Lancashire v Durham Spectator Guide
Durham’s cricketers had the best of the first day of their Specsavers Division One game against Lancashire at Southport but the loss of two wickets just before the close gave Steven Croft’s players hope that they could mount a fight back on the second morning strong position.
Replying to the home side’s inadequate 204, Paul Collingwood’s men had reached 88 for three at stumps with Scott Borthwick on 37 not out.
The first Durham wicket to fall was taken by Jimmy Anderson, who is only playing in the first two innings of this game as he prepares for Friday’s Emirates Old Trafford Test.
The Lancashire seamer had Keaton Jennings caught by Tom Smith at slip for two but Mark Stoneman and Borthwick both batted in a determined fashion in a 69-run second-wicket stand , although Borthwick was regularly flummoxed by the impressive Anderson.
Stoneman was caught by Tom Moores off Luke Procter five overs before the close for 40 and Jack Burnham was then snaffled by Croft at slip for seven off the same bowler off what became the last ball of the day.
Earlier in the day Lancashire’s batsmen proceeded carefully to 81 for two in the morning session after Croft had won the toss and opted to bat on a green but true Trafalgar Road wicket which offered good carry and even bounce.
The first wicket to fall was that of Tom Smith, who departed to the sixth ball of the morning, when he was caught at third slip by Ben Stokes off Chris Rushworth for nought.
Haseeb Hameed and Procter then mounted the most cautious of recoveries, adding 26 runs in 16.2 overs against an accurate attack. However, two balls after he was dropped at slip by Durham captain, Paul Collingwood, off Stokes, Hameed perished at the other end when he was pouched by Keaton Jennings off Paul Coughlin for 10.
The arrival of Alviro Petersen heralded an increase in the scoring rate but Collingwood was forced to leave the field with a hand injury, possibly split webbing, after dropping Hameed.
Lancashire lost five wickets, most of them to avoidable errors, in adding 107 runs in the afternoon session. The visiting seamers were the main beneficiaries, Paul Coughlin having Luke Procter caught behind for 30 in the fourth over after lunch to begin a poor three-over spell for the home side in which they lost two more wickets in scoring 13 runs.
Jack Burnham’s sharp throw from deep midwicket ran out Alviro Petersen for 51, just one ball after the South African has completed his impressive half-century, and Karl Brown was caught behind off Graham Onions for nought.
Debutant Tom Moores and Steven Croft put on 41 for the sixth wicket before Moores edged a drive off Keaton Jennings to Michael Richardson when he had made 25 and Kyle Jarvis was caught and bowled by Jennings for only two.
Croft and Simon Kerrigan took their side to tea without further loss but the evening session brought no respite for the home batsmen. Kerrigan, Matt Parkinson and Croft all fell to Rushworth who took those three wickets in 11 balls to finish with four for 30 from 16.1 overs.
Durham gained a first-innings lead of 87 and then struck once with the ball to claim a slender advantage heading into the second half of their Specsavers County Championship match against Lancashire at Southport.
Paul Collingwood battled through a webbing injury on his left hand for a typically obdurate 50 as the visitors, replying to 204, recovered from 169 for six at lunch.
They were later bowled out for 291 on the stroke of tea before the Red Rose county reached close in decent order at 59 for one from 24 overs, a deficit of 28.
Jimmy Anderson had more of an impact today than his England team-mate Ben Stokes, who made 21 with the bat before looping a return catch to leg-spinner Matt Parkinson this morning.
Anderson struck twice in 16 overs, getting Adam Hickey and Collingwood, who had earlier pulled him onto the nearby railway line, caught behind deep into the afternoon by impressive debutant Tom Moores.
Anderson finished with figures of three for 58 from 22 overs in all and will be replaced by Nathan Buck from day three onwards.
The day started with Durham at 88 for three, and they lost Stokes, Scott Borthwick for 64 and Michael Richardson before lunch.
Stokes, shuffling down the pitch, fell to Parkinson’s first ball of the innings and Borthwick was beaten in the flight and bowled through the gate by Simon Kerrigan.
And, in the last over of the session, Richardson was caught at slip off Kyle Jarvis.
Collingwood then shared an important 71 inside 31 overs with Paul Coughlin (26) through the majority of the afternoon before the latter was bowled by Kyle Jarvis as the score fell to 240 for seven in the 86th over.
It was the first of three wickets to fall inside four overs as Anderson got Hickey and Collingwood caught behind - 250 for nine in the 89th.
Chris Rushworth and Graham Onions then added what could be a crucial 41 for the tenth wicket before the former swept Parkinson to deep backward square to wrap up the innings on the stroke of tea.
Onions then struck in the fourth over of Lancashire’s second innings when he had Tom Smith caught behind by Richardson, leaving the score at three for one.
Stokes was introduced into the attack after 10 overs, with Lancashire at 25 for one.
He bowled three maidens in seven overs for 13 runs, while Borthwick’s introduction, in the 16th, saw the hosts halve the deficit with four byes and four leg byes to fine-leg.
Haseeb Hameed and Luke Procter, both strong on the drive, were the ones who gave Lancashire a late evening boost by sharing an unbroken 56.
Hameed will begin day three on 24 and Procter 22.
Luke Procter posted a patient six-hour 122 to help Lancashire set Durham a challenging 247 to win on day four of their Specsavers County Championship match at Southport.
The Red Rose number three, 28, had only reached three figures in the Championship once before this season, in the title-winning year of 2011.
This year, he has two to his name after one against Hampshire in the victory at Emirates Old Trafford in early May.
He underpinned Lancashire’s second-innings score of 333 all out on a pitch offering assistance for both seam and spin bowlers.
The hosts started day three on 59 for one, 28 runs in arrears, and Procter and second-wicket partner Haseeb Hameed wiped off the deficit.
They completed a partnership of 114 in 37 overs, with Hameed reaching 53 by the time he gloved an accurate short ball from Ben Stokes to third slip as the score fell to 117 for two in the 41st.
Stokes bowled three no balls in his first two overs before finishing with figures of three for 50 from 19.4 overs as he prepares to return to the England squad for Friday’s second Test against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford.
Hameed was the first of two wickets to fall before lunch, with Alviro Petersen trapped lbw playing back to Scott Borthwick in the final over of the session - 160 for three in the 54th.
Lancashire were five down by the time Procter reached his century off 235 balls.
Both wickets went to off-spinner Adam Hickey, who had Steven Croft caught at deep mid-on and Karl Brown caught at short-leg to leave the score at 209 for five after 73 overs.
Procter had a life on 73, with Hickey playing a part as he failed to collect a throw from the cover region to the non-striker’s end with the left-hander well short of his ground.
On-loan Notts wicketkeeper Tom Moores settled quickly at the crease on his first-class debut, and he lofted Borthwick for a straight six before tea, where the hosts reached at 246-5 with a lead of 159.
Procter and Moores shared 70 in 26 overs either side of tea before both fell in successive Borthwick overs as Lancashire fell to 283 for seven in the 101st.
Procter inside-edged the leg-spinner to leg slip before Moores, for 35, was run out from cover by Paul Coughlin after Kyle Jarvis called for a quick single.
Jarvis was then bowled by a Borthwick googly in the next over before Simon Kerrigan and Nathan Buck, who has come into the fixture for Jimmy Anderson, took the Lancashire lead above 200.
Kerrigan edged Stokes behind for 19 before Buck pulled Borthwick for a six and four and then lofted him over long-on for six more as the lead approached 250 with 10 minutes of play remaining.
Parkinson then looped a catch up to short-leg off Stokes to wrap up the innings, with Buck finishing on 27 not out.
Durham moved to second place in the Specsavers County Championship table with a nail-biting victory by two wickets over Lancashire at Southport today.Tom Smith was the star of the day with five wickets, including four for 12 in eight overs before tea as Durham slipped from 170 for two to 195 for seven in their pursuit of 247.But Ben Stokes and Adam Hickey all but saw Durham home with a 48-run stand inside 12 overs for the eighth wicket.Stokes was run out for 36 off 43 balls with four runs needed before Chris Rushworth hit the winning runs off Kyle Jarvis in the 78th over of the innings.Durham are now second in Division One, 13 points behind Middlesex with a game in hand having played nine.Smith finished with five for 25 from 16 overs, his first five-for since 2014 - against Durham at Emirates Old Trafford.Keaton Jennings with 82 and Jack Burnham with 52 had put Lancashire right on the back foot with a third-wicket stand of 123 either side of lunch as the visitors recovered from 47 for two.One of the first two wickets was Mark Stoneman lbw playing across the line against Jarvis in the day’s first over.Smith had the other, Scott Borthwick caught in the gully.But Jennings and Burnham both fell as three wickets went in 19 balls between the 55th and 58th overs as the Red Rose bounced back.Jennings, the division’s leading run-scorer with 951, has now reached 50 seven times in 14 innings.Smith had actually dropped two slip catches off Simon Kerrigan either side of lunch, but he hit back in style.Kerrigan broke the Jennings-Burnham partnership by trapping the latter lbw with a quicker ball before Smith had Jennings caught behind off a top-edged pull and Michael Richardson strangled down the leg-side.Paul Collingwood was Smith’s fourth victim, and third of the afternoon, when he was trapped lbw for four to leave the score at 183 for six in the 64th.He then had Paul Coughlin brilliantly caught behind one-handed by a diving Tom Moores in his next over to ensure Lancashire ended the afternoon on a high.Ben Stokes was unbeaten on 15 at tea, with Durham needing 50 with three wickets in hand.When Smith was brought out of the attack after 73 overs, Durham were 216 for seven needing 31 more to complete the double over their Northern rivals after the victory at Emirates Riverside in May.Adam Hickey pulled Jarvis for six into the members to take the target to 18 in the 76th over before Stokes launched Kerrigan over wide long-on twice in the next as the target became four.The England man was then run out at the non-striker’s end after clipping a ball just wide of short-leg, although it did not cost the visitors.Lancashire are now fourth in Division One and 20 points off the leaders having also played 10.