Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fortune Favours Brave as Captain's Gamble Pays off; COACH LEWIS HAILS 'COURAGEOUS' COLLY AFTER DURHAM WIN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fortune Favours Brave as Captain's Gamble Pays off; COACH LEWIS HAILS 'COURAGEOUS' COLLY AFTER DURHAM WIN

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Byline: STUART RAYNER at Emirates Riverside @StuRayner

JON Lewis praised the "courageous" Paul Collingwood declaration which brought Durham's first County Championship win of 2016.

There were a few eyebrows raised when the Riversiders did not come back out to bat yesterday morning.

It meant Lancashire theoretically had all day to score the 325 runs they needed for a third win of the season.

More importantly, though, it gave Durham 96 overs to take the 10 wickets which they required for the first - if, contrary to the forecasts, the weather held.

In the end, the meteorologists were wrong. The rain they predicted did not fall until the 73-run victory was completed.

Collingwood, though, had got it spot on.

Durham coach Lewis pointed out. "It took a bit of courage to make the declaration overnight. Full credit to Colly for that.

"If we had had a more experienced seam attack it would have been a bit easier but with a young seam attack it did take a little bit of courage.

"It was a fourth-day pitch so there was a little bit of wear and deterioration but it was a decent pitch most of the time."

Durham's seamers stuck to their task well to chip away the wickets they needed in 67 overs.

Under any circumstances it would have been a good effort on a pitch much less bowler-friendly than your stereotypical Riverside track.

Yet from such a youthful attack it was even more special.

After starting the season with three draws, it was Durham's first victory.

Lewis added: "It was an impressive bowling performance.

"Graham (Onions) as the senior guy led well but I think the other three seamers did particularly well.

"It is very encouraging for the club as a whole.

"The bowlers took 19 wickets - there was one run out - and 16 of them came from those three seamers.

"Considering they only have 10 games between them it was a sterling effort. There was real quality from them."

South African fast bowler Brydon Carse took 3-83 and new-ball bowler James Weighell a career-best 3-45.

The third of Durham's green seamers, Barry McCarthy, recorded his maiden first-class five-fer in Lancashire's first innings.

Carse, explaining Collingwood's choice to pull out at 411-4, said: "We wanted to give ourselves the best opportunity to bowl them out.

"It proved a good decision because we needed to give ourselves as much time as possible to bowl them out.

"By the looks of it it is not the normal green seaming wickets so there is a lot more pressure on the bowlers to get wickets but there is nothing better than winning a game on the fourth day."

A club whose thin squad has rightly been causing a few palpitations this winter suddenly seems to have a bit of depth to it with everyone - bar last year's leading wicket-taker Chris Rushworth - fit and in most cases firing. …

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