Speak and Collingwood boost Durham

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Durham had Nick Speak and Paul Collingwood to thank for passing the 300 mark against Somerset at Taunton.

Durham had Nick Speak and Paul Collingwood to thank for passing the 300 mark against Somerset at Taunton.

Speak hit 78 and Collingwood 74 as the visitors reached 324 for 6 from 110 overs - Jamie Grove was the best Somerset bowler with three wickets at a cost of 53 runs.

The Glamorgan batsmen Kevan James and Matthew Maynard were both among the runs in the game with Nottinghamshire at Cardiff. James and Maynard both hit 77, sharing in a stand of 103 for the third wicket as the host county totalled 288.

The visiting bowlers Andrew Harris and Richard Stemp, like James and Maynard, matched each other by sharing eight wickets.

Stemp's slow left arm returned figures of 4 for 67 and medium-pacer Harris claimed 4 for 101. Nottinghamshire's reply had reached 10 without loss by the close.

The Sussex pace bowler James Kirtley took six wickets for only 41 runs to take his season's tally to 52 and put the home side in charge against the Second Division leaders Northamptonshire in the promotion encounter at Eastbourne.

Northamptonshire, were dismissed for 110 and then Chris Adams went on to score an unbeaten 82 as Sussex pressed home their advantage. At the close they were 151 for 9 and held a lead of 41.

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