Bowler Jamie Harrison returned figures of 4 for 104 on Day Two (Getty images)
CLOSE: Derbyshire 2nd XI (498-9 dec; Hughes 216no, Thakor 108) drew with Durham 2nd XI (1st inns: 294; Burnham 94no, G Clark 56, J Clark 47; Durham 2nd XI 2nd inns: 207-8 dec; Burnham 95no, Hickey 39)
DURHAM 2nd XI’s game at Belper ended in nail-biting fashion as they fought successfully to avoid an innings defeat on Day Three of their championship game against Derbyshire’s second string.
Enormous credit for their survival has to go to 19-year-old Jack Burnham who ended both of Durham’s innings unbeaten in the 90s.
The visitors had begun the final day on 246-7, still a long way behind Derbyshire’s mountainous 498-9 declared.
That huge innings had been underpinned by an unbeaten 216 from Alex Hughes and 108 from Shiv Thakor, and Thakor continued the damage with the ball - taking a four-for with Durham eventually dismissed for 294.
That was short of the follow on but Durham had done well to reach that figure after being 167-6 before stubborn resistance from Ryan Buckley in particular allowed Burnham to flourish on his way to an undefeated 94.
Durham’s second innings did not start well.
Graham and Jack Clark had shared a century partnership in the first time around but - as in the first innings - were accounted for by that man Thakor, with only 20 runs on the board.
Burnham though was brought in at number three and continued his imperious form, despite partners falling at intervals around him.
Adam Hickey and Dylan Budge offered solid support in the middle order.
But it was only fitting that Burnham should be there at the end to see the game over the line as Derbyshire’s total was gradually approached and then edged past.
Patience and discipline helped see Durham and Burnham through - the batsman scoring his first innings 94 from 154 balls and his second innings 95 from a watchful 225.