Title-chasing Durham paceman Graham Onions is determined to help clinch a quickfire victory on the third day of the Specsavers County Championship clash with Somerset today.
Durham went into the morning session needing 46 runs to win at Taunton after 35 wickets fell in two dramatic days, including 18 yesterday as Somerset were bowled out for 180 in their second innings.
Onions, who bagged four second-innings Somerset wickets on a ground usually known as a batsman’s paradise, said: “The game is moving on quickly and a quick game is a good game.
“The new ball has been key. As a seamer, it certainly is key when the ball nibbles around a little bit.
“It’s hard for the batters because it is so sandy and two-paced. They are finding it hard to get in although there have been some more than useful partnerships.
“The bowlers in the changing rooms aren’t complaining because it’s not often that you come to Somerset and find yourself in a position like this.
“But the bottom line is that you have to perform on whatever wicket is put in front of you. There is plenty left in the game, but we just have to make sure that we bat well and get that win on the board.”
Durham will go top of Division One, temporarily at least, if they complete the victory.
Somerset coach Matthew Maynard said: “It was one of those mornings where we hardly played and missed. Every good good ball got the edge. The first ball straightened on Marcus (Trescothick) and he nicked it.
“One has come back to the skipper, quite sharply and then, Hildy (James Hildreth) got a good ball. They were got out by decent balls.
“However, to be still in the game tonight from 33 for 6 is a great effort from the lads and especially our low middle order.
“It has been an absorbing game of cricket.
“Fair play to them, they have utilised the new ball brilliantly, especially in the second innings, when we knew that if we got off to a good start we could push on.
“But their seams have got a lot more out of this wicket than we thought they would.”