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Experienced pair give Durham the edge

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Paul Collingwood and Dale Benkenstein tipped the balance Durham's way on the first day of the LV= County Championship Division One relegation battle against Surrey at the Emirates Durham ICG.

The experienced duo shared an unbroken stand of 61 to take Durham to 119 for four after Surrey chose to bat first in sunny conditions and were dismissed for 129.

Durham slipped from 37 for one to 58 for four and Collingwood initially looked ill at ease, edging Tim Linley for four and surviving a big lbw appeal from Jade Dernbach.

But in the battle of two four-man seam attacks, Durham carried much more threat as Ben Stokes emerged with a season's-best 4-40.

Dale Benkenstein

Dale Benkenstein reached stumps unbeaten on 40, with Durham on the brink of overhauling Surrey's paltry first-innings score of 129

It threatened to be a frustrating morning for Durham until Stokes struck twice before seeing Jason Roy run out two balls before lunch.

When Arun Harinath was bowled by Chris Rushworth straight after the break, Surrey had lost four wickets for 26 and were struggling on 67 for five.

Harinath top-scored with 28 and put on 35 for the second wicket with with Rory Burns, who was bowled by a swinging yorker from Stokes.

Two overs later the all-rounder nipped one back to have Zander de Bruyn lbw for a duck.

The run-out then followed when Harinath looked for a single to square-leg and Roy failed to beat Mark Stoneman's direct hit.

Coming together at 80 for seven, Gareth Batty and Jon Lewis put on 37 - the latter pulling Rushworth in front of midwicket for six on his way to 23.

However, both men then departed with the total on 117 and it was not long before Durham were batting.

Stoneman fell in the third over, caught at midwicket off Dernbach, to bring debutant Keaton Jennings to the crease.

The former South Africa Under-19 captain, whose mother is from Sunderland, edged his first ball wide of the slips for four but otherwise looked very composed in making 23.

He was run out when de Bruyn made a diving stop at deep gully and threw down the stumps with Jennings unable to scramble back.

Stokes followed shortly afterwards, lobbing a leading edge off Linley to mid-on, but Collingwood survived 19 overs to reach 17 and Benkenstein prospered towards the end to finish on 40.

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