Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Took Our Foot off the Gas, Admits Durham Paceman

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Took Our Foot off the Gas, Admits Durham Paceman

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PACEMAN James Weighell admitted Durham let Sussex off the hook after a frustrating second day of their Specsavers County Championship clash at Chester-le-Street.

Luke Wells scored an unbeaten 98 to defy Durham on a day when the home side appeared to have taken control of the contest.

Weighell and Chris Rushworth had combined to reduce the visitors to 71-7 in reply to Durham's modest 224.

However, Wells led a rearguard action with the tail, adding 131 for the final three wickets to frustrate Durham - although he fell just short of a deserved century.

Ollie Robinson struck early in Durham's second innings, trapping Cameron Steel lbw, but Alex Lees and Cameron Bancroft were unbeaten at the close, leaving the Riversiders 31-1 - 53 runs ahead going into today's third day.

Durham began the day on 210-8, but were quickly dismissed after adding only 14 to their overnight total. David Wiese and Robinson removed Ben Raine and Rushworth respectively. In response, Rushworth made inroads into the Sussex batting order in his first over as Phil Salt played a loose drive to fall for two.

Wells was fortunate not to be run out by Raine, who missed the stumps with a throw from 10 yards. Raine did atone for his miss, striking to dismiss Tom Haines for 22.

Weighell took control before lunch, finding a rhythm from the Finchale End. He notched the crucial scalp of Stiaan van Zyl, who edged to Bancroft at second slip. Laurie Evans and Ben Brown soon followed, leaving the visitors reeling at 62-5 at lunch. Matters did not improve after the interval for Sussex. Rushworth replaced Weighell, and enjoyed the same success as his team-mate.

He bowled Matthew Burgess for nine before removing Wiese's offstump.

Amid the chaos at the other end, Wells maintained his vigil after previously surviving when he edged the ball between Jack Burnham and Bancroft in the slip cordon. …

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