performance by being bowled out for 104 in just 28.2 overs to lose by 265 runs inside three days.

In difficult conditions Key put uncertainty to one side, carrying his bat for a fine 110 from 230 all out, leaving Surrey with a putative target of 370. But after Darren Stevens increased his match haul to a career-best 11 for 70 – his first-ever 10-wicket tally – the off-spinner James Tredwell cleaned up the last five to leave Surrey not only humiliated but probably out of the Second Division promotion race.

Derbyshire, meanwhile, have put themselves firmly back in contention by taking 19 Gloucestershire wickets in a day at Derby, bowling them out for 220 and then 302 following on, to leave themselves a modest target of 110 to win and go third.

Meanwhile, leaders Northamptonshire fought back well at Lord's, where veteran Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas took five for 76. Middlesex's 317, with a half-century from wicketkeeper Josh Simpson, looked challenging but a 158-run stand by Northants openers Stephen Peters and Mal Loye made it look a little less impressive.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried