Plunkett takes 5 as Durham start strongly

Frizzell County Championship Division Two, 2005
Leicestershire v Durham
Grace Road, Leicester
13,14,15,16 April 2005 (4-day match)

Mike Hussey, one of a fair number of Aussies playing county cricket again this season (a good thing), made a magnificent 250, taking Durham up to 523-8D. The next highest score was 82, which puts his innings into context.

Leicester were finally able to bat, only to be skittled out for a paltry and pathetic 123 – the number 11 top scoring with 22. The point of this is a Liam Plunkett, who many regard very highly. I’d been under the impression he was an out’n’out quick, but Cricinfo have him labelled as RMF. Opening the bowling with him was one Stephen Harmison who remained wicketless.

Durham is England’s newest county, and have struggled since their conception – it’s great to see them start so strongly in their first game of 2005, and pressing for a not unlikely win.