Durham fight back to win after following-on against Leicestershire

James Weighell produced a match-winning spell of 7-32 to inspire Durham to a 46-run win over Leicestershire in their Specsavers County Championship contest


Chester-le-Street (final day of four): Durham 184 and 403, Leicestershire 440 and 101 - Durham won by 46 runs

James Weighell produced a match-winning spell of 7-32 to inspire Durham to a 46-run win over Leicestershire in their Specsavers County Championship contest, triumphing for the first time after following on.

Weighell was the star with both bat and ball as he made a valuable 38 runs after the home side collapsed from a strong position after lunch after a brilliant spell of bowling from Gavin Griffiths. Durham set the visitors a target of 148 runs to win, although Chris Rushworth made early inroads, taking three wickets to send the nerves jangling.

Rushworth was forced off with an injury, but Weighell took centre stage as he tore through Leicestershire's batting line-up, claiming career-best figures in first-class cricket.

The home side made a solid start to the day as Will Smith notched his fifty in the second over with two boundaries off Ben Raine. Smith combined with Cameron Steel for a century partnership as the opener continued his solid work from day three. However, Steel was prevented from reaching three figures, falling for 86 lbw to Raine. Graham Clark looked comfortable, building on his performance in the first innings, although he was dismissed just before lunch for 25.

Durham were in a decent position with a lead of 67 when the afternoon session began. Griffiths emergence in the attack would swing the game in the visitors' favour, producing a brilliant spell to rip through the hosts middle order. Smith was the first to go for 74 as he played a loose drive. Neil Dexter parried the first attempt of a catch into the air, but was able to acrobatically snag it second time around. 

Michael Richardson and Paul Collingwood followed in a similar fashion, playing poor strokes to leave their side in peril. Griffiths was striding in with menace and removed Stuart Poynter and Nathan Rimmington in successive deliveries. The 24-year-old was denied a hat-trick, but his six-over run produced figures of 5-12, Griffiths' first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.

Durham were reeling at 345-8 with a lead of 89, but James Weighell led a late resistance to take their advantage to 147 before he became Griffiths' final victim and his 10th scalp of the match along with his best first-class figures in an innings and match.

The visitors were under pressure from the off in their chase as Rushworth removed Paul Horton for nine along with Colin Ackermann lbw for five. Mark Cosgrove played a poor shot to leave his side in trouble, with Weighell notching the wicket. Rushworth continued his dominating spell pinning Lewis Hill in front lbw for five. 

Rushworth was forced to leave the field with an apparent groin injury, but Weighell kept up the intensity with the key scalp of Michael Carberry for 22. Ned Eckersley suffered an injury during Durham's innings and was unable to keep wicket. He made 15 before being caught down the legside for 15 off Weighell.

Neil Dexter appeared to be the man to guide Leicestershire home, but he was removed by a beauty from Weighell, clean bowling the veteran. The seamer brimmin with confidence wrapped up the tail, claiming the final two wickets in successive deliveries, securing a remarkable comeback for the hosts.

Report courtesy of the ECB Reporters Network



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