Trio Lead Seconds To Draw At Bristol

Trio Lead Seconds To Draw At Bristol

Trio Lead Seconds To Draw At Bristol

Gordon Muchall scored over 200 runs in the match against Gloucestershire

By Rob Scanlon - Durham CCC Head of Media

STUMPS, DAY THREE. Durham 2nd XI (259; Muchall 79 & 452-6; Muchall 136, Hickey 111*, Poynter 98) drew with Gloucestershire 2nd XI (620-8 dec; Smith 280, Cockbain 84, Howell 72)

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Three Durham batsmen made big scores as the second eleven secured a battling draw at Bristol.

Starting the day 291 runs behind, skipper Gordon Muchall hit a fine 136 to go with his first innings half-century and shared a second wicket stand of 218 with Irish International Stuart Poynter, who edged behind when he was just two runs away from reaching three figures.

Durham still required another big contribution from someone in the middle order and Adam Hickey duly obliged.

The 18-year-old from Darlington displayed his potential by striking an unbeaten 111, which came from just 127 balls and included a remarkable seven sixes. Hickey, a left-handed batsman whose father Darren played for the second eleven in 1992, showed that he is definitely one to watch this summer.

Gloucestershire's double centurion from the previous day, Tom Smith, was particularly expensive with the ball as the visitors pushed into a lead of 91 before the two sides shook hands on a draw.

The second eleven are next in action on Sunday when they face Northumberland in a one-day friendly match at Emirates Durham ICG.

STUMPS, DAY TWO. Durham 2nd XI (259; Muchall 79 & 81-1) trail Gloucestershire 2nd XI (620-8 dec; Smith 280, Cockbain 84, Howell 72) by 280 runs with nine second innings wickets remaining.

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Durham were put to the sword by Gloucestershire all-rounder Tom Smith on day two of their friendly match at Bristol.

The 27-year-old scored an astonishing 280 from 350 balls, hitting 47 boundaries against a Durham attack that tried everything without success.

Ten bowlers were used by captain Gordon Muchall but Smith, a former Middlesex and Sussex player who only averages 22 with the bat in first class cricket, enjoyed a day to remember at Nevil Road. 

Gavin Main (3-122) eventually dismissed the double centurion shortly before the hosts declared on a mammoth 620, a first innings lead of 361. Ian Cockbain (84) and Benny Howell (72) also weighed in with valuable contributions.

Before stumps were drawn, Durham lost last season's player of the year Graham Clark but Stuart Poynter and Muchall saw the visitors through to the close on 81-1, a deficit of 280.

STUMPS, DAY ONE. Durham 2nd XI (259 all out; Muchall 79) lead Gloucestershire 2nd XI (206-1; Smith 92*, Cockbain 61*) by 53 runs.

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It's proving to be a fruitful few days in the Westcountry for Durham captains.

After Paul Collingwood's heroics at Taunton against Somerset, second team skipper Gordon Muchall top-scored for his side just 48 miles up the road in Bristol.

Muchall's 118-ball innings of 79 helped the visitors post 259, but Gloucestershire raced to 206 for the loss of just one wicket in 39 overs.

Experienced duo Tom Smith and Ian Cockbain shared an unbeaten stand of 128, after Scottish fast bowler Gavin Main had bowled Miles Hammond for 31.

Jamie Harrison opened the bowling on his return from injury but could only send down 16 deliveries before curtailing his spell.

Earlier in the day, Muchall had won the toss and put on 122 for the third wicket with Adam Hickey (49) but Gloucestershire's spinners fought back as Jack Taylor (4-38) and Smith (2-54) reduced Durham to 188-6.

A brisk 62-run stand between Harrison (30) and Barry McCarthy (37) lifted Alastair Maiden's side to 250 but the final four wickets fell for just nine runs.