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Benkie eyes county record

2011-07-05 20:56

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town - Dale Benkenstein's golden run in County Championship cricket continues - and he is even in with a stab at breaking the Durham record for most first-class runs in a season.

The 37-year-old former Proteas and Dolphins middle-order batsman recently went over the 1 000-mark in 2011, as the English summer reaches roughly its halfway stage.

Benkenstein has scored 1 003 Championship runs thus far at an average of 83.58, leaving him second behind former England opener Marcus Trescothick (1 102 runs at 78.71) for total runs scored and second also on the Division One averages behind Durham teammate Phil Mustard, who has benefited from a few "not outs" down the order during his 442 runs at 88.40.

Thanks in no small part to Benkenstein's consistency at the crease, Durham presently top the four-day table with 169 points from 10 matches, 23 ahead of second-placed Lancashire, who have a game in hand.

The Zimbabwean-born campaigner has a chance of seriously challenging Australian Michael Di Venuto's Durham record of 1 654 runs in a single season (2009).

As it is Benkenstein commands third place in the county's batting annals anyway, courtesy of his 1 500 runs exactly in 2006; second position is occupied by Wayne Larkins (1,536 Durham runs in 1992), a former English rebel tourist in South Africa.

Championship fixtures resume this weekend in England after a break during Twenty20 activity.
 

Sport24

Comments
  • Villain - 2011-07-05 21:29

    Remember that Trescothick plays his home cricket on the flat Somerset pitch at Taunton, so his average is skewed by this. Well played Benky.....all that experience being put to good use!

  • Obama Bin Laden - 2011-07-06 07:33

    Houwing, how did you managed to stop yourself from launching into a lyrical prose memoir about is school, his headmaster and his hostel nickname?

  • Caleb Moyce - 2011-07-06 12:30

    SA talent representing all over the globe...lol

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