Seconds Draw Final Championship Game

Seconds Draw Final Championship Game

Seconds Draw Final Championship Game

Sean Tindale on debut against Lancashire 2nd XI at Stockton (photo:Madeleine Prangley)

STUMPS, DAY THREE. Lancashire 2nd XI 266 & 159-5 v Durham 2nd XI 217. Match Drawn.

Points - Lancashire 12, Durham 11.

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Durham's final second eleven championship match of the season ended in a draw due to heavy rain at Stockton.

Visitors Lancashire started day three on 129-3 and added 30 runs for the loss of two wickets before play was abandoned.

Liam Livingstone reached a half-century but then edged a Josh Bousfield delivery through to wicket-keeper Stuart Poynter. Bousfield (2-34) also trapped Ross Zelem lbw for five.

Alastair Maiden's side are due to play two friendly matches before the end of the campaign, with a four day fixture at Northamptonshire set to commence on the 10th of September.

STUMPS, DAY TWO. Lancashire 2nd XI 266 & 129-3 v Durham 2nd XI 217 all out (Jennings 77, Richardson 52). Lancashire 2nd XI lead by 178 runs with seven second innings wickets remaining.

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Keaton Jennings and Michael Richardson both hit half-centuries before a dramatic collapse put Lancashire 2nd XI in charge on day two at Stockton.

Durham had reached 167-2 at lunch with Jennings (77) and Richardson (52) adding 97 for the second wicket before Richardson was dismissed on the stroke of the interval.

With the first ball after the break, Jennings was then caught behind and his dismissal sparked a slide from 167-3 to 217 all out in 22.4 overs.

Lancashire had reached 129-3 by the close of play to give the visitors a second innings lead of 178 with seven wickets in hand.

Durham's batting line-up is expected to be a lot different on the final day as Chris Rushworth, Richardson and Jennings are all included in the first team squad for the crucial Royal London One-Day Cup game with Surrey.

The day had started with a blow as Graham Clark edged the medium pace of Luis Reece through to wicket-keeper Ash Gowers for 31.

That wicket brought Richardson to the crease and he combined well with Jennings to build a solid platform. Richardson hit six boundaries and cleared the rope on one occasion too before Durham lost two wickets in two balls either side of the lunch interval.

Jennings, who has hit nearly 700 first class runs this summer, was next to go after a 158-ball stay in the middle that included 11 boundaries.

Although Ryan Pringle (13) and Rushworth (11) reached double figures, 18-year-old medium pacer Danny Lamb took 5-54 to rip through the Durham middle-order. Arron Lilley (3-43) was the other instigator of the hosts' afternoon slump as Lancashire seized a first innings lead of 49.

Openers Reece and James Drummond compiled 55 for the first wicket as the Lancastrians pressed home their advantage. Pringle (2-35) bowled 18 tidy overs though and trapped Reece lbw before Jennings sent Drummond back to the pavilion six balls later.

Andrea Agathangelou and Liam Livingstone pushed the score on to 125 and although Agathangelou was dismissed by Pringle shortly before stumps, Livingstone remained unbeaten on 42.

STUMPS, DAY ONE. Lancashire 2nd XI 266 all out v Durham 2nd XI 62-0. Durham 2nd XI trail Lancashire 2nd XI by 204 runs with 10 first innings wickets remaining.

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Durham's second string enjoyed a profitable first day against Lancashire 2nd XI at Stockton.

Chris Rushworth (2-36) combined with spin twins Ryan Buckley (2-29) and Max Morley (3-60) to bowl the visitors out for 266.

Lancashire skipper Luis Reece top-scored with 44 and Danny Lamb added 42 before he became the final wicket to fall.

In reply, Graham Clark (30*) and Keaton Jennings (32*) had reached 62 before stumps were drawn at the end of day one.

With first team coach Jon Lewis eager for Rushworth to bowl some overs before the LV=County Championship game with Lancashire begins on Friday, the 28-year-old was added to the squad at Stockton.

Rushworth is Durham's leading first class wicket-taker this season with 32 victims and he opened the bowling on day one.

Despite a typically miserly spell, the seamer couldn't grab an early wicket as Reece and Will Hale added 73 for the first wicket. This seemed to vindicate Reece's decision to bat first upon winning the toss, but Durham then fought back strongly.

Irish International Peter Chase bowled Hale for 31 and Chase also caught Reece to give Buckley a first wicket. South African Andrea Agathangelou appeared to be well set on 34 until Rushworth returned to have him caught by Jennings.

A score of 130-3 looked promising but two quick wickets from Morley helped to reduce Lancashire to 181-7. The Red Rose county were indebted to their last three partnerships, which added a combined score of 85 to give their first innings score a more respectable look.

18-year-old Sean Tindale, who plays club cricket for Hetton Lyons, bowled well on his 2nd XI debut conceding just nine runs from his six overs. Josh Bousfield also chipped in with two wickets to finish with figures of 2-51 from 14 overs.

Durham boast a strong batting line-up in this game with Michael Richardson and Ryan Pringle among the players still to come in, so they should be confident of registering a healthy first innings lead on day two.