Durham dominate Day Three after Borthwick ton
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.
“It was tough,” said Kerrigan. “We didn’t start with the new ball how we wanted to in the middle session. We tried to dry it up in the last session, and I think we did really well to keep it to a 320 lead.
“We’ll have to wait and see what happens tomorrow and try and chase them down.
“The pitch is good. If they bowl well with the new ball it will be tricky, but it’s a fast scoring outfield with a fast boundary on one side. So you never know.
“We’ll have to wait and see what they do. They didn’t advance as fast as we thought they would, taking chances with seven wickets in hand.
“You’ve got to play with intent all the way. It’s about getting to the last session and seeing where it takes you. There’s a lot of cricket to be played to get into a winning position, but there are going to be gaps.
“They will be trying to take wickets and will have catchers behind the wicket. If we get off to a good start, you never know.”
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.
Kerrigan added: “I enjoyed this morning. I keep talking about my batting, so it was nice to get out there and get some runs.
“With the new ball coming early on, the chat was to try and do a job for the team and try and get the ball softer so that it was easier to score. I did that, and I was pretty happy with it.”