Scott Borthwick’s 134 was the feature of the opening day between Lancashire and Durham at Emirates Riverside today, but impressive Tom Bailey picked up four wickets on his return to the side.
Borthwick, out three times in the nineties during last season’s Specsavers County Championship, moved to three figures during the afternoon session on a day which saw his side win the toss, elect to bat and close on 341-6 from 96 overs.
The left-hander, a one-time England Test player with hopes of further honours, was supported by 31 for Mark Stoneman, 44 for Jack Burnham and 85 not out from captain Paul Collingwood.
Borthwick and Collingwood shared 123 in 32 overs either side of tea for the fifth wicket, with the former hitting 18 fours in his 221-ball stay at the crease.
Bailey was Lancashire’s standout performer with the ball, taking 4-79 from 24 overs in his first Division One fixture of the season having replaced England bound Jimmy Anderson.
Bailey struck twice with the ball to leave Durham at 46-2 in the eleventh.
Keaton Jennings was caught behind and Stoneman caught at second slip by Karl Brown.
Unfortunately, the Red Rose missed the opportunity to take a third wicket when Kyle Jarvis dropped Burnham on 10 at mid-off off Luke Procter’s bowling before lunch.
Jarvis managed to make amends after lunch when he had Michael Richardson caught at first slip by Liam Livingstone, by which stage Durham had been reduced to 151-4 in the 46th over.
Earlier, Livingstone had also helped Bailey get his third when Burnham edged in the same direction to fall for 44. The latter two wickets fell inside eight overs.
Borthwick reached his 13th first-class century off 158 balls inside the final 40 minutes of the afternoon, and the hosts reached tea handily placed at 213-4 after 64 overs in good batting conditions.
Borthwick, who shared 88 inside 29 overs for the third wicket with Burnham, and Collingwood brought up their century stand in 26 overs as the score moved to 253-4 after 72 overs.
Collingwood went to 50 shortly afterwards off 80 balls with seven fours and a straight six off Simon Kerrigan back towards the Finchale End of the ground.
But Kerrigan struck a timely blow in the 78th over when he had Borthwick caught at long-on by Alviro Petersen as the score fell to 274-5.
Durham went beyond 300 in the 84th over with Ryan Pringle now partnering Collingwood.
Bailey’s fourth wicket came when he forced Ryan Pringle to glove an attempted pull shot to Livingstone at slip - 317-6 in the 89th.
Collingwood, who has faced 148 balls and hit nine fours and the six, will resume tomorrow with James Weighell for company on 14.
A century stand between Haseeb Hameed and Alviro Petersen helped Lancashire avert danger at 21-2 in reply to 411 during today’s second day against Durham at Emirates Riverside.
Durham had put themselves in a healthy position during the second morning of this Specsavers County Championship match by passing 400 having started the day on 341-6.
But Petersen and Hameed then added 104 inside 33 overs either side of tea to set up Lancashire’s close of play score of 205-4 from 73 overs.
Petersen posted his third fifty in three innings on the way to 61 off 118 balls, but Hameed went beyond him to post 74 off 181 - his fourth first-class fifty in only his eighth match.
Unfortunately for Hameed, who shared 77 inside 25 overs for the fourth wicket with Steven Croft, he was unable to reach close as he was bowled by Scott Borthwick’s leg-spin inside the final five overs of the day.
A long hop which he tried to pull for four and missed, it was probably the worst ball bowled at Hameed.
Durham captain Paul Collingwood fell three short of a second hundred of the season as he fell caught in the gully to Kyle Jarvis.
As well as Jarvis bowled for 3-86 from 32 overs, however, the headline performer with the ball for the Red Rose was Tom Bailey, who completed figures of 5-110 from 31.
Bailey had four overnight and added his fifth when he had James Weighell caught at gully by Petersen.
Jarvis picked up two wickets this morning, while Simon Kerrigan wrapped up the innings when he had Barry McCarthy caught at long-on for 37.
Lancashire finished with three bowling bonus points to Durham’s four batting points.
Durham enjoyed early success with the ball.
After openers Karl Brown and Hameed batted through the eight overs before lunch, Brown fell in the tenth when he edged Weighell to third slip.
And when Luke Procter went to the same combination in the 12th, Lancashire were under the cosh.
Thankfully, Petersen and Hameed turned things around through the rest of the afternoon session by reaching tea at 115-2 from 41 overs.
Both looked in very little danger against an inexperienced home attack.
Petersen reached his third successive fifty for the county off 94 balls with six fours deep into the afternoon, while Hameed made it into the forties before tea.
Hameed was typically stout in defence, but looked easy on the eye in doing so, while Petersen continued his excellent start to the season with another confident knock.
The pair brought up their century partnership in the early stages of the evening session, but Petersen only lasted a couple of balls longer as he was trapped lbw by Graham Onions trying to work it to leg as the score fell to 125-3 in the 45th.
Hameed reached his fifty off 128 balls with a classy flick through mid-wicket for four off Brydon Carse, with his milestone coming in the early stages of an important alliance with captain Croft.
Another quick wicket to follow Petersen’s would have opened the door for Durham. As it was, they had to wait until Lancashire had reached 200 before they could strike again.
Hameed was bowled trying to pull a short ball from Borthwick as Lancashire fell to 202-4 in the 69th over.
The day ended with Kerrigan in as night-watchman - he is two not out - and Croft unbeaten on 31.
A dominant day three, including a second hundred in the match for Scott Borthwick, ensured Durham took control of this Specsavers County Championship fixture at Emirates Riverside today, and they now have high hopes of beating Lancashire.
The visitors, however, are still refusing to rule themselves out of the running in terms of a third win from four matches.
The Red Rose county, resuming their first innings on 205-4 in reply to 411 this morning, were bowled out for 326 to concede a lead of 85.
Simon Kerrigan impressed in his role as night-watchman for 48, with the left-arm spinner batting through the morning session.
Unfortunately, however, he was one of four wickets to fall to Irish seamer Barry McCarthy, who took three of them in 14 balls as he finished with five in the innings.
Borthwick, who scored 134 in the first innings, then continued his good form to help the hosts reach close on 239-4 from 60 overs, a lead of 324.
Borthwick, 101 not out, and fellow left-hander Mark Stoneman scored the lion’s share of 127 runs in 28 overs during the afternoon, which took the lead to 212 at tea.
Borthwick reached 50 in the penultimate over of the session, off 60 balls, and Stoneman matched him in the early stages of the evening off 78.
Kyle Jarvis had earlier got Keaton Jennings (20) caught at first slip by Liam Livingstone in the eleventh over of the innings, leaving the score at 55-1.
Jarvis had only just switched ends from the Finchale to the Lumley End.
Stoneman was later one of two quick wickets to fall inside the first half hour of the evening for 62.
He was caught behind off Tom Bailey in the 33rd over before Jack Burnham was run out by Steven Croft with a direct hit at the striker’s end from mid-wicket in the 36th over as the score fell to 150-3 - a lead of 235.
The latter wicket fell with Kerrigan bowling, and he managed to bring some control to proceedings.
However, with ten overs left in the day, Durham’s lead had stretched to 285 at 200-3 from 50 overs, with Borthwick unbeaten on 80.
Michael Richardson then fell to Kerrigan, caught at backward point by Livingstone - his sixth catch in the match - following a reverse sweep as the score fell to 216-4.
Borthwick reached his hundred off 160 balls in the penultimate over of the day.
He became the fourth Durham player to achieve that feat and the second this season following Jennings against Somerset.
Earlier, Lancashire comfortably went beyond the follow-on target of 262, but they slipped quickly afterwards, losing their last five wickets for 44 runs in 58 balls.
McCarthy finished with 5-70 from 22, including getting Kerrigan lbw.
Lancashire fell 74 runs short of chasing 325 today as they suffered a first defeat of the season to Durham at Emirates Riverside.
The division’s early-season pacesetters made a flying start to their chase by plundering ten boundaries in the first five overs, with the score 46-1.
Day four had started with the threat of rain, forcing Paul Collingwood to declare their second innings overnight on 239-4.
But a positive start by Karl Brown in particular gave the hosts a scare as they searched for their first Specsavers County Championship win of the season after three draws.
Unfortunately for Lancashire, however, by lunch they had slipped to 105-5, losing three wickets for as many runs in 16 balls along the way, and they were later bowled out for 251 ins 67 overs to lose by 73 runs.
Liam Livingstone top-scored with 60 not out and shared in half-century stands for the sixth and ninth wickets with Alex Davies and Kyle Jarvis.
After the early loss of Haseeb Hameed, lbw to James Weighell, there was a six-ball spell which included five boundaries for Brown and Luke Procter.
Brown had made his way to 46 off 25 balls before he was also trapped lbw, but this time by Graham Onions as the score fell to 50-2 after seven overs.
Procter and Alviro Petersen shared 44 for the third wicket to take Lancashire to the verge of 100, but both fell in the space of 16 balls to Brydon Carse and Barry McCarthy.
Carse had Petersen caught at point with the penultimate ball of the 19th over before getting Procter caught at second slip with the second ball of the 21st.
And when Steven Croft was caught behind off McCarthy in the 22nd over, playing a similar cut shot to that of Petersen’s, Lancashire had fallen from 94-2 to 97-5.
Davies, who pulled McCarthy for two fours in three balls in the 34th over of the innings, and Livingstone accrued 43 runs in the seven overs immediately after lunch, bringing up the 50 partnership in the process.
Lancashire reached 151-5 in the 35th over, with the target now 174.
Davies fell shortly after when he edged Weighell behind for 39, leaving the score at 164-6 in the 40th over and ending a 67-run partnership with Livingstone.
Tom Bailey then fell in similar fashion to hand Carse his third wicket in the 47th - 181-7.
Scott Borthwick continued his good game by getting Neil Wagner caught at short-leg in the 50th over as the score fell to 188-8.
Livingstone hit Ryan Pringle’s off-spin for two successive sixes over mid-wicket in the penultimate over of the afternoon as they target dropped below 100.
A two the following ball brought up 50 off 91 balls, and Lancashire reached tea at 237-8 from 61 overs with 88 still required.
Livingstone, who now has three 50 plus scores in five innings, was given excellent support by Jarvis, with their 50 partnership coming up in the first over of the evening session.
However, their stand of 56 was broken by Weighell, who had Jarvis caught at short-leg by Keaton Jennings, who didn’t seem to know a great deal about it, for 28 as Lancashire fell to 244-9.
Onions ended the game by uprooting Simon Kerrigan’s off-stump, leaving Lancashire with a haul of six points.
Onions, Weighell and Carse all finished with three wickets apiece.