North Group, Chester-le-Street, August 08 - 10, 2020, Bob Willis Trophy
180 & 110

Lancashire won by an innings and 18 runs


Liam Hurt dishes out the pain for rock-bottom Durham

Hosts routed for 110 in second innings to lose inside three days at Riverside

Jack Burnham is bowled as Durham slump to defeat  •  Getty Images

Jack Burnham is bowled as Durham slump to defeat  •  Getty Images

Lancashire 308 (Bohannon 75, Salisbury 4-57) beat Durham 180 and 110 (Hurt 4-27, Bailey 3-11) by an innings and 18 runs
Lancashire recorded a dominant victory over Durham by an innings and 18 runs inside three days in their Bob Willis Trophy match at Emirates Riverside.
The Red Rose were in control of the contest after the opening two days and compounded their advantage by passing the 300-run mark with the bat, earning a third bonus point. Entering the Durham second innings with a lead of 128, the visitors were relentless with the ball, and Tom Bailey led the way taking three wickets to remove the home side's top order.
Liam Hurt then took centre stage, notching his best first-class figures of 4 for 27. James Franklin's men were listless with the bat and were dismissed for 110 as only four batsmen passed double figures. Lancashire are now back in contention in the North Group, earning 22 points from the match, while Durham are rock bottom adding only another three to their total.
Resuming on 284 for 9, Bailey took the attack to the Durham bowlers, finding the boundary with ease. He launched two sixes to drive Lancashire over the 300-run mark to secure their third batting point of the contest. Matt Salisbury ended the innings for 308, claiming his fourth wicket by pinning Richard Gleeson lbw for 2.
Durham had a challenge to fight their way back into the match, but their second innings began in the worst possible manner, losing Alex Lees for a duck to a sublime yorker from Bailey that dislodged his off-stump. Sean Dickson fell for 3, edging behind to Davies from another fine Bailey delivery. Durham soon slumped to 5 for 3 as Cameron Steel continued the procession back to the pavilion, with Luke Wood swinging a delivery back into his pads. The home side suffered a further blow before lunch when Wood found Gareth Harte's outside edge, putting the visitors in complete control.
David Bedingham tried to provide impetus in the Durham innings after the restart. He made his way to a brisk 25 before he became Bailey's third victim of the innings, being pinned lbw. The visitors kept plugging away and pressured the middle order. Hurt's introduction into the attack from the Finchale End brought the wickets of Ned Eckersley and Brydon Carse.
The Durham skipper received a ball that rose off the surface and he could only fend it into the hands of Steven Croft. Carse was then trapped lbw on the crease by a swinging delivery from the right-arm seamer. Ben Raine was left to face the hat-trick ball, but survived with a solid defence.
Jack Burnham offered resistance ensuring that Durham surpassed their lowest first-class total of 61. He played well for his knock of 27, but it ended when he got caught in two minds playing a pull against Hurt, inside edging the ball onto his own stumps. Hurt claimed his fourth wicket of the session removing Salisbury after finding the outside edge. Liam Livingstone put down Bedingham earlier in the day, but atoned for his drop with a brilliant low catch at second slip to send the tailender on his way.
Raine and Chris Rushworth battled for a period to delay the inevitable, putting on a stand of 24 for the final wicket. Livingstone ended proceedings as Rushworth was the last man out. He edged behind to Davies for 11, allowing the Red Rose to complete a fine victory on the road and get off the mark in the competition.

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