Cricket: Brown battles to preserve Durham hopes

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Durham's left-arm seamer Simon Brown took 5 for 58 on the usual bowlers' day in the Championship match at Chester-le-Street, where Derbyshire still look in control, after leaving the hosts a target of 257 to win the match batting last.

Brown helped to restrict Derbyshire to 176 all out, getting rid of first- innings centurion Chris Adams for one, and it was down to Michael May, with 64, and wicketkeeper Karl Krikken, with an unbeaten 36, to provide the bulk of the visitors' runs.

Durham, bowled out for 174 chiefly by Phil DeFreitas, who took 5 for 37 in the morning, again struggled in their second innings and were 48 for 3 at the close.

Yorkshire's young openers Anthony McGrath, unbeaten on 39, and Michael Vaughan, with 29 not out, reached 74 without loss to launch a home fightback against Nothamptonshire at Headingley.

Northamptonshire, whose left-armer Paul Taylor, with 6 for 45, finished off Yorkshire for 166 in quick style, built up a first-innings lead of 120, with captain Rob Bailey, who hit 61, and Kevin Curran, 63, helping them to 286 all out.