Durham revival continues with Worcestershire win to keep alive promotion hopes

Chris Rushworth takes 10 wickets to secure victory in the penultimate session of the match at Chester-le-Street


Chester-le-Street (fourth day of four): Durham 212 & 290-8d, Worcestershire 151 & 242 - Durham won by 109 runs


Durham continued their impressive run of form in the Specsavers County Championship Division Two by defeating Worcestershire by 109 runs at Emirates 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 third five-wicket 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 in the Championship. 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 for 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 for 5.

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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 much-needed fifty partnership before the lunch break, reaching the milestone in 65 balls. 

Barnard and Cox 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. 

Brydon Carse got the vital breakthrough the hosts, utilising his pace to hurry Cox on his glance to the legside that found the edge and allowed Ryan Pringle to claim the catch at cover. Carse then notched his second wicket courtesy of a fine diving catch from Ned Eckersley behind the stumps to remove Joe Leach. Durham closed in on the victory as Dillon Pennington played a loose drive at a Rimmington delivery, resulting in a good low claim by Clark at first slip from the edge. 

Brett D'Oliveira and Charlie Morris put on 43 for the final wicket, but Rushworth returned to earn his sixth wicket of the innings and 10th in the match by bowling Morris to secure the win for the hosts.

Courtesy of the ECB reporters network
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