Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Five-Star Show by Rushy - but Hosts in Charge

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Five-Star Show by Rushy - but Hosts in Charge

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ADAM Rossington produced a murderous counter-attack to revive Northamptonshire on the opening day of their crucial Specsavers County Championship promotion clash with Durham at Wantage Road.

Asked to bat in bowling conditions which could nott have been better designed, Northants were listing at 150-8 after Chris Rushworth's fourth five-wicket haul of the season before captain Rossington struck 60 in just 22 balls to rescue a batting point.

He was last out for 82 but pushed his side to 217.

Ben Sanderson then put Northants on top with three wickets as Durham slipped to 37-4 when bad light curtailed the day.

Rossington targeted the short legside boundary towards the Clark Road and shuffled across his stumps to slog-sweep seven sixes - three of them in one over from Brydon Carse which went for 27 and four off Rushworth, including the biggest which brought up the batting point.

It was the perfect time for a captain's innings and gave Northants something to bowl at, which looked unlikely when Rushworth ran through them after lunch.

Conditions were tailor-made for he and the Durham attack with a heavy grey cloud clinging over the ground and the floodlights the only reason play was possible.

Ned Eckersley could have declined the toss from the changing room.

However, the visitors did not initially do justice to conditions and allowed Northants to reach 99-1 just after lunch.

However, Durham found a more consistent length and Rushworth's first wicket began a severe slide of 7- for 51 in 21.1 overs.

He found the breakthrough with a delivery which jagged back sharply off the seam to pluck out Alex Wakely's off stump as he perfectly-justifiably shouldered arms.

Two balls later Rob Keogh edged an awayswinger to fall for a second-ball duck after a match-winning innings last week.

Rushworth also nipped one through Ben Curran's defences, Curran caught on the crease in losing his off stump for a battling 36. …

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