Paul Collingwood scored an unbeaten 45 in Durham's second innings
STUMPS, DAY FOUR. Durham 340 & 187 v Lancashire 421 & 107-9. Lancashire beat Durham by one wicket.
Points - Lancashire 22, Durham 5.
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Durham suffered a heartbreaking one wicket defeat to Lancashire in the final over of their LV=County Championship Division One match at Emirates Old Trafford.
Tom Smith (35*) added 17 for the last wicket with Simon Kerrigan, who made 10 not out, and the win, which was completed with only two balls to spare, lifts Lancashire out of the relegation zone. Yet the outcome was very hard on Durham’s seamers who had staged a magnificent attempt to defend 107 after their side had earlier been bowled out 187.
John Hastings and Chris Rushworth performed superbly to reduce Lancashire to 31 for five inside 14 overs before Smith and Alex Davies, who made 23, added 48 for the sixth wicket to calm the home supporters. However, Ben Stokes then took three wickets in eight balls and when Tom Bailey was caught at mid off by Mark Stoneman off Hastings, Durham were in the favourites’ chair.
Kerrigan had other ideas, though, and he and Smith took their side home with a calmness they probably did not feel. Hastings finished with four for 40, Stokes took three for 25 in 8.4 overs and Rushworth’s new-ball spell earned him figures of two for 21. Only Smith, Davies and Kerrigan reached double figures in Lancashire’s second innings
Earlier in the day the six-man home attack had taken nine wickets for 128 to set up the thrilling climax.
In the morning session Durham scored 70 runs in 33 overs to take a lead of 48 but they lost five big wickets in doing so. Three of these fell to Simon Kerrigan who had both Keaton Jennings and Michael Richardson lbw before claiming the vital scalp of Ben Stokes when the England all-rounder clipped the ball firmly to leg, only to see short-leg Steven Croft take an outstanding catch.
Glen Chapple had Scott Borthwick lbw on the front foot for 20, although the Durham player was well forward and appeared a little unlucky to fall foul of the decision. Five minutes before the interval Steven Parry took his first top division wicket since 2009 when Phil Mustard tried to work the slow left-armer to leg but lost his leg bail, a remarkable dismissal given that Parry was operating over the wicket at the time.
Paul Collingwood came into lunch on 14 and Calum MacLeod was unbeaten on one.
In the afternoon session Lancashire took wickets steadily with three bowlers enjoying success. Five overs after the resumption MacLeod was run out without addition when he pushed Kerrigan for a single but was beaten by Tom Bailey’s direct hit from cover.
The strength and depth of Durham’s batting was proved to a degree by Hastings, who followed his first innings 83 by batting half an hour for 16 and helping Collingwood add 22 valuable runs.
However, Durham’s No9 was beaten by a full-length, swinging delivery from Chapple which he could only edge to Davies. Ryan Buckley, who had been off the field with a virus for the previous two days, then made nine but his resistance was ended when he nicked Steven Croft to Paul Horton at slip.
Despite Collingwood’s attempts to farm the strike, Chris Rushworth eventually had to face a delivery, and he was bowled by his second delivery, bowled by Bailey. That left Lancashire needed a modest 107 to win. Kerrigan finished with four for 61 and match figures of eight for 147 after his most impressive display with the ball this summer.
For his part, Collingwood did all he could to resist the Lancashire bowlers and was 45 not out after batting defiantly for 142 minutes. Ultimately, though, his thoughtful captaincy could not prevent Lancashire recording a vital victory.
STUMPS, DAY THREE. Durham 340 & 59-1 v Lancashire 421 (Prince 106). Durham trail Lancashire by 22 runs with nine second innings wickets remaining.
Points - Lancashire 6, Durham 5.
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A fine 106 by Lancashire's Ashwell Prince frustrated Durham on a rain-shortened third day of the LV=County Championship Division One match at Emirates Old Trafford.
Glen Chapple’s side established a first innings lead of 81 before the visitors replied with 59 for one, Mark Stoneman being caught at short leg by Steven Croft off Simon Kerrigan for 29 seven overs before the close.
Resuming on 252 for five, Lancashire. made good progress in a first session shortened to just 20 overs by frequent showers, the home batsmen scoring 80 runs for the loss of Tom Smith. whose breezy 44 included eight boundaries. Some of these were very cleanly driven off the slightly wayward Scott Borthwick.
Smith’s 61-ball innings was eventually ended when he drove Chris Rushworth to gully where Calum MacLeod completed a good low catch. However, Prince had progressed carefully to 83 not out by the break when Lancashire were eight runs in arrears on 332 for six.
The afternoon session was restricted to just 12 overs before very heavy rain drenched Old Trafford and prevented any play until 4.45. Stephen Parry was dismissed by the ball before the rain arrived when he edged a hook off John Hastings to Phil Mustard, but by that time Parry’s career-best 37 had helped Lancashire take a first-innings lead.
Prince was 98 not out when the players left the field and the South African completed his third hundred of the season shortly after the restart when he pulled Borthwick to the square leg boundary to reach three figures off 199 balls.
Hastings bowled Prince off the inside edge in the next over but Tom Bailey added a useful 37 with Glen Chapple before he edged Hastings to Mustard. Lancashire's skipper was bowled by Ben Stokes for 21 four balls later to leave his side with a useful lead and 18 overs left to bowl on the third evening. Hastings finished with four for 78 and Borthwick took two for 158 from 49 overs, the most overs bowled by a Durham cricketer since 1998.
Lancashire’s bowlers had only the wicket of Stoneman to encourage them in the hour or so of Durham’s second innings but the day ended with Kerrigan and Parry bowling in tandem and close fielders surrounding the batsmen. There is plenty of work for Durham’s batsmen to do if they are to secure the draw on the final afternoon and they can even harbour hopes of a remarkable win.
“Ashwell waited for the ball in his area but I think we’re in a good position if we can bat for a couple of hours tomorrow,” said John Hastings. “It’d be nice if we could have a full three sessions because I think we’re set up for a very good day.”
STUMPS, DAY TWO. Durham 340 v Lancashire 265-5 (Horton 114, Prince 58*). Lancashire trail Durham by 84 runs with five first innings wickets remaining.
Points - Durham 4, Lancashire 5.
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Paul Horton’s 114 and Ashwell Prince’s unbeaten half-century helped Lancashire make a spirited response to Durham’s 340 on the second day of the LV= Division One match at Emirates Old Trafford.
By close of play the Red Rose side had reached 256 for five with Prince 58 not out off 101 balls.
The first session could scarcely have gone better for Lancashire. Glen Chapple’s bowlers took the last two Durham wickets in the first ten minutes of play and then openers Horton and Luis Reece guided the home side safely to 78 for nought at the interval.
The morning included another success for Tom Smith, who became the leading wicket-taker in Division One with 53 victims when he had last man Chris Rushworth caught at cover by Usman Khawaja for five. Seven balls previously Ben Stokes had hoisted Simon Kerrigan to long on where Prince pouched the catch.
The Lancashire openers were cautious at first but Horton reached his fourth fifty of the season off 87 balls while Reece readjusted to first team cricket in his first appearance since the Roses match in May. Durham’s attack received little encouragement and John Hastings was warned by umpire Russell Evans for running on the pitch.
For over an hour in the afternoon session Horton and Reece batted securely against an attack which lacked off-spinner Ryan Buckley, who was off the field due to illness. The pair had put on 138, a first-wicket record for their county against Durham, when Reece departed for 36 when he pushed forward to Scott Borthwick and was caught by Paul Collingwood at first slip.
Next over Khawaja gave a return catch to the Durham leg-spinner but Prince and Horton shepherded their side to the comparative safety of 165 for two at tea, by which time Horton had reached his second century of the season off 166 balls.
Five overs after the restart Horton was trapped lbw to Rushworth when the ball nipped back off the seam and caught the opener on the back foot. Steven Croft then lasted barely half an hour and had scored just six when he was bowled playing no shot to a ball from Hastings which also came back a little off the seam.
Alex Davies seemed likely to see out the rest of the day with Prince but Lancashire’s wicketkeeper-batsman fell to the new ball a few minutes before the close when he gloved a steeply bouncing Ben Stokes delivery to Calum MacLeod in the gully and trooped dejectedly off with 25 to his name. Borthwick was the hardest-worked Durham bowler and also the most successful, the leg-spinner finishing the day with two for 93 off 36 overs.
Borthwick said “It’s not a nice feeling when it’s freezing cold and windy and there wasn’t a lot of atmosphere in the ground because of the weather but the Lancashire lads came out and played well.
“Paul Horton did really well and Luis Reece hung around and made it tough for us. Paul didn’t play a lot of shots but that’s the way he plays and he did it very well.”
STUMPS, DAY ONE. Durham 329-8 (MacLeod 84, Hastings 83) v Lancashire. Durham lead by 329 runs with two first innings wickets remaining.
Points - Durham 3, Lancashire 2.
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A fine 84 by Calum MacLeod, on his first class debut for the county, and an attacking 83 from John Hastings helped Durham recover from 82 for five to reach a formidable 329 for eight by close of play on the first day of the LV=County Championship game against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford.
Hastings and MacLeod, who combined brilliantly in the recent T20 game against Northamptonshire, exactly doubled their side’s score by adding 145 for the seventh wicket. Athough both batsmen were dismissed in the final ten overs of the day, Ben Stokes had arrived from the Oval by then. The England all-rounder will resume on 24 not out to help his side build an even more formidable first-innings total in a game which is being played on Manchester’s Test Match wicket.
The morning’s play could be divided into two slightly uneven sections. In the first 50 minutes Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings guided Durham reasonably securely to 50 for no wicket in twelve overs, both batsmen capitalising on the close-set field and any waywardness from either Glen Chapple or Tom Bailey.
However, Stoneman edged a catch to Alex Davies when he pushed at Tom Smith’s first ball of the morning and departed for 31, and batting was never as simple thereafter. A large part of the explanation for this lies with the introduction of Kerrigan into the attack in the 16th over.
The slow left-armer immediately extracted turn from the Manchester pitch and took his first wicket with his 13th ball when Jennings attempted a reverse sweep but only gave a bat and pad catch to Steven Croft at short leg and departed for 26.
Four overs later Scott Borthwick skied a catch to Chapple at mid off when he tried to hit Kerrigan over the top and Smith took his 50th wicket of the season a few minutes later when Paul Collingwood edged his fourth ball to Davies.
Durham’s grim session was completed when Phil Mustard tried to work Kerrigan to leg but was lbw on the back foot for only four. With their wicketkeeper’s dismissal Durham had lost four wickets for 16 runs in 42 balls, Kerrigan taking three of them in 24 deliveries at a cost of 14 runs.
Careful progress made by Durham’s batsmen in the afternoon session allowed the visitors to creep back into the contest. Richardson and MacLeod batted with admirable good sense for twenty overs, extending their sixth-wicket partnership to 63 before Richardson steered Smith to Usman Khawaja in the gully when he had made 38.
That, though, was Lancashire only success of the session. Hastings joined MacLeod and the pair had added an unbroken 54 by tea, Hastings lifting Kerrigan for a couple of straight sixes and pulling Parry for another.
The Australian hit the spinners for another three sixes in the final session and MacLeod had added a further 36 runs before he was trapped lbw on the back foot by Bailey to give the young Lancashire seamer his solitary success of the day.
Hastings may also have been eyeing a maiden first-class hundred but Durham’s No8 was bowled by Smith five minutes before close of play to leave the Lancashire seamer with figures of four for 37 from 20 overs.
“Hopefully the stand between John and myself will be quite important,” said Calum MacLeod. “It’s quite a tired pitch and hopefully we can get a good total and put them under pressure. It was easier with us being right-handed because the spinners were having more joy against the left-handers. Thankfully we managed to put a couple of good partnerships together.”