Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carse Strikes with Ball after Durham Dominate with Bat; THE MATCH: Durham V Leicestershire

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Carse Strikes with Ball after Durham Dominate with Bat; THE MATCH: Durham V Leicestershire

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THREE wickets from Brydon Carse has put Durham in a strong position after day two of their clash with Leicestershire.

The hosts were able to capitalise on their excellent performance from day one, recording their highest total of the campaign. Ned Eckersley scored an unbeaten half-century in his first game as captain before declaring on 544-9. Leicestershire's openers Paul Horton and Hassan Azad provided resistance as both players notched halfcenturies, but Carse struck three times with his extra pace to reduce the visitors to 152-4 at the close, still 392 runs behind the hosts.

Durham began the morning session with the opportunity to build on their platform from day one. Nathan Rimmington scored quick runs to move the hosts towards the 400-run mark. The nightwatchman hit two boundaries through the off-side against Will Davis, but the bowler had his revenge by bowling Rimmington for 25.

Eckersley arrived at the crease and guided his team past 400, reaching maximum batting points for the first time at home since August 2017 against Derbyshire.

Liam Trevaskis worked his way patiently to 37 after being dropped by Harry Swindells. But Gavin Griffiths broke through his defences, pinning the left-hander lbw to deny him a half-century.

But Eckersley continued his knock after the break. The newly-appointed skipper found his timing after missing the Vitality Blast fixtures, recording his third half-century of the season from 59 deliveries, including three boundaries.

Carse at the other end upped the ante as the hosts pushed beyond the 500-run mark. Eckersley was given a reprieve on 63 as fatigue appeared to wear down the Leicestershire attack as Griffiths dropped a simple chance.

Carse attempted to push for his half-century, but was run out seven runs short of the milestone by Wright. Eckersley immediately called time on Durham's innings, walking off with an unbeaten 71. …

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