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Adam Mountford Adam Mountford | 07:16 UK time, Wednesday, 13 May 2009

After England's three-day victory at Lord's, the TMS team now moves onto Chester-le-street for Thursday's second Test.

It may have been a short game at the home of cricket, but there were still plenty of highlights both on the field and in the TMS box.

The Brian Johnston Champagne moment we agreed was Graeme Swann dismissing Devon Smith and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in successive balls, the start of an impressive match for the popular spinner.

If we had to nominate a champagne moment for an event in the TMS box I think it would have gone to Jonathan Agnew for his grilling of Marks and Spencer executive chairman Sir Stuart Rose about the price of bras. This was to be honest not a conversation I was expecting to hear this summer...!

Victoria Beckham is said to be a fan of jeweller Theo FennellWe have another successful businessman as our "View from the Boundary" this week.

Jeweller to the stars Theo Fennell will be joining Jonathan during Saturday's lunch interval.

Fennell counts names such as David and Victoria Beckham, Elton John, Liz Hurley and Elle Macpherson among his customers and has earned a reputation as one of the most original jewellers in the world.

But despite enjoying a highly successful 27 year career in the jewellery trade, Fennell has said his secret wish is to have been the England cricket captain.

He is a very serious England cricket fan who once said "If England do badly, it can genuinely send me into a black, inconsolable depression". Let's hope the match is going OK when he joins us in the commentary box!

Friday's lunch interval will be dedicated to the story of Durham's Championship-winning season of last summer and tracing the team's 16-year journey from first-class new boys to title winners. We'll hear from some of the 1992 side including Sir Ian Botham as well as those involved in last year's success.

Thursday's lunch interval should be fascinating especially if you've ever wondered what would happen in a village cricket match if a cow suddenly steps through a damaged hedge on to the pitch, the batsman strikes the ball, which bounces off the cow's rump and is caught... is the batsman out?

That is just one of the bizarre scenarios which features in a new book "You Are the Umpire" based on the successful column in the Observer newspaper.

Author Paul Trevillion and top umpire John Holder will be on hand to answer your queries about the laws of the game.

So let me know your queries , however strange they may be , and we will do our best to answer them. E-mail or add your thoughts to this blog.

Also during our coverage from Durham we will be speaking to the author of a fascinating and very revealing new biography of Kevin Pietersen, we'll be finding out how successful the relocated Indian Premier League has been in South Africa and we'll be meeting members of the Netherfield Cricket Club who have received the 1,000th Capital Grant awarded by the ECB since the Ashes victory in 2005.

Our expert summarisers at Durham will be TMS favourite Vic Marks, England's most capped player Alec Stewart and former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop.

We are delighted that Ian has been able to join us as a late replacement for Viv Richards who unfortunately had to pull out of the tour because of a family illness.

Arlo White and Graham Gooch will be providing updates 15 minutes on Five Live with regular contributions from Geoff Boycott who will also join Jonathan Agnew at the close of each day's play for the legendary TMS Podcast.

Check out our interactive scorecard which goes alongside the TMS commentary - details at and I'll also be twittering from Durham as well, so get a flavour of what we are up to in the TMS box at

It all get's under way at 1045 BST on Thursday on Five Live Sports Extra, Radio Four Long wave and online.



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