Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cam and Ned Set New Record for Durham

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cam and Ned Set New Record for Durham

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DURHAM outplayed Specsavers County Championship promotion hopefuls Sussex until tea at Hove before the home side counterattacked thrillingly in the final session.

Resuming on 259 for five on the second morning, Durham went on to make 384 and then reduced Sussex to 96 for five at tea before David Wiese and Delroy Rawlins cheered up local supporters with some spirited strokeplay in the long shadows.

Sussex took the new ball at the start of play, intent on making up for some missed opportunities on the opening day. But the bowling was wayward - of the first 31 runs in the morning only 13 came off the bat.

Durham captain Cameron Bancroft and Ned Eckersley went on and on and when Bancroft went down the pitch and drove Luke Wells for four shortly before lunch it took the partnership to 281. That set a new sixth-wicket record for the club, beating the 278 shared between Michael Richardson and Stuart Poynter at Derby last year.

Then Sussex battled back, taking the last five Durham wickets for 12 runs in 32 deliveries. Two balls after the partnership record was broken, Wells took a sharp return catch to dismiss Eckersley, whose 118 came from 237 balls, with 14 fours. It was his first championship century for two years.

In the following over, Bancroft was out. Attempting to sweep, he was lbw to Rawlins for 158. Rawlins and Will Beer wrapped up the innings. Slow left-armer Rawlins finished with three for 19 - the first time he had taken more than one wicket in an innings.

The Sussex top order, without the injured Phil Salt and with others out of form, has been misfiring and here they were soon two for three after 25 balls.

Wells hung out his bat and nicked Chris Rushworth to first slip, Beer was lbw to a yorker from Brydon Carse and Harry Finch was also lbw, failing to get forward to a pitched up delivery from Rushsworth for a duck. …

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