Seconds Denied By Rain At Brandon

Seconds Denied By Rain At Brandon

Seconds Denied By Rain At Brandon

Rain washed out the final day of play between Durham 2nd XI and Worcestershire 2nd XI

STUMPS, DAY THREE. Worcestershire 2nd XI 209 & 218-5 v Durham 2nd XI 390. Match Drawn.

Points - Durham 13, Worcestershire 11.

Durham's second string were denied the chance to press for a victory as rain washed out the final day of play at Brandon.

Alastair Maiden's side had a strong grip on the game with Worcestershire five wickets down and just 37 runs ahead in their second innings.

But poor weather frustrated the hosts on Friday and the umpires were eventually forced to abandon efforts to get play started.

The 2nd XI are next in action on Monday 4th August when they take on Nottinghamshire in a trophy match at South North CC.

STUMPS, DAY TWO. Worcestershire 2nd XI 209 & 218-5 (Andrew 103*) v Durham 2nd XI 390 all out (Clark 129, Poynter 66, Bousfield 54*). Worcestershire 2nd XI lead Durham 2nd XI by 37 runs with five second innings wickets remaining.

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Durham 2nd XI are closing in on a first victory in four championship games after an excellent second day against Worcestershire at Brandon.

Stuart Poynter (66) and Josh Bousfield (54*) lifted the hosts to an imposing first innings total of 390, a lead of 181.

Despite an unbeaten century from visiting captain Gareth Andrew (103*), Worcestershire lost five wickets before the close and have just a slender second innings advantage of 37 runs.

Resuming the morning on 110, Graham Clark helped to complete a century partnership with Poynter before the captain was caught behind for a fine 129.

Nine boundaries from the Hammersmith-born Poynter propelled Durham towards 300, before Bousfield hit an important half-century.

Bousfield, a 20-year-old Academy product who was born in Barnard Castle, scored quickly and posted his maiden championship fifty before the final wicket fell.

Durham's Irish International Peter Chase then bowled superbly, conceding just 12 runs from 11 overs. He dismissed Worcestershire's top three batsmen, but not before Will MacVicar and Gareth Andrew had added a resilient 113 for the third wicket.

MacVicar was eventually bowled by Chase for 42 and the spin of Ryan Pringle and Max Morley accounted for Alex Hepburn and Jamie Harris shortly before stumps.

STUMPS, DAY ONE. Worcestershire 2nd XI 209 all out (Rhodes 55, Coughlin 5-39) v Durham 2nd XI 221-3 (Clark 110*). Durham 2nd XI lead Worcestershire 2nd XI by 12 runs with seven first innings wickets remaining.

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Paul Coughlin and Graham Clark combined to put Durham in a commanding position on day one of their second eleven championship match with Worcestershire.

Coughlin was drafted into the side after narrowly missing out on selection for the first team's game with Warwickshire and responded by taking 5-39 from just 13 overs to dismiss the visitors for 209.

Captain Clark then hit a superb unbeaten century to give his side a narrow first innings lead with seven wickets still in hand, and two days of play left at Brandon.

After Worcestershire had won the toss and elected to bat, Matthew Pardoe (31) and George Rhodes (55) gave the men from New Road a positive start as they raced to 70-0 inside 14 overs.

Although both openers departed before lunch, captain Gareth Andrew led his side in at the interval on 164-2 and it looked like it was going to be a long day in the field for Durham.

The day turned dramatically after the break though as three wickets fell in the space of eight balls without a single run scored.

Will MacVicar was caught behind by Stuart Poynter off the bowling of Coughlin, before Coughlin contributed again as he took a catch to dismiss Andrew for 27. Jamie Harris was then run out second ball and suddenly the score had shifted to 168-5.

Coughlin grabbed two more wickets to record his best ever figures in second eleven championship cricket and leave Durham with nearly 50 overs to bat before stumps.

Rammy Singh edged behind in the fifth over, but Clark and Ryan Pringle (42) added 79 for the second wicket before Pringle's punchy 40-ball innings came to an end.

Clark was ably supported by Reece Carr (21) and Poynter (26*) as he brought up his second championship century of the season.

The 21-year-old from Cumbria, who scored 122 against MCC YC in June, has been a model of consistency in recent weeks and his efforts on day one have given Durham an excellent chance of recording a victory.