Championship: Stokes 82 leads Durham effort in opposition to Glamorgan

Ben Stokes plays a shot

Ben Stokes hit 161 off 88 balls in his first game of the season at Worcester
LV= County Championship Division Two, Riverside, Chester-le-Street (day one)
Durham 311 (84.3 overs): Stokes 82, Petersen 78; Hogan 4-67
Glamorgan 31-2 (9 overs): Potts 2-18
Glamorgan (3 pts) trail Durham (3 pts) by 280 runs with eight wickets standing
Match scorecard

England captain Ben Stokes was in the runs again with 82 as Durham made 311 against Glamorgan after being put in.

Stokes’ innings mixed patience with a few big blows as he smashed two sixes off Ashes rival Marnus Labuschagne, though it was not the all-out assault of the previous week at Worcester.

South Africa’s Keegan Petersen made 78, but Durham’s total looked a touch below-par.

It soon seemed better as Glamorgan slumped to 31 for two.

The visitors owed much to opening bowlers Michael Hogan (4-67) and Michael Neser (2-26) after Timm van der Gugten went off with a recurring hamstring problem.

David Lloyd’s decision to bowl first looked the obvious one…