Burnham's Ton Downs Worcestershire

Burnham's Ton Downs Worcestershire


Jack Burnham scored 170 runs in the match against Worcestershire (photo: Madeleine Prangley)

By Rob Scanlon - Durham CCC Head of Media

Durham 2nd XI (249 all out; Burnham 54 & 345-4; Burnham 116, Mustard 81) beat Worcestershire 2nd XI (225 all out; Kervezee 67, Hepburn 53, Carse 6-42 & 363 all out; Kervezee 127, Hepburn 112) by six wickets.

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Points - Durham 22, Worcestershire 6.

Durham returned to winning ways in the second eleven championship with a fine six wicket victory over Worcestershire at Darlington.

A century from Jack Burnham and Phil Mustard’s 81 helped the hosts chase down a victory target of 340 on the final day, as Alastair Maiden’s side successfully bounced back from defeat to Warwickshire in their previous match.

After Jamie Harrison ran out Jack Butler to end the Worcestershire innings early in the morning session, Durham knew they had plenty of time to bat but lost Graham Clark in the sixth over.

That wicket brought Mustard to the crease and a superb partnership of 196 with Burnham changed the complexion of the game.

Burnham, an 18-year-old Academy scholar, batted with great concentration during his four hour innings and the Durham-born starlet was still there when Mustard was bowled by Shaaiq Choudry.

Choudry then accounted for Burnham lbw with the score on 261, meaning there was still a bit of work to do.

But Ryan Pringle clubbed a 28-ball 41 before Stuart Poynter (37* from 32 balls) and Adam Hickey (45* from 54) ensured Durham cruised to victory. Hickey hit leg-spinner Brett D’Oliveira for six to seal the win in style.

The two sides face each other again in two T20 games on Thursday at Chester-le-Street CC. The first match gets underway at 11.30am.

STUMPS, DAY TWO. Worcestershire 2nd XI (225 & 325-8; Kervezee 127, Hepburn 112) lead Durham 2nd XI (249 all out; Burnham 54) by 301 runs with two second innings wickets remaining.

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Centuries from Worcestershire pair Alexei Kervezee and Alex Hepburn wiped out Durham’s first innings lead on day two of the second eleven championship match at Darlington.

Kervezee (127) and Hepburn (112) shared a fifth wicket partnership of 144 to leave the visitors in a healthy position going into the final day’s play.

Durham had earlier established a slender first innings lead of 24 runs thanks to a half-century from Jack Burnham (54) and late order contributions from Josh Bousfield (38) and Brydon Carse (28).

The hosts then had Worcestershire in trouble at 14-2 but Kervezee, who has made 92 first class appearances, showed his quality in a 132-ball stay at the crease. The Dutch International found the boundary 16 times as Durham struggled to cope, despite using eight different bowlers.

Whilst Kervezee attacked, 19-year-old Hepburn adopted a more circumspect approach in reaching an excellent century before being run out by Burnham to end the day’s play.

STUMPS, DAY ONE. Durham 2nd XI (129-5) trail Worcestershire 2nd XI (225 all out; Kervezee 67, Hepburn 53; Carse 6-42) by 96 runs.

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Promising fast bowler Brydon Carse took six wickets for Durham’s second eleven on day one of the championship match with Worcestershire at Darlington.

The 19-year-old combined well with Jamie Harrison (3-19) to dismiss the visitors for 225, after captain Shaaiq Choudry had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Durham reached 129-5 by the close as Aadil Rashid claimed two late wickets, but Jack Burnham will start day two needing just one run to bring up a half-century.

Carse (6-42) started the day well, dismissing both openers for single figure scores inside the first ten overs. Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Brett D’Oliveria edged to Ryan Pringle at slip and Worcestershire slipped to 27-3 when Usman Arshad trapped George Rhodes lbw.

The experienced Dutch International Alexei Kervezee fought back with a bright 67 from 79 balls until he became one of Harrison’s three victims. Harrison also dismissed Alex Hepburn (53) before Carse returned to mop up the tail.

Phil Mustard, playing as a batsman in this match, came in at number three after Graham Clark departed early and hit five boundaries in his innings of 33.

Pringle perished for the same score and Stuart Poynter and Harrison were quickly dismissed by Rashid, but Burnham remained unbeaten.