Durham v Sussex - Match Report

Durham v Sussex - Match Report

Durham v Sussex - Match Report

Keaton Jennings hit his first century of the season on day three against Sussex

STUMPS, DAY 4. Durham 337 & 359-6 declared v Sussex 205 & 182. Durham beat Sussex by 309 runs.

Points - Durham 22, Sussex 4.

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It took Durham just 17 balls to take the one Sussex wicket that sealed a comprehensive win at Emirates Durham ICG.

The 309 run victory lifts the defending champions up to fourth in the Division One table.

Consecutive wins over Lancashire and Sussex have propelled Durham into the top four, after previously going seven games without a victory.

Paul Collingwood's side now have 113 points, just 29 behind league leaders Yorkshire, who have played a game more.

After narrowly failing to take the final wicket during the extra half hour of play on day three, the players took to the field on a warm and sunny final morning knowing that they had all day to finish the job.

It was very nearly all over as early as the second ball.

Chris Rushworth ran in from the Finchale End and found the edge of James Tredwell's bat, but the ball landed a couple of yards infront of second slip Scott Borthwick, and darted through his legs for four.

To his credit, Tredwell then struck the next ball to the boundary with a beautiful cover drive and survived the rest of the over without any further alarms.

Denied a first championship five wicket haul the previous evening, John Hastings was frustrated again as Lewis Hatchett blocked out a maiden over.

The determined Tredwell then brought up his half-century as he turned a Rushworth delivery for a single to square leg, but that only brought Hatchett back on strike.

Two dot balls followed before Rushworth found a good line and length, which urged Hatchett to prod forward. The ball caught the edge and Gordon Muchall held on at third slip to seal an emphatic victory.

STUMPS, DAY 3. Durham 337 & 359-6 declared (Jennings 103, Borthwick 95) v Sussex 205 & 173-9. Sussex require 319 runs to win with 1 second innings wicket remaining.

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Durham enjoyed a dominant day against Sussex as the champions moved to within a wicket of a second LV=County Championship win of the campaign.

A stand of 200 between Keaton Jennings (103) and Scott Borthwick (95) helped set up a declaration, before nine Sussex wickets tumbled in 46 overs.

Jennings, who celebrated his 22nd birthday last week, hit 13 boundaries during his 219 ball stay at the crease. The tall left-hander's previous ton came against the same opponents during the final game of last season at Hove.

He and Borthwick pushed Durham into an incredibly strong position, allowing the hosts to set Sussex an improbable victory target of 492.

Ben Stokes (3-54) then claimed his first ever 10 wicket haul, as he added to his 7-67 on Monday with the dismissals of the visitors' top three batsmen.

John Hastings (4-47) then accounted for Ben Brown, Steffan Piolet, Luke Wright and Steve Magoffin, as the day's play was extended by an extra half hour.

Chris Rushworth quickly got rid of Jon Lewis, but the final wicket pair of James Tredwell and Lewis Hatchett survived to ensure the players will have to return on day four.

Starting the morning on 46, Jennings went to his fourth half-century of the season in style, as he stood tall and drove through the covers for four.

Borthwick angled his bat to pick up a brace of runs that brought up a half-century, before two almost identical extra cover drives and a pull shot rendered 12 from a Steffan Piolet over.

Light drizzle prompted the umpires to signal for an early lunch, by which time Durham had added 116 runs to extend the lead to 353.

The 200 partnership arrived with both batsmen on 95, but then Borthwick was left distraught after he played back to a delivery from Magoffin and edged to Tredwell at second slip.

Despite disappointment at falling short of a century, a sparkling run of recent form means that Borthwick now has 653 runs for the campaign, at an average of over 50.

Jennings was playing with increasing confidence and played two deft reverse-sweeps that moved him towards a first century since late September.

A flick off the pads to the square leg boundary took the Johnannesburg-born star to three figures, which he celebrated by removing his helmet and punching the air.

Jennings was walking back to the pavilion just four balls later as he slashed hard outside the off-stump and edged a cut shot to Tredwell, who took a sharp catch above his head at slip.

That only brought the bullish Stokes to the crease. Wounded by a delivery that spat up and hit him on the left hand early in his innings, the all-rounder smashed 13 from an over by Hatchett and then confidently reverse-swept Tredwell for another boundary.

Stokes swept Tredwell for four more before the England spinner exacted revenge with a ball that appeared to keep a little low. Stokes went back to try and heave the ball away to the leg side fence but was bowled for an entertaining 31 from just 25 deliveries.

The on-loan Tredwell found the edge of Collingwood's bat to remove the home skipper for five, but Gordon Muchall and Michael Richardson guided the team beyond the 350 mark.

When Richardson top edged a pull shot behind to be caught behind for 37, Phil Mustard walked out to the middle. However, the umpires signalled that the light had deteriorated and signalled for an early tea.

Collingwood declared, leaving Sussex 36 overs to bat until the close.

Just as in the first innings, Luke Wells edged through to Mustard but after the keeper spilled the ball, Borthwick dived to take a low catch on the rebound.

Nash looked in good touch but then received a magnificent delivery from Stokes, who trapped Hamilton-Brown lbw in his next over.

After surviving two dropped chances, Joyce drove firmly at a delivery from Coughlin and Richardson moved to his right at gully to take a fine catch.

Sussex were clearly struggling to live with Durham's attack. As the evening sun shone, Hastings had Brown caught at second slip by Borthwick, then trapped Piolet with an in-swinger.

To get rid of the dangerous Wright, Collingwood posted a few of his fielders on the leg side boundary and Hastings banged the ball in short. Wright took the bait as Muchall completed a simple catch at deep square leg.

Wickets continued to tumble as Magoffin drove and edged another Hastings delivery behind, and Lewis fell shortly after the extra half hour was taken.

An unlikely top-scorer with 41, Tredwell batted well and helped Hatchett to see off the final over from an exhausted Hastings.

STUMPS, DAY 2. Durham 337 & 105-1 v Sussex 205 (Wright 66*, Stokes 7-67). Durham lead by 237 runs with 9 second innings wickets remaining.

Points - Durham 6, Sussex 4.

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Career-best figures of seven for 67 from Ben Stokes put Durham into an excellent position on day two.

Sussex collapsed from 56 without loss to 205 all out, despite an unbeaten 66 from Luke Wright, then saw Keaton Jennings put an indifferent run of form behind him. He reached 46 not out as Durham stretched the lead to 237 with nine wickets standing.

Although Stokes took six for 99 for England at Sydney in the winter, his only previous five-wicket haul in the championship was six for 68 against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl three years ago.

After disappointment at his own bowling performance during the win over Lancashire, Stokes put in a vastly-improved display in which he took four for ten in his first six overs through swing and steep bounce.

A change of ball again seemed to have an influence, just as it did in Durham’s first innings. That came after 31 overs and this time it happened after 17, just before Stokes came on.

Amazingly, both openers fell to slip catches via the wicketkeeper’s gloves as five wickets went down for 23 in 12 overs.

Luke Wells nicked Stokes’ fifth ball and Phil Mustard parried it to Scott Borthwick at second slip.

Paul Coughlin came on at the other end and after opening with a maiden he was twice driven to the cover boundary by Chris Nash, who then fended at a short one and edged above Mustard’s head. The wicketkeeper knocked the ball upwards and Paul Collingwood completed the catch at first slip.

As the edges kept coming, Mustard hung on to four catches and there was another one for Borthwick, while the other three were bowled by Stokes.

He went round the wicket to left-hander Joyce, who played round a fast swinger and lost his off stump. Ben Brown may have been unlucky as a steeply-rising ball brushed him on the way to Mustard. The batsman indicated it had hit his shoulder, but he was given out.

The slide to 79 for five was arrested by Steffan Piolet contributing 25 to a stand of 54 with Wright before Stokes knocked back his off stump.

After a 14-over spell spanning lunch he was rested and John Hastings picked up two wickets before Stokes was recalled and saw Wright top-edge a pull over the wicketkeeper for his eighth four to reach 50 off 79 balls.

After Jon Lewis edged to Mustard, last man Lewis Hatchett played on.

With a full session to bat, Durham made a flying start then dropped anchor after losing Mark Stoneman, caught at second slip by Tredwell for 22, with the total on 35 in the sixth over.

In the remaining two hours Borthwick made an unbeaten 22, punching a two through the off-side in the final over to bring up the 100, and then clubbing away a short delivery from Rory Hamilton-Brown for four more.

STUMPS, DAY ONE. Durham 337 (Stoneman 113, Hatchett 5-113) v Sussex 20-0. Sussex trail Durham by 317 runs with ten first innings wickets remaining.

Points - Durham 3, Sussex 3.

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A fine century by Mark Stoneman and useful late-order hitting ensured Durham have the upper-hand after day one of the Division One clash against Sussex at Emirates Durham ICG.

Stoneman weathered an early storm and showed his class to record a third LV=County Championship century of the summer.

John Hastings added 51 before a last wicket stand of 42 in five overs took Durham comfortably over the 300 mark.

Sussex reached the close of play on 20-0 after facing six overs.

Durham announced an unchanged side from the win against Lancashire last time out, while Sussex drafted Steffan Piolet in to replace Matt Machan from their draw with Yorkshire.

Captain Paul Collingwood elected to bat first after winning the toss but consequently found his side under pressure at 30-3.

Australian bowler Steve Magoffin looked particularly threatening with the ball in hand but Lewis Hatchett struck first, finding the edge of Keaton Jennings' bat and wicketkeeper Ben Brown completed the rest.

Magoffin induced a false shot from Scott Borthwick, his airborne drive looping to Luke Wells at square cover, before Hatchett trapped Michael Richardson lbw to put the home side in a perilous position.

Durham required a substantial partnership to get back into the game and it was provided by Stoneman and new man Ben Stokes.

After seeing off the remainder of the openers' respective spells, the pair set about counter-attacking and unsettling the rhythm of Sussex's change bowlers.

Stokes proved the main instigator, punishing some loose deliveries from ex-England international Jon Lewis including a booming six towards the changing rooms, and the pair reached a brisk half-century partnership off 71 balls.

The England all-rounder continued in his attacking vein and brought up the team 100 before lunch with successive fours off James Tredwell, who is on a Championship-only loan from Kent.

Post-lunch the pair continued in much the same vein, going through to a three-figure partnership from 139 balls, but it was ended shortly after when Stokes miscued a pull into the leg-side, proceeding to find the hands of Lewis at mid-on.

Collingwood fell shortly after, edging Hatchett behind the stumps, but the afternoon session belonged to Stoneman.

Two pulled boundaries moved him serenely into the 90's and his century came up via an off-side drive for two off Piolet, his 11th first-class century coming from 139 balls.

It took a fine one-handed slip catch by Tredwell to remove Stoneman before Gordon Muchall nicked Lewis to first slip and Durham were once again pegged back to 202-7.

With two new batsmen at the crease, Hastings and Phil Mustard were forced to re-build once again and the Australian took 25 balls to get off the mark as the home side crawled to tea on 222-7.

Hastings came out with more intent after tea and blasted his way to 50, including a mighty six off Tredwell over mid-wicket.

Lewis then captured Mustard and Hastings in quick succession, but the innings was nowhere near over at 290-9.

Rushworth eased home nerves to secure batting point number three, driving Magoffin for four and hooking him for six in successive deliveries, before advancing

By the time Hatchett dismissed him to claim his fifth wicket, the number 11 had added 32 in 18 balls to lift his side up to 337.