Clark Century Inspires Emphatic Win

Clark Century Inspires Emphatic Win

Clark Century Inspires Emphatic Win

Graham Clark hit 13 boundaries in his innings of 122 at Shenley

STUMPS. Durham 2nd XI 315-9 (Clark 122, MacLeod 89) v MCC Young Cricketers XI 185 all out. Durham 2nd XI won by 130 runs.

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A man-of-the-match display from Graham Clark helped Durham 2nd XI thrash an MCC Young Cricketers XI by 130 runs at Shenley.

Clark, who represented MCC last season, struck a superb 122 against his former side and then took two wickets to help seal an emphatic win in the 2nd XI trophy.

The 21 year old Cumbrian was aided by his captain Calum MacLeod (89), with the pair putting on 166 for the first wicket as Durham posted 315 from their 50 overs.

In reply, the hosts were reduced to 76-4 in the 20th over and never fully recovered, with Jack Burnham bowling last man Jordan Price to wrap up the victory.

On a sunny day in the picturesque Hertfordshire village, MacLeod elected to bat first and the Scottish International played with his usual attacking intent. Scoring at more than a run a ball, MacLeod struck 12 boundaries and looked on course for three figures until he popped a return catch to bowler Adam Hose.

Both Ryan Pringle and Rammy Singh departed cheaply, but Clark and Stuart Poynter (42) combined well to put on 80 for the fourth wicket. Clark, a former England Under 17 International, reached his first century of the season before Poynter became Hose's third victim.

Clark had accelerated and smashed four sixes before he was then bowled by Adam Dobb, with four more wickets falling in the final 31 balls of the innings to slightly damage Durham's momentum.

Irish pace bowler Peter Chase (2-34) gave Alastair Maiden's side the perfect start though, as he bowled Matt Renshaw with the first delivery of the innings. The Dublin-born seamer then accounted for Dan Hampton, as the hosts' struggled in the early stages.

Pringle's miserly spell of 2-26 from 10 overs increased the pressure, and two late wickets from Clark rounded off a satisfying day's work.

The 2nd XI face the same opposition in a three day championship contest starting on Tuesday at Shenley, with the match set to start at 11am.

Squad: Calum MacLeod*, Stuart Poynter+, Adam Hickey, Graham Clark, Ryan Pringle, Rammy Singh, Andy Ireland, Ryan Buckley, Peter Chase, Matt Milnes, Jack Burnham, Max Morley.