Wood revives Durham, Northeast bolsters Kent

Durham 217 (Wood 72, Weighell 55, Claydon 5-54) and 57 for 2 lead Kent 206 (Northeast 110, Onions 6-62) by 68 runs

Kent skipper Sam Northeast scored more than half his side's runs before he was last out for 110 in the Specsavers County Championship match against Durham at Chester-le-Street. All out for 206, with Graham Onions taking 6 for 62, Kent trailed by 11 and in 22 overs Durham reached 57 for 2 in their second innings.

They were also indebted to the all-round efforts of Mark Wood on his comeback from the heel injury which had sidelined him since the second Test against South Africa in mid-July. His career-best 72 not out rescued Durham from 77 for 7 in the morning and he followed up with 3 for 48.

Wood shared an eighth-wicket stand of 106 with James Weighell, who made 55 before Mitch Claydon took the last three wickets to finish with 5 for 54 on his old stamping ground.

In recording his best figures for two years, Onions was on the mark from the outset, pinning Sean Dickson lbw then beating Joe Denly's forward defensive push to take out the off stump.

The fact that 18 wickets fell in the day made Northeast's effort all the more remarkable. He went in at 14 for 2 and got off the mark with an edged four when trying to withdraw his bat. But at tea he had propelled his team to 134 for 3 from 26 overs. He sped to fifty off 45 balls with ten fours, despite losing Daniel Bell-Drummond, who grafted hard for his 26, only to surrender when he tried to pull Wood and lobbed a catch to mid-on.

Starting with the second ball after tea, Kent then lost five wickets for 13 runs. Zak Crawley was lbw to one from Wood which looked a little high and three balls later Darren Stevens hung out his bat and edged behind.

Left-hander Calum Haggett pushed limply down the wrong line to have off and middle rattled by Onions and the surrender continued as Adam Milne edged a lavish drive. Sam Billings, suffering from a migraine, went in at 147 for 7 and departed first ball, having his leg bail trimmed when aiming for midwicket.

Claydon clubbed three fours in contributing 16 to a stand of 28 before driving to deep mid-off to give Onions his sixth wicket.

On 81 when last man Imran Qayyum joined him, Northeast farmed the strike and cut Wood over backward point for six on the way to his 102-ball century, which included 17 fours. He finally fell when he edged a forcing back-foot shot off Weighell to give wicketkeeper Michael Richardson his third catch.

With Billings resting, Kent emerged with Bell-Drummond behind the stumps and he held the catch off Haggett which removed the struggling Keaton Jennings for 13. Haggett also brought one back a long way to bowl Cameron Steel, shouldering arms, for nought.

Kent 4th innings Partnerships

1st0DJ Bell-DrummondSR Dickson
2nd0JL DenlyDJ Bell-Drummond
3rd47JL DenlySA Northeast
4th1SA NortheastZ Crawley
5th26DI StevensSA Northeast
6th38SA NortheastSW Billings
7th8SW BillingsCJ Haggett
8th35SW BillingsAF Milne
9th21SW BillingsImran Qayyum
10th8ME ClaydonSW Billings