Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Collingwood Stands Firm despite Durham Collapse

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Collingwood Stands Firm despite Durham Collapse

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Byline: Stuart Rayner at Lord'

PAUL Collingwood was refusing to panic after seeing his Durham side bowled out for the second lowest score in their history.

The Riversiders arrived at Lord's on day four to a game in the balance, but after just 80 minutes of cricket they had lost by 187 runs.

It was startling to see Durham shot out for 71 in conditions that were still pretty decent for batting. But their captain was refusing to hit the panic button after a first defeat of 2015.

"I don't think it's fair to question the fight in the team," he said.

"In Middlesex's second innings when we were bowling it had a similar effect, so there's still a lot of fight in the dressing room and in the end we were outdone by probably that first innings, the deficit of 169 runs.

"It's easy to come off the pitch after being bowled out like that and blame that last innings but you've got to look at the whole contest.

"There are certainly areas we know we can improve, but we didn't have our best game, and when you don't have your best game the opposition can cause damage."

Jamie Harris took 9-34 simply by consistently putting the ball in the right place.

With what cloud cover there was negated by the cold and the strong wind in Harris' face, the ball did no more than nibble around occasionally.

"It wasn't a bad pitch, that's the amazing thing," Collingwood said. "It just did enough. "I would say that the (Chester-le-Street) pitch that we knocked 263 off on last week probably did more in terms of extravagant movement, but there were more play-andmisses.

This pitch was more lbw, bowled and fine edges.

"It just did enough as the game went on. It probably got quicker in pace. That first innings, the pitch was really slow and we struggled a bit. The edges didn't really carry.

"It's disappointing. We created an opportunity there that we could have taken but weren't good enough to take it."

Batting was pretty easy until nightwatchman Chris Rushworth was the fifth batsman out in their first innings on the morning of day three.

In the next 24 hours there were 26 wickets as Middlesex were skittled for 89 and their visitors for even less.

Collingwood said: "When someone gets on a roll - you saw it when Chris Rushworth and John Hastings were bowling (in Middlesex's second innings) - you can cause some serious damage.

"Harris bowled a great spell into the wind and he's won the game for his team.

"It was probably a pitch that if you can get through the first 30, 40 overs of that hard ball, it really does flatten out.

"But both teams in their second innings didn't get past 25. That's the incredible thing."

Durham had won two out of two in the County Championship before their trip to Lord's, and only needed to draw to go top instead of Middlesex. …

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