Steel century gives Durham some hope on final day

Cameron Steel scored his maiden first-class century
Cameron Steel scored his maiden first-class century

Durham 166 & 376 (Steel 128) v
Northamptonshire 338 & 44-1 (Newton 25no)
County Championship Division one, Chester-le-Street, day three

Cameron Steel scored a valiant century as Durham fought back to post 376 runs in their second innings to set a target of 205 runs for Northamptonshire in their County Championship Division One encounter in Chester-le-Street.

Durham resumed their innings at 78 for one. The nightwatchman Barry McCarthy (3) got dismissed early on day three while Stephen Cook (42) departed two runs later as they were reduced to 81 for three. With Graham Clark (6) had a failure, it looked like an innings defeat was on the cards for Durham.

However, Steel (128) waged a fight and had brief supports from Paul Collingwood (54) and Ryan Pringle (47 not out) to help the team post a respectable total of 376. They were also greatly helped by 30 extras conceded by Northamptonshire bowlers.

Having set a target of 205 runs in the final innings, Paul Coughlin (1-26) struck in the third ball of the innings to dismiss Max Holden (0) but Rob Newton (25 not out) and skipper Alex Wakely (18 not out) added an unbeaten 44 run stand. They need 161 more runs for a win with nine wickets in hand on the final day.

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