Ryan Pringle takes a catch to dismiss Matthew Cross at Brandon (photo: Alison Sutherland)
By Rob Scanlon - Durham CCC Head of Media
CLOSE. Durham 2nd XI (296 all out; Bousfield 68, Coughlin 54) beat Leicestershire 2nd XI (66 all out; Harrison 6-17 & 172 all out; Bousfield 4-39) by an innings and 58 runs.
Points - Durham 21, Leicestershire 3.
Durham trounced Leicestershire by an innings and 58 runs inside two days of the second eleven championship match at Brandon.
Alastair Maiden’s side can now enjoy a well deserved day off after the bowlers took 15 wickets to wrap up a comprehensive victory on Wednesday.
Jamie Harrison (6-17 from 10 overs) ensured that the visitors were unable to recover from their overnight score of 50 for 5, and captain Gordon Muchall swiftly enforced the follow-on once Paul Coughlin (3-15) bowled last man Atif Sheikh inside the first hour of play.
Only three batsmen reached double figures in Leicestershire's meagre total of 66 and Durham had a healthy first innings lead of 230.
Coughlin took the new ball and dismissed skipper Dan Redfern before some brief resistance from Matthew Pardoe (30) and Aadil Ali (9) pushed the score towards 50.
From 44-1, Leicestershire collapsed to 72-5 at lunch thanks to the efforts of Josh Bousfield (4-39). The all-rounder, who will celebrate his 21st birthday on Saturday, had top-scored for Durham with 68 so was enjoying a match to remember.
Trialist Peter Drysdale hit 44 to delay the inevitable but Ryan Pringle (2-53) and Brydon Carse (2-20) sealed the win over two hours before the scheduled close of play.
The second eleven are next in action on Monday 18th May when they take on Warwickshire in two T20 games at Benwell Hill.
STUMPS, DAY ONE. Leicestershire 2nd XI (50-5; Harrison 4-6) trail Durham 2nd XI (296 all out; Bousfield 68, Coughlin 54) by 246 runs with five first innings wickets remaining.
Jamie Harrison fired with bat and ball as Durham’s second eleven launched a strong afternoon fightback on day one of the championship match against Leicestershire.
The 24-year-old, who is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation from knee surgery, scored a watchful 49 to help Durham recover from 148-8 to 296 all out.
Leicestershire’s top order was then blown away as Harrison returned astonishing figures of four wickets for just six runs in six overs.
The visitors closed on 50-5, a deficit of 246, which represented a sizeable turnaround in fortunes from the morning session.
Home skipper Gordon Muchall won the toss and elected to bat first, but Muchall and Ryan Pringle departed to successive Joe Dawborn deliveries, and five Durham batsmen were back in the pavilion by the time the players took an early lunch due to rain in Brandon.
Young opener Jack Burnham looked on as wickets tumbled at the other end until he was joined by Paul Coughlin and the pair added 86 for the sixth wicket.
Burnham edged Leicestershire's tall seamer Alex Wyatt and was caught behind just eight runs short of a half-century, but Coughlin was able to reach his fifty before perishing in identical fashion.
Another big partnership was required and Harrison joined forces with Josh Bousfield for a ninth wicket stand of 103. Bousfield, who has risen through the ranks at the club’s academy, stuck 11 boundaries in his innings of 68.
Harrison and Barry McCarthy (25*) then added 45 more useful runs before Harrison tore into the Leicestershire batsmen.
Brought on as first change after McCarthy had got rid of Matthew Pardoe, the left-armer reduced the Midlanders from 28-1 to 37-5 in the space of 14 deliveries to place Durham firmly in the ascendancy going into day two.