Durham’s championship winning batting

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Durham’s bowling attack is getting all the attention, but don’t forget that they’ve prepared pitches to suit it and their batsmen have had to bat on those very same tracks.

Not many of Durham’s batsmen have prospered. Most of their 2008 averages aspire to mediocrity. Of Durham players who’ve played more than a couple of games, only four average over 30.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul – 411 runs at 37.36

Shiv’s currently ranked as the best Test batsman in the world. You would hope for runs from him. As Lord Megachief of Gold, you would positively demand them.

Dale Benkenstein – 783 runs at 43.50

Players hit more runs at better averages for other counties, but these runs were more valuable. We move that Dale Benkenstein be nicknamed ‘Benkensteino’ from now on.

Michael Di Venuto – 1,058 runs at 46

No-one else made more than 1,000 runs for Durham. Australian batsmen who aren’t quite good enough for the Test side are so important in county cricket, it’s obscene. We move that Michael Di Venuto be nicknamed ‘Dio Venuto-o’ from now, on the grounds that it’s so catchy and easy to say.

Will Smith – 925 runs at 51.38

Will Smith is perhaps of most interest. He’s scored half of his first-class hundreds (three) this season and we’re not giving much away if we say he’ll be one to watch next season.


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  1. Good to see a young English lad on the list.

    So many good young English bowlers up there, it’s nice to see a batsman getting in on the action too.

  2. He’s also known as Posh Kid is Smith – so perhaps we should go down the Royal route and call him Wills.

    I must say, oh King, have been most impressed by the calm way you have accepted Lancashire’s v exciting and fighting end to the season to ensure they stay up. Were sceptres waved triumphantly and crowns and diadems thrown to the ceiling ecstatically in the King Cricket palace though?

  3. Strangely Onions is called Wills, but is shouldn’t cause any confusion – both the Harmisons are called Harmy.

  4. We have mixed feelings about Lancashire’s season. We wouldn’t have minded them getting a second division jolt to the system.

    Probably best they stayed up though. The second division’s not worth looking at these days.

  5. i agree, will smith is definitely ‘one to watch’ i especially enjoyed men in black and independence day, the latter i believe is a modern day classic.

  6. that is certtainly true t, you can most definetly see the shakespearian acting ability shining through from Mr Smith in Independence Day when he nuts that alien.

    Its so powerrful Kubric would cry.

  7. It also looks likely that Posh Kid will be Durham’s captain next year, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can continue his form into next season.

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