Lancashire took nine points from their drawn LV= County Championship match against Durham at the Riverside today
Durham avoided the follow on target of 195 before lunch on the final day in reply to Lancashire’s first innings 344, mainly thanks to Phil Mustard’s invaluable 71 not out off 103 balls.
He and fellow left hander Ben Stokes shared a sixth wicket partnership of 61 – started on day three – to frustrate Lancs early on day four.
“Their two left handers played well,” commented Glen Chapple. “They frustrated us for just long enough.
“Obviously we’ve lost quite a bit of time to rain, and today hinged on whether we could make them follow on. There wasn’t enough in the pitch for there to be any other way we could force a result. We nearly managed it.”
Two wickets for Chapple and one for Jimmy Anderson kept their side interested.
But Mustard survived a dropped chance to take his side beyond the follow on target, and later 200.
Durham had began proceedings at 96-5 and Stokes slashed Anderson to Steven Croft at point for 37 to gift the Red Rose their first wicket of the day in the 47th over of the innings.
Anderson bowled a 26-over opening spell, which started on Wednesday evening and was interrupted by rain more than once. He bowled one more after the lunch break, finishing with 3-74.
Chapple had Liam Plunkett caught behind by Luke Sutton and bowled Callum Thorp with a yorker to leave the hosts at 184-8 in the 59th over, just before lunch. But Mustard hit two boundaries off Tom Smith to take his side to safety, killing the match in the process.
Chapple completed a haul of 5-65 from 23.2 overs to bowl the hosts out for 216 early in the afternoon session.
With a lead of 128, Paul Horton and Stephen Moore began the Red Rose county’s second innings. Both departed before tea.
Horton was run out by Mark Stoneman in the 12th over before Moore was brilliantly caught one handed by Michael Di Venuto at second slip off the bowling of Mitch Claydon for 26 in the 19th.
Mark Chilton (25) and Croft were bowled by Ian Blackwell and Plunkett after tea, but Shivnarine Chanderpaul made his way to 23 when the players shook hands on the draw at 4.50pm with Lancs on 91-4 from 40 overs.
Chapple continued: “We had the best of the game, we played some really good cricket. We’re pleased with the cricket we’ve played, just not with the result.
“We’re playing well, and we’ve got no worries on that score. I think we’re getting better with every game we play.”
Lancashire are back in Clydesdale Bank 40 action tomorrow when the ECB Unicorns visit Old Trafford.
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Graham Hardcastle at the Riverside
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