RESULT
20th Match, Chester-le-Street, May 12 - 15, 2022, County Championship Division Two
311 & 249
(T:196) 365 & 137

Durham won by 58 runs

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Matthew Potts presses England credentials with career-best to bowl Durham to victory

Seamer claims seven second-innings wickets and 11 for the match in dramatic win over Glamorgan

Matthew Potts claimed 11 in the match as Durham beat Glamorgan, LV= Insurance County Championship, Division Two, Durham vs Glamorgan, The Riverside, May 14, 2022

Matthew Potts claimed 11 in the match as Durham beat Glamorgan  •  Getty Images

Durham 311 (Stokes 82, Petersen 78) and 249 (Borthwick 90, Lees 61, Neser 4-57) beat Glamorgan 365 (Root 88, Neser 62, Carlson 53, Northeast 51, Potts 4-61, Raine 4-61) and 137 (Potts 7-40) by 58 runs
Matthew Potts enhanced his England credentials by claiming career-best figures to inspire Durham to a dramatic 58-run victory over Glamorgan on the final day of their LV= Insurance County Championship Division Two clash at the Riverside.
Potts was in breathtaking form and took five wickets on final day, having previously claimed two in the evening session of day three, ending the innings with 7 for 40 and match figures of 11 for 101. Glamorgan were to rue a collapse from 65 for 2 to 137 all out in pursuit of their victory target that began when Marnus Labuschange was out from the penultimate ball of day three.
Once Potts made inroads in the early overs of the final morning, the momentum as truly with the home side. The England hopeful blew away their resistance that should surely put him on the path to be included in team-mate Ben Stokes' first squad as captain. More importantly for Durham, it ended a run of five matches without a win in the County Championship to propel them up into third place in Division Two.
Durham required a fast start to put the pressure on the visitors. Potts answered the call for his team, producing a vicious bouncer that caught the glove of Kiran Carlson. Carlson was not thrilled with the decision, but Alex Wharf raised the finger. Potts then prised out Sam Northeast, who had looked comfortable at the crease. Scott Borthwick initially spilled the catch, but managed to clamp his legs together to claim the ball at the second attempt to send Northeast on his way for 26.
Potts made way after his initial burst, but Brydon Carse ensured that the intensity from the hosts did not wane. He bowled with pace and accuracy after struggling in the first innings. An array of short-pitch bowling ended Billy Root's stay at the crease for 10 as he gloved one behind, attempting a hook shot that had brought him a boundary earlier in the over.
Sensing another opportunity, Borthwick brought Potts back into the attack for a short spell. The 23-year-old claimed his fourth five-wicket haul of the season when he pinned Glamorgan skipper David Lloyd lbw, who was batting at number eight after suffering an injury on day three.
Carse turned the momentum firmly in the favour of the home side when he found Chris Cooke's outside edge before lunch, removing the last recognised Glamorgan batter.
Potts sensed blood in the water after lunch, and he drove his side over the line to claim career-best figures by dismissing Michael Neser with a brilliant yorker that caught the toe of the Aussie before clean bowling Michael Hogan to wrap up the victory, sparking massive celebrations from the hosts in the middle.
Potts played down the England chatter. His dream of a game at Lord's was just Durham's trip to the capital to face Middlesex on Thursday.
I'm looking forward to playing Middlesex to go to the Home of Cricket, I've only played there once with The Hundred," he said. "It will be nice to play a red-ball game there to see what it has to offer.
"As for the news articles about England I tend not to try and read them too much. It would be silly to read them and get too far ahead of myself. If you look too far ahead you can lose sight of what is in front of you.
"It would be a dream to be picked and obviously to play Test cricket is something I aspire to do, having previously just been a white-ball bowler. I feel I have a lot to offer in the red-ball game, hopefully I can maintain my form and we'll see what happens."

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