Durham moved to the top of the LV= County Championship Division One table after wrapping up victory on the final day against Surrey at The Oval. The home side resumed on 164 for six in their second innings - a lead of 115 runs - and their tail managed to get that lead up to 180. Gary Wilson (26) and Gareth Batty (27) extended their overnight seventh-wicket partnership to 46, but Scott Borthwick then ran through the remainder of the lower-order on his way to career-best figures of six for 70 as only Tim Linley (19) reached double figures thereafter.
That left Durham needing 181 to win on a pitch which had been termed a bit of a lottery by their captain Paul Collingwood yesterday due to prominent grooves apparently caused by an AFL game last year. They did suffer a poor start as Will Smith was caught behind off Linley in the first over. However, Scott Borthwick, again making the most of his promotion to number three, struck 42 and added exactly 100 with Mark Stoneman (67) for the second-wicket. Borthwick fell as the first in a mini-collapse of three for 19, but Ben Stokes ended on 35 not out to guide them home by five wickets.
The win marks the latest in an upturn in form for Durham. They had lost back-to-back games to Warwickshire and Yorkshire last month, but were buoyed by a magnificent fourth innings run chase against the clock to beat Nottinghamshire in their last match and have now beaten Surrey in a match during which they were always just ahead of the home side. The win puts them 13.5 points clear at the top of the table, although their closest rivals, Middlesex and Yorkshire, have played one less game. Surrey, meanwhile, are one from last with three draws and today’s loss from their four games.
Tomorrow is a rare off-day on the county circuit, with action resuming on 15th May when round six of the LV= County Championship gets underway. Full previews will follow tomorrow evening.
LV=CCD1, Derbyshire v Sussex at Derby
LV=CCD1, Nottinghamshire v Surrey at Trent Bridge
LV=CCD1, Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton
LV=CCD1, Warwickshire v Yorkshire at Edgbaston
LV=CCD2, Glamorgan v Essex at Cardiff
LV=CCD2, Northamptonshire v Leicestershire at Wantage Road
Group A, YB40, Kent v Worcestershire at Canterbury (1640 BST, 1540 GMT start)
MCCU match, Cambridge MCCU v Gloucestershire at Fenner’s (not first-class)
County Cricket News In Brief:
Glamorgan have stated that they will not rush Simon Jones back into the first-team after the former England fast-bowler experienced “a little bit of swelling” in his troublesome knee after bowling 18 overs for the second XI last week. Over the winter, Jones signed a contract agreeing to an increased workload for 2013 but has not yet featured in any first-team cricket. He is hoping to begin by playing some Yorkshire Bank 40 games as soon as possible.
Lancashire CCC has launched an Asian Talent Search to help it identify players from Asian backgrounds who are not currently on the player pathway in the county. Players aged between 15 and 18 from four local towns are being invited to trials on 27th May at Lowerhouse CC in Burnley.
Northamptonshire chief executive David Smith has told the Northamptonshire Telegraph that talks with an unnamed all-rounder with a view to him filling the second overseas spot in this season’s Friends Life t20 are ongoing. He said, “We’re talking to an all-rounder and will get back in touch with his agent during the week and see where it goes. We’re hopeful of something happening later in the week, it’s just a case of sitting tight and waiting.”
Sussex CCC has donated some of their one-day kit to local club Rye CC who are celebrating their 260th season this year with a game against Lashings World XI. Sussex junior professionals Harry Finch and Callum Jackson were on hand to deliver the kit.
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