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Khan removes Benkenstein but Ben Stokes leads Durham rally

Monday 17th May 2010

Amjad Khan eventually removed Dale Benkenstein after a four-hour stay for 114

Kent v Durham LV= County Championship Division 1, Day 2 in Canterbury
By Mark Pennell

Makhaya Ntini grabbed a spirited three for 58 but it was Durham who edged proceedings on day two at St Lawrence where contrasting hundreds by Ben Stokes and Dale Benkenstein took the visitors through to 347 for six.
Stokes, 18, fresh from a maiden championship ton at Trent Bridge six days ago ended the day unbeaten on 122 as Durham moved to within 77 of Kent“s first innings total.
The England Under-19 left-hander featured in a superb fifth-wicket stand worth 143 with Dale Benkenstein who batted almost four hours for his 158-ball century only to go to the first delivery with the second new ball. Leaving on length, he allowed one from Amjad Khan through to peg back the top of off-stump.
Soon after Ntini claimed his third of the day when Phil Mustard fenced at one from around the wicket to be caught behind and go for 10, but it was to prove Kent“s last success of a slightly frustrating day.
Led by South African Test legend Makhaya Ntini, the Kent attack served up very few scoring opportunities in the morning session and made the Durham top-order work for every run, but they lost their grip soon after lunch and Durham took full advantage.
In the mid-session Kent ended a third wicket stand of 118 in 31 overs when left-arm spinner Rob Ferley turned one through the gate of left-hander Michael Di Venuto (67) to make it 144 for three.
Five overs later Amjad Khan softened up Ian Blackwell (17) with a brace of bouncers and then bowled a length ball just outside off enticing the left-hander to attempt a forcing shot that he chopped on to off stump.
In pursuit of Kent“s first day total of 424 all out, Durham had reached 22 before they suffered their first casualty Kyle Coetzer for 12. Playing back to an Ntini off-cutter the former Scotland batsman was adjudged leg before to one that hit the right-hander just above the knee roll of his pad.
There was no doubt over Ntini“s second scalp however, when Scott Borthwick went four runs later with just two to his name. Ntini went around the wicket to change the angle to the left-hander who pushed at one holding its line up the slope and edged to Martin van Jaarsveld at second slip.
Things might have looked even rosier for Kent had they not given a life to Di Venuto just before lunch. The Australian was on 32 when van Jaarsveld dropped a sharp chance down by his left boot at slip off Ferley.