Peter Chase celebrates the wicket of Luke Fletcher (photo: Nigel Roddis/getty images)
STUMPS, DAY FOUR. Durham 253 & 309 v Nottinghamshire 188 & 320 (Wessels 90, Chase 5-64) Durham beat Nottinghamshire by 54 runs.
Points - Durham 21, Nottinghamshire 3.
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Durham found a new hero in 20-year-old Irish debutant Peter Chase as he took a five-wicket haul to set up a 54-run win against Nottinghamshire.
The result greatly eased Durham’s relegation worries and seriously dented the visitors’ title ambitions.
In taking five for 64 Chase reduced Nottinghamshire to 285 for nine and prompted lunch to be delayed. But in the extra half hour Durham missed two chances to catch last man Gary Keedy and Chris Read moved on to 47 before John Hastings bowled him in the last over before the break.
The luck of the Irish was obvious in Chase’s first two wickets, starting with the spectacular catch held by Calum MacLeod at gully yesterday.
But the confidence boost the 6ft 3in Dubliner took from having danger man Riki Wessels caught at deep mid-wicket resulted in some probing deliveries.
Registered two weeks ago because of Durham’s injuries, Chase hits the pitch quite hard and has made a strong case for an extended run in the side.
After Wessels’ exit he took two in two balls to reduce Nottinghamshire to 241 for eight, still 133 behind. But visiting skipper Read found a useful ally in Jake Ball, who made 20 before Chase had him caught at third slip.
Durham then took the new ball and Paul Collingwood recalled Hastings and Chris Rushworth, who put down a return chance before Keedy had scored.
After six fruitless overs Chase was recalled and had Keedy missed by Collingwood at first slip on eight.
But in the last over before lunch, a full ball from Hastings comprehensively bowled Read and the players celebrated near the splattered stumps.
Resuming on 197 for four, still needing 178, Nottinghamshire progressed easily enough in the first 40 minutes.
The only scare came when Wessels almost played on against Rushworth when trying to withdraw his bat after adding two to his overnight 77. In the next over the South African cover drove two fours off Hastings, but there was always a suspicion that both he and James Franklin were looking to play too freely.
The need to save some of his opening bowlers’ energy for the new ball after 80 overs prompted Collingwood to rest them after four overs each. It looked a gamble to bring on Chase but in his second over Wessels fell for the bait, pulling a catch straight to Gordon Muchall to depart for 90.
Franklin had played some languid strokes in reaching 39 but certainly didn’t give the impression that he was prepared to grind it out.
In the next over he pushed lazily forward to a ball from Paul Coughlin which nipped in slightly and had him lbw. The New Zealander departed with a long stare at umpire Jeff Evans.
Read was quickly underway with a four through backward point off Chase. He then on-drove Coughlin to the boundary, the ball disappearing under the rolled-up sheeting used to cover the square. It took four players several minutes to locate it and when they queried its condition the umpires changed it.
This may have worked in Durham’s favour as Chase suddenly found some movement to take two wickets in two balls.
A hint of in-swing found Ajmal Shahzad’s inside edge on the way to wicketkeeper Michael Richardson then Luke Fletcher pushed half forward and was lbw.
Ball helped to put on 44 with Read and Nottinghamshire would have been all out for 290 had Rushworth caught Keedy, who put on 35 with Read before the captain fell with the score on 320.
STUMPS, DAY THREE. Durham 253 & 309 (Collingwood 100) v Nottinghamshire 188 & 197-4 (Wessels 77*, Lumb 58). Nottinghamshire trail Durham by 177 runs with six second innings wickets remaining.
Points - Durham 5, Nottinghamshire 3.
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A heroic hundred by Paul Collingwood allowed Durham to set title-chasing Nottinghamshire a victory target of 375 at Emirates Durham ICG.
Collingwood, who had arrived at the crease on day two with Durham in trouble on 75-4, played a perfect captain's innings that helped his side set Nottinghamshire a daunting challenge.
It looked beyond them when they slipped to 66 for three, but Riki Wessels kept them afloat with an unbeaten 77, leaving a further 178 to be scored on the final day with six wickets standing.
The second man in Division One after Adam Lyth to 1,000 championship runs, Wessels scored 66 of his runs in Chester-le-Street’s evening sunshine as the only wicket to fall in the session resulted from a spectacular catch.
Michael Lumb had led a charmed life in reaching 58 but his luck ran out when a fierce slash was plucked out of the air by Calum MacLeod, leaping high to his right at gully.
It gave Irishman Peter Chase his first wicket in first-class cricket and the Irish pace bowler said afterwards: "I was very happy to get that first one out of the way, and hopefully that's the first of many for me.
"I was very nervous starting off, you don't know what it means to get that first one. I was just very, very happy"
Having played himself in carefully, Wessels hit Coughlin for three fours in an over as he passed 50 of 78 balls with ten fours. After recovering from 83 for five, Durham reached the unexpected heights of 309, despite losing Coughlin in the day’s third over.
They were 261 ahead with three wickets standing at the outset and only eight were added before Coughlin edged a good delivery from Jake Ball to Chris Read to depart for 39.
That brought in Chris Rushworth, who showed he can handle a bat in making 46 at Taunton in May, but had since passed ten only once.
He knuckled down and the only worry for Durham was that the ease with which he played confirmed that batting was much more straightforward than on the first two days. He allowed himself the occasional indulgence, twice hitting Gary Keedy to the boundary in front of mid-wicket, but showed excellent application in making 45 in a stand of 84.
Five minutes before the scheduled lunch break he left a good delivery from Ball, which clipped his off bail. With nine wickets down, lunch was delayed but Collingwood ensured that Chase saw very little of the strike as he collected the 17 runs he still needed to complete his first championship century for two years.
After Ajmal Shahzad conceded 46 runs in six overs yesterday, Nottinghamshire did not risk him again until Collingwood was on 96. With eight men on the boundary, he twice pushed towards long-on and took two runs to reach his century off 219 balls. He then tried a scoop shot off the next ball and was bowled.
Rushworth followed his fine knock with an excellent nine-over spell in which he had Lumb in all kinds of trouble.
With his score on 17 the left-hander had three close shaves in one over, surviving a confident lbw appeal then edging two successive balls through the slips for four. Then Lumb played and missed a couple of times and Rushworth had to be content with having Steven Mullaney lbw.
For the second time in the match James Taylor was lbw to a ball which moved into him only slightly. He had made six when he padded up to Coughlin.
Samit Patel made 11 before driving a return catch off the fourth ball when John Hastings returned for a second spell.
But in the remaining 35 overs Lumb’s was the only wicket to fall, with James Franklin contributing 26 to an unbroken stand of 76 with Wessels.
STUMPS, DAY TWO. Durham 253 & 196-7 v Nottinghamshire 188. Durham lead Nottinghamshire by 261 runs with three second innings wickets remaining.
Points - Durham 5, Nottinghamshire 2.
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Durham established a healthy second innings lead on another roller-coaster day at Emirates Durham ICG largely thanks to the all-round efforts of Paul Collingwood.
A week after agreeing to play on for another season, the 38-year-old captain was clearly determined to keep his side in Division One but was almost upstaged by someone a year older.
An opening stand of 51 in their second innings had given Durham a lead of 116, then Gary Keedy removed the three left-handers at the top of the order to spark a collapse to 83 for five.
After five sessions 25 wickets had fallen, but Collingwood dug in for dear life to follow up his three for 26, his best four-day haul since 2008, by surviving for two hours to make 38 not out.
Only two wickets fell after tea as Paul Coughlin provided able assistance for the final hour and on 196 for seven Durham lead by 261.
Keedy, making his first appearance for Nottinghamshire, finished with four for 56 after pinning John Hastings lbw for a second ball duck.
It looked like Gordon Muchall might hit the left-arm spinner out of the attack after tea when he drove a straight six on his way to a fluent 36.
But he was bowled by a beauty from Jake Ball, which cut back sharply, and it proved a mistake when Ajmal Shahzad was recalled in place of Ball as Collingwood easily ran him wide of third man for two fours. Coughlin also pulled Shahzad fiercely to the boundary in his unbeaten 36..
Collingwood had previously taken only one championship wicket this season, just as he had in each of the previous two years, but found conditions to his liking as his gentle swingers proved troublesome.
He struck with his fifth ball as James Franklin gave Scott Borthwick the second of his three catches at second slip. Hastings had Chris Read caught at deep backward square leg for 21 and the Australian finished with four for 64 when Shahzad tried an upper cut and lobbed a return catch. He was last out for 30.
Durham had 50 on the board in the 11th over in their second innings before Keedy’s first ball had Mark Stoneman caught behind for 28. Keaton Jennings tried a paddle-sweep and gloved a catch to Read, then Michael Richardson was run out for three when Borthwick declined a third run to long-off.
Calum MacLeod got a big inside edge into his leg stump to give Franklin his only wicket of the match and in the last over before tea Borthwick fell for 19 when he sat back to cut a ball from Keedy which turned sharply and bowled him.
But Collingwood ensured that the last session belonged to Durham.
STUMPS, DAY ONE. Durham 253 (Richardson 73, Stoneman 55) v Nottinghamshire 66-4. Nottinghamshire trail Durham by 187 runs with six first innings wickets remaining.
Points - Durham 3, Nottinghamshire 3.
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Fourteen wickets fell on an action-packed day one of the LV=County Championship match between Durham and Nottinghamshire.
Michael Richardson and Mark Stoneman hit half-centuries as the hosts were bowled out for 253 in 75 overs.
In his penultimate championship appearance, John Hastings took two wickets in two balls to dismiss Steven Mullaney and James Taylor.
Paul Coughlin then struck with the final ball of the day to dislodge Samit Patel, who had looked untroubled at the crease in reaching 26.
Visiting captain Chris Read lost the toss and was asked to field first on a pleasant morning at Chester-le-Street. Openers Stoneman and Keaton Jennings strode to the crease with the sun shining and bright blue skies overhead but surprisingly, the ball swung throughout the day.
Movement in the air may have been the reason behind Jennings' misjudgment, as the left-hander left a delivery from Ajmal Shahzad and the ball smashed into his off-stump.
Bowling a full length, Shahzad then picked up the wicket of Scott Borthwick, who sliced a drive to Taylor at point to depart for five.
Durham recovered well courtesy of Stoneman, who continued his good form from the recent quarter-final against Yorkshire Vikings with a rapid half-century.
Stoneman required just 66 balls to post his fifty, striking 11 boundaries along the way. A promising partnership of 62 with Richardson came to an end on the stroke of lunch though as Mullaney's second delivery of the day bowled Stoneman for 55.
Mullaney was involved in the next wicket to fall too, clinging on at third slip after an edge from Calum MacLeod, who had made 18. Skipper Paul Collingwood also got a decent start but chopped a ball from Jake Ball onto his stumps. Nottinghamshire's persistent line and length was denying Durham the chance to break clear and dominate, although Richardson was able to dig in.
The former MCC Young Cricketer, playing as a wicket-keeper in this game due to Phil Mustard's knee injury, battled through under testing conditions and looked set for a third century of the season, but then came down the wicket to Patel's second delivery and paid the price. The ball spun and evaded the outside edge, with Read completing the stumping.
Durham went into the tea interval on 208-7 as John Hastings was caught at the wicket off the bowling of Shahzad.
After his unbeaten century in the reverse fixture, Gordon Muchall continued to enjoy facing the Nottinghamshire attack, using his feet to good effect and striking Patel away for a couple of eye-catching boundaries.
Paul Coughlin also looked in good touch until the burly figure of Luke Fletcher found Coughlin's outside edge and Patel took a sharp catch at second slip.
The miserly Patel, who conceded just 20 runs from his seven overs, was hit to the boundary twice by Chris Rushworth but then exacted revenge as Rushworth was struck on the pad with the total on 248.
First class debutant Peter Chase scampered two leg byes to help register a second batting point but the Irish seamer could only add two more runs before he was bowled by Ball. Muchall was left unbeaten on 37.
In need of early wickets in the 19 overs remaining in the day, Durham were once again indebted to Hastings. The Australian charged in from the Finchale End and a full ball outside the off-stump tempted Mullaney to edge behind. The very next ball, an in-swinging yorker pinned Taylor lbw, who was unable to celebrate his call-up to England's T20 squad with any runs.
Patel survived the hat-trick delivery, clipping a ball off his pads for a single, but Nottinghamshire were 4-2 after two overs.
Michael Lumb had survived a sustained lbw appeal from Rushworth but wasn't so lucky second time around and was sent back to the pavilion after making 18.
With a strong batting line-up, Nottinghamshire didn't appear to panic as Patel and Riki Wessels saw off Durham's opening pair. Chase bowled two overs before Coughlin prepared to bowl the final ball of the day.
Wessels had collected a single off the penultimate delivery so Patel was on strike and a superb delivery found the edge. Borthwick snaffled the chance at second slip to end an eventful day at Emirates Durham ICG.