Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Slump to Big Lord's Defeat; THE MATCH: Middlesex V Durham

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Slump to Big Lord's Defeat; THE MATCH: Middlesex V Durham

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PAUL Colingwood admitted poor first-innings batting cost Durham dear as they tumbled to a heavy defeat at Lord's.

The Riversiders went down to Middlesex by an innings and 80 runs after being bowled out for 252 in their second innings.

However, captain Collingwood believes it was their paltry firstinnings score of 204 which did the damage.

He said: "We did a lot of good things in this match but what hurt us most was only scoring 200 in our first innings.

"The pitch deteriorated quickly to be fair and was very spin-friendly on day three.

"It is disappointing but we must keep our chins high as we have another important weekend coming up at the T20 Blast finals."

Second-day centuries from Nick Gubbins and Nick Compton, coupled with excellent match figures of nine for 102 from off-spinner Ollie Rayner, ensured Middlesex were full value for their 22-point win.

Batting again before lunch and in the face of a first-innings deficit of 322, Durham received a couple of early let-offs with Mark Stoneman the beneficiary on both occasions.

With only a single to his name, Stoneman was dropped behind by John Simpson when glancing against Tim Murtagh, who was again the unlucky bowler soon after the resumption when Stoneman edged to slip to see Stevie Eskinazi down a low chance to his left.

The Durham opener's luck evaded him on 25 when, in aiming to work to leg, he clipped a return catch to Rayner who snaffled a fine catch diving to the left of the stumps. Rayner struck again three overs later to snare Keaton Jennings for 45.

Jennings - who with his score on eight became the first player of the season to reach 1,000 championship runs - played inside the line of a turning delivery to depart lbw.

Three deliveries later Scott Borthwick followed the procession when he too went lbw to 12 after missing a James Franklin grubber.

Michael Richardson hung around 43 minutes for two before he too went back to a turning delivery from Rayner to be trapped in front.

Five overs after tea Murtagh deservedly opened his wicket account with a beautiful off-cutter which nipped up the Lord's slope and through the gate of Jack Burnham's defensive push.

Harry Podmore then made two vital breakthroughs in the space of six deliveries.

The young firebrand slipped one down the Lord's slope to slip the top of Paul Collingwood's off stump then, with his tail up, extracted extra bounce to have Adam Hickey caught behind for nought.

Rayner was soon back among the wickets by turning one out of the rough to have Paul Coughlin caught at short leg.

Leg-spinner Dawid Malan ended Mark Wood's cameo, turning one to have him caught at slip, leaving Rayner to take five for 85 - the ninth five-wicket haul of his career - by having Graham Onions caught at mid-on. …

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