Teenage batsman Jack Burnham is enjoying a good run of form (photo: Madeleine Prangley)
By Rob Scanlon - Durham CCC Head of Media
Durham 2nd XI 191 all out (39 overs): Burnham 69, Poynter 67; beat Northamptonshire 2nd XI 133 all out (38 overs): Harvey 5-11; by 58 runs.
Durham maintained their 100% start to the Second Eleven Trophy in a low-scoring match at Northamptonshire.
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With meteorologists confirming that Wednesday was the hottest July day on record, it was a scorching day in the small town of Finedon and visiting skipper Calum MacLeod, used to such conditions in his native Glasgow, elected to bat first.
But Graham Clark, who scored twin centuries for club side Newcastle at the weekend, edged Ben Sanderson behind third ball and Durham quickly slumped to 18-3.
The visitors were indebted to an excellent, and ultimately decisive, fourth wicket partnership worth 141 runs between Jack Burnham (69) and Stuart Poynter (67).
Burnham may only be 18, but the Durham-born academy scholar is quickly making a name for himself with some assured performances. Last week, he hit 94* and 95* against Derbyshire, and followed it up on Wednesday with an 82-ball knock that included 10 boundaries.
Poynter also played a key role in rebuilding the innings and found the boundary on seven occasions before becoming one of spinner Saif Zaib’s four victims. Once Burnham and Poynter departed in successive overs, the innings quickly subsided and no other batsman could reach double figures.
Whilst Durham were bowled out with 11 overs to spare, Northamptonshire fared even worse and that was largely thanks to a remarkable performance from trialist Conor Harvey.
The 19-year-old hails from Pontefract but has featured for Northumberland this month and was making his debut for Durham's second string.
Northamptonshire had reached 122-3 and looked to be coasting to their target of 192 but Harvey dismissed Zaib for 45 before wiping out the tail in clinical fashion.
Harvey finished with 5-11 from five overs, Northamptonshire lost their last seven wickets for 11 runs in only 37 balls and Durham took the points to make it three wins out of three.
Alastair Maiden’s side are next in action on Thursday when they take on Worcestershire at Kidderminster. We will bring supporters regular updates from the game on our Twitter page and a match report will be published on durhamccc.co.uk.