Durham v Middlesex, Chester-le-Street, 3rd day

Durham close in after Wood fires

Press Association

June 3, 2014

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Middlesex 330 (Roland-Jones 63, Denly 59, Wood 4-75) and 90 for 2 trail Durham 568 for 9 dec (Borthwick 216, Stoneman 187, Roland-Jones 5-103) by 148 runs

Sam Robson steered his side home, Middlesex v Nottinghamshire, County Championship Division One, Lord's, 4th day, April 16, 2014
Sam Robson could be key to Middlesex's survival hopes on the fourth day © Getty Images

Middlesex opener Sam Robson stood firm as Durham piled on the pressure in search of their first Championship victory of the season. Robson finished day three at Chester-le-Street on 42 not out with the visitors 90 for two in their second innings and still trailing by 148 after being asked to follow on.

Chris Rushworth had earlier trapped Chris Rogers leg-before for one with the score on five before Keaton Jennings took a fine diving catch off the bowling of Mark Wood to remove Dawid Malan and leave the champions in the driving seat heading into the final day.

Having resumed their first innings in deep trouble at 69 for 4 in reply to Durham's mammoth 568 for nine declared, Middlesex initially made solid progress. However, with Joe Denly and John Simpson having put together a partnership of 114, Simpson's stumps were demolished by a full-toss from Ben Stokes, prompting a sheepish apology from the bowler.

The visitors' fortunes were to take a further turn for the worse two balls before the scheduled lunch break when John Hastings found the shoulder of Denly's bat and Michael Richardson snapped up his third catch of the innings in the gully.

They might have been even worse off had Stokes managed to cling on to a sharp chance at gully off Rushworth after lunch which let Paul Stirling off the hook on 17, and the batsman took full advantage to reach 50 off 96 balls. He and Toby Roland-Jones put on 89 for the seventh wicket before the Irishman chipped Scott Borthwick to Jennings at short leg having added just five more to his score.

Roland-Jones, whose 5 for 103 was the only significant bowling contribution in Durham's first innings, completed his 50 off 80 balls and had progressed to a career-best 63 by the time he dragged on a ball from Mark Wood to leave the visitors at 320 for 8 at tea. They managed just four more runs as Steven Finn was bowled by Wood for 2 - he ended with 4 for 75 from 14 overs - before Borthwick had Tim Murtagh stumped for 42 to end the innings on 330, 89 short of the follow-on figure.

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Posted by CodandChips on (June 4, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

@Dave1965 U agree with you on Borthwick and the Steve Smith comparison

Posted by Dave1965 on (June 4, 2014, 1:10 GMT)

I'm Surprised that no one in the media has mentioned Wood for a spot in the England test team. As a Somerset member I haven't seen a huge amount of him but he bowled fantastically down at Taunton a couple of week ago by pitching the ball up and at genuine pace, which is just what England need. It was some of the best quick bowling that I have seen at Taunton since the days of Andy Caddick.

Also good to see Borthwick get a couple wickets, I think that England should use Borthwick like Australia do Smith as a middle order batsmen who can bowl a some overs of leg spin. There are actually a lot of similarities between the two's cricketing career as both started out as leg spinners and now they are accomplished top order batsmen who bowl a few overs of leg spin. I hope Borthwick gets another chance in the test team but as a batsman and not a frontline bowler (which he isn't) that batted at 8 and 9.

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