Di Venuto ton for Durham holds up Somerset

LV County Championship Division One, Emirates Durham ICG
Close, day three: Somerset 610-6 dec, Durham 237 & 227-3
Somerset 8pts, Durham 2pts
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Michael di Venuto
Di Venuto has now hit two hundreds and two half centuries this season

Michael di Venuto hit a second innings century to give Durham a chance of saving their match with Somerset.

Resuming their first innings on 182-4, Durham slumped to 237 all out with Gemaal Hussain taking 4-49 and Steve Kirby finishing with 3-56.

Following on, di Venuto amassed his second ton of the season (112), while Gordan Muchall contributed 61 in a second-wicket stand of 120.

Durham closed day three on 227-3, still needing 146 to avoid an innings defeat.

But two late wickets revived Somerset's hopes of a third successive County Championship win.

After looking capable of saving the game on 209-1, Muchall's departure, leg before to Peter Trego, was followed by di Venuto going 20 balls from the close.

His concentration finally lapsed when he shaped to drive a ball from Steve Kirby which was well wide of off stump and edged to visiting skipper Marcus Trescothick at second slip.

Somerset made use of Arul Suppiah's slow left arm as they await the arrival of Murali Kartik from Indian Premier League duty.

But, with Hussain, Kirby, Trego and Charl Willoughby in the wickets, they are so far coping with the lack of a good spinner.

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BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"Anyone watching Durham's capitulation mid-morning would have thought they didn't have the stomach for the fight and were already mentally beaten as they lost the last six wickets for just 46 runs in 12 overs.

"It looked like the game could be over by tea but what followed was the sort of gutsy rearguard action needed in such times of adversity.

"Crucially, di Venuto and Muchall both departed with six overs to go. And I think there's too much work to do for Durham on the final day. All they can hope for is a draw - and some rain."

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