Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rampant Rushworth Continues Durham's Good Form

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rampant Rushworth Continues Durham's Good Form

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DURHAM continued their impressive run of form in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two by defeating Worcestershire by 109 runs at the Riverside.

The home side had laid the groundwork for their triumph on day three with a solid batting performance followed by a late onslaught by Chris Rushworth.

He returned to notch a third fivewicket haul of the campaign on the final day, claiming 10 wickets in the match with figures of 10-67.

Ben Cox and Ed Barnard did offer resistance with a sixth-wicket partnership of 96 but it was in vain as Worcestershire slipped to their second defeat on the bounce.

Durham extended their unbeaten run to six matches, securing their fourth victory of the season to move into fourth place in the table - one point behind Northamptonshire in the final promotion spot.

The visitors resumed on day four on 31-3 but Rushworth was to continue his charge from the previous evening. He had an lbw appeal turned down against Ross Whiteley, although the veteran seamer returned to remove the Worcestershire batsman's off stump for 18.

Rushworth claimed his fifth wicket of the innings after probing away at Callum Ferguson. He eventually found the edge and Graham Clark took the catch at first slip to reduce the visitors to 56-5. Worcestershire were in dire need of a partnership to stem the tide. Barnard and Cox were able to come to the fore to provide a semblance of resistance at the crease.

The two players deployed a positive approach and brought a muchneeded 50 partnership before lunch, reaching the milestone in 65 balls.

They continued to frustrate the Durham bowlers after lunch, working their way towards a century stand.

However, their excellent partnership was broken on 96 when Nathan Rimmington trapped Barnard lbw for 43. Cox was able to work his way to a deserved half-century - his third of the campaign - from 87 deliveries. …

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