Durham End Trophy Campaign With A Win

Durham End Trophy Campaign With A Win

Michael Richardson hit four sixes during his innings of 87 against Lancashire

STUMPS. Durham 2nd XI 210-4 (Richardson 87*, Pringle 72) v Lancashire 2nd XI 178-8 (Reece 62). Durham 2nd XI beat Lancashire 2nd XI by 32 runs.

Points - Durham 2, Lancashire 0.

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Durham signed off their second eleven trophy campaign in style with a 32-run victory over Lancashire in a rain-affected contest at Stockton.

With the ground hit hard by the recent inclement weather, the match didn't start until 4pm and was reduced to 22 overs per side.  

Michael Richardson (87*) and Ryan Pringle (72) combined to put on over a century for the third wicket as the hosts reached 210-4 after losing the toss.

Pringle (2-37) also contributed with the ball, whilst Peter Chase (2-26) and Max Morley (2-37) helped to ensure that Lancashire fell 32 runs short of their victory target.

Although Alastair Maiden's side cannot reach the semi-final stage, this result was important for confidence as it halted a run of five straight defeats in the second eleven trophy.

Openers Graham Clark and Keaton Jennings reached double figures but were both dismissed by former England Under 19 International Gavin Griffiths to leave Durham on 31-2.

Richardson was joined by Pringle at the crease and the pair batted superbly to put pressure on the visitors' attack. Richardson, who has been in fine form with the bat this year, anchored the innings well before accelerating late on to reach 87 from 63 balls including twelve boundaries.

Pringle was more aggressive in his approach, hitting 72 of the 120 runs the duo put on for the third wicket. The 22-year-old's strike-rate of nearly 200 meant he was firmly on course to reach a century before the innings closed.

However, Pringle departed for 72 and Stuart Poynter was then dismissed cheaply to leave Durham with work to do. Richardson suddenly shifted up a gear though and 48 runs were added from the final 22 deliveries.

In reply, visiting skipper Luis Reece was the major threat and he top-scored for Lancashire with 62. Reece has been averaging over 95 in this competition and a stand of 75 between the left-hander and Liam Livingstone (40) put Lancashire in a strong position.

At 125-2 in the 15th over, the red rose county were arguably favourites to win until Max Morley bowled Livingstone and Chase returned for a second spell to send Reece back to the pavilion.

Lancashire's innings had lost momentum and they were eight wickets down by the time the final ball was bowled.

The two sides play each other again in a second eleven championship match on Tuesday (11am start).

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