Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

James Weighs in but Hameed Holds Visitors Together; THE MATCH: Durham V Lancashire

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

James Weighs in but Hameed Holds Visitors Together; THE MATCH: Durham V Lancashire

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Haseeb Hameed led Lancashire's resistance against Durham on the second day of their specsavers County Championship match at Chester-le-street. Replying to 411, they recovered from 21 for two to reach 205 for four from 73 overs.

england Under-19 batsman Hameed fell five overs from the close for 74, made off181 balls, when he missed an attempted fierce pull offa long hop from scott borthwick and was bowled.

The bolton boy concentrated on dogged defence, but completed his 128-ball half-century with one of several wristy leg-side shots. It gave him his fifth four and he added three more as he gave solid support to alviro Petersen and steven Croft.

The largely cloudless skies and a placid pitch combined to blunt an inexperienced Durham attack, in which Graham Onions strove hard to provide the lead.

Lancashire seemed to sense they could prosper after seeing him offand his opening spell either side of lunch read 9-5-9-0. both he and James Weighell found some life in the pitch with the new ball and a double strike by Weighell, a tall Teessider playing his third firstclass game, had Lancashire wobbling.

Karl brown was drawn into a drive wide of offstump and edged to Ryan Pringle at third slip. Then in Weighell's next over left-hander Luke Procter pushed forward and edged a much more difficult chance, which Pringle did well to hold low to his right.

The first bowling change came at 28 for two after 18 overs, but the next ten overs yielded 44 runs as Petersen showed his class on the way to a 94-ball half-century.

He dominated a stand of 104 with Hameed, making 61, before stepping across to work Onions behind square and falling lbw. Croft was offthe mark with a bottom edge for four offOnions and remained unbeaten on 31.

In the morning Paul Collingwood fell short of his twin targets as Lancashire secured maximum bowling points four balls before the 110-over cut-off.

Collingwood, on 85 overnight, was ninth out for 97, but his hopes of a century and full batting points had already gone with his team on 375.

Resuming on 341 for six, Durham lost wickets in the day's third and fourth overs and had added only one run. Weighell's edge to gully completed Tom bailey's well-deserved first five-wicket haul in division one.

Carse gave Liam Livingstone his fourth catch at first slip and there was another wicket for Kyle Jarvis when Collingwood sliced a drive and was well held by brown at gully.

a last-wicket stand of 36 between barry McCarthy, who drove two sixes offbailey in his 37, and Onions ended when the Irishman hoisted a catch to longon in in simon Kerrigan's first over of the day.

Last night, Weighell said: "The pitch is a bit two-paced and it's not easy for batsmen when they first come in. The plan will be to go hard with the second new ball and if we get a couple of wickets we will be in the box seat. …

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