West Indies A 24 for 2 (Morton 5*, Joseph 0*) trail Durham 310 (Harmison 105, Best 3-27) by 286 runs
Ben Harmison continued the promising impression he has made at the start of his Durham career with 105 against West Indies A on the first day of their tour. Harmison was the mainstay of Durham's innings but found useful support from Dale Benkenstein. Liam Plunkett, playing this match at the request of the ECB to find batting form, was last man out for 28.
West Indies fielded a reasonably strong attack featuring Daren Powell, Tino Best and Dave Mohammad - all of whom have played Tests - but they were made to work hard for their wickets. Harmison and Benkenstein, 47, added 95 for the fourth wicket before Powell, Best and Dwayne Smith worked through the middle order.
Plunkett and Graham Onions then removed the West Indies' openers in a tricky session before the close. Devon Smith, the left-hander, was trapped lbw by Plunkett while Sewnarine Chattergoon, who has three one-dayers under his belt, was caught by Gary Scott to complete an uneasy start for the West Indies second string.