Durham v Surrey, Chester-le-Street, 3rd day August 24, 2013

Surrey rocked by Harrison five

Les Smith at Chester-le-Street

Surrey 108 (Harrison 5-31) and 52 for 3 trail Durham 421 by 261 runs

Two young Durham players, Jamie Harrison and Usman Arshad, bowled their side into a dominant position against Surrey, who are still 261 runs behind with seven wickets in hand after being made to follow on.

From 97 for 6 overnight, were only able to add 11 to their first-innings total. Their tail was mopped up by Harrison, a 22-year-old Lancastrian whose left-arm swing and seamers are delivered at a very brisk pace. He disposed of Surrey's last three batsmen, two lbw and finally scattering Jade Dernbach's stumps, without conceding a run.

It was Harrison's first five-wicket return in first-class cricket, taken in his first County Championship appearance this year. Steven Davies, easily Surrey's most impressive batsman in a poor team showing, stood firm amid the mayhem and finished unbeaten on 41, with his team 313 behind.

Harrison was a satisfied young man at the end of the day. He suffered a frustrating 2012 when he was hobbled by shin splints, and has worked hard on his fitness in the meantime. "All through the winter I was in the swimming pool at six in the morning and ten at night, and putting ice on my legs," he said. "That seems minimal when you take five wickets."

He has also put in a lot of overs, 350-plus, this summer for his club side Stockton and the Durham seconds, and the fitness dividend was clear to see.

With an eye on the weather forecast and trusting the bowlers who had served him so well in the first innings, Durham's captain, Paul Collingwood, enforced the follow-on and Harrison was immediately at it again, bowling Arun Harinath behind his legs for a duck. Rory Burns stood firm for three quarters of an hour but then Collingwood introduced Arshad and the innings took a new direction.

Arshad, 20, is making his first class debut, and he looks very useful. From Bingley, near Bradford, he has made his way northwards and impressed the Durham coaches with his performances in the second team this summer.

The absence of Ben Stokes with the England Lions has given him his opportunity and he grabbed it. He took two good wickets in Surrey's first innings, then two in two balls in the second. First he had Burns caught by Scott Borthwick at slip, then he tied up Vikram Solanki, who was caught behind down the leg side.

The day's play was restricted to 23 overs by rain and bad light. The decision by the umpires to take the players off in the late afternoon was not popular with the sparse crowd, and the light didn't appear at that time to offer any danger to batsmen or fielders. It became academic, however, when rain set in.

Harrison said that Durham were confident that, if the weather stays fair on Sunday and their bowlers stay patient, they will take the seven wickets they need for the win. He is probably right.

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  • Martin on August 25, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Good to see the Durham way - local lads, academy products, no egos - winning out so comprehensively over the Surrey way (wasted money, poor recruitment, inflated egos). With Durham missing Onions and Stokes, and Surrey having the bonus of Amla and Tremlett, this performance must be the nadir of a dreadful season. Is anyone actually coaching Surrey at the moment? Is Stewart getting involved in the day-to-day stuff?

  • Mark on August 25, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Surrey are demonstrating that you cannot spend your way out of trouble if the basis of a decent side is not there. Poor Hashim Amla. He must be wondering what he has let himself in for. Why so many people had Surrey down as one of the title favourites is beyond me.

    In contrast, Durham, who most people had going straight down, look to be the main challengers to Yorkshire - probably the only challengers - for the title. That would be a remarkable turnaround when, in early August last year they seemed certain to be playing in Division 2 this season.

  • David on August 24, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    If I was a Surrey fan I would be pretty upset. The club have spent the sort of money other counties can only dream of on English and overseas players and what have they got from it in the way of championship results...Zero.

    They seem to be the closest thing County Cricket has to a badly managed Premier League football team. Desperate to buy success at any price, petulant and unwilling to accept responsibility for their own actions, I'll be glad to see this bunch of show-ponies back in the second division...and I don't think I'm alone.

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