21 year old spinner Max Morley took four wickets to help secure victory
STUMPS, DAY 3. Durham 2nd XI 373 & 173-6 dec v MCC Young Cricketers XI 188 & 286 all out (Shafique 62). Durham 2nd XI won by 72 runs.
Points - Durham 2nd XI 24, MCC Young Cricketers 5.
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After two draws, Durham's 2nd XI secured a first championship victory of the season by beating MCC Young Cricketers.
Set a daunting but not insurmountable winning target of 358, the home side were bowled out 72 runs short just before 3.30pm.
On a pitch that had started to assist the spinners on day two, Max Morley (4-48), Ryan Buckley (3-73) and Ryan Pringle (2-50) did the damage. Only wicket-keeper Adeel Shafique (62) offered concerted resistance.
Morley in particular bowled with supreme control, as he conceded just 48 runs from 30.1 overs. The left arm spinner had last man Jordan Price caught behind to pick up the wicket that sealed a comfortable win.
Although spin accounted for nine batsmen, seamer Matt Milnes also weighed in with a vital contribution as he enticed Shafique to edge behind. Shafique's was the sixth wicket to fall, and with the score on 233, the hosts' chances of an unlikely win evaporated.
Durham's second string are in action again next week when they host Glamorgan at Middlesbrough CC. The sides play a 50 over trophy match on Monday, before a three day championship game starts on Tuesday.
STUMPS, DAY 2. Durham 2nd XI 373 & 173-6 declared (Poynter 52*, Ireland 50) v MCC Young Cricketers XI 188 all out & 94-2. MCC Young Cricketers XI require 265 runs to win with 8 second innings wickets remaining.
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Durham 2nd XI look favourites to beat MCC Young Cricketers and record a first championship win of the season.
After draws with Warwickshire and Derbyshire, Durham require eight wickets on the final day at Shenley to complete the job.
Setting a target of 358, spin twins Ryan Buckley and Max Morley picked up a wicket apiece to leave the hosts on 94-2 in their second innings, still 265 runs from victory.
Alastair Maiden's side had reached 173-6 before declaring earlier in the day, with Ryan Pringle (52*) and Andy Ireland (50) both hitting half-centuries.
Having begun day two on 90-5, late order runs from Dan Hampton (29) and Janak Valand (33) lifted the Lords-based outfit to 188. Wickets were shared equally, as five Durham bowlers took two wickets each.
In response, skipper Calum MacLeod dropped down the order for the visitors' second innings, which allowed Stuart Poynter a chance to move up to number four.
Previously on the books with MCC YC, the heavily bearded Irish International enjoyed playing against his ex-teammates as he compiled an unbeaten knock of 52.
Distington-born Andy Ireland also struck an aggressive 50 from just 47 balls, with MacLeod calling for the declaration shortly after Ireland had been bowled by Jordan Price.
Although indiscipline cost Durham 17 runs in extras during the 32 overs of MCC YC's second innings, with a pitch that seems to be assisting the spinners, the men from the North East will be confident of securing a win on day three.
STUMPS, DAY 1. Durham 2nd XI 373 all out v MCC Young Cricketers XI 90-5. MCC Young Cricketers XI trail by 283 runs with 5 first innings wickets remaining.
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Calum MacLeod hit his third century of the season for Durham's 2nd XI, who enjoyed a fruitful first day against MCC Young Cricketers.
The Durham skipper's innings included 16 boundaries and, along with a sizeable contribution from Ryan Pringle (84), helped the visitors into a strong position at Shenley.
MacLeod eventually fell for 109 as his side lost their last four wickets for just 26 runs to post 373 in their first innings.
In reply, MCC lost five wickets inside 18 overs as Durham took charge of the third championship match of the season.
After winning the toss, opener Alex Hickey was bowled in the fifth over of the morning session but Graham Clark continued his good form from the previous day as he reached 49 before being run out.
Pringle was still making good progress, and his two hour stay at the crease was full of attacking stroke play. The 22 year old cleared the boundary twice and hit 12 fours before he was bowled by Adam Dobb.
A quickfire 40 from youngster Jack Burnham helped moved the score beyond 300, before the home side made short work of Durham's tail.
The MCC Young Cricketers then struggled badly in response. Andy Ireland's four overs may have gone for 40 runs, but the Cumbrian-born bowler also claimed two wickets.
Peter Chase, Ryan Buckley and Pringle also chipped in, as the home side's top five were all dismissed before stumps were drawn.