Cricket: Durham declaration gives Chapple place of rest

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Durham 515-9 dec; Lancashire 118-2

GLEN CHAPPLE, Lancashire's 19- year-old fast-bowling prospect, finished with the estimable figures of 3 for 97 off 29 overs in the huge Durham total, further evidence of emerging quality. Durham players, impressed, warned that the danger to a burgeoning career lay in his being over-bowled, a timely reminder in view of Lancashire's impending bowling crisis.

Chapple found it harder to make an impact yesterday. The pitch was drier and firmer and by the evening was playing well, although the quick bowlers could always hope for sudden lift from the Warwick Road end. Durham had two men well set overnight and although Phil Bainbridge was well taken at slip without addition, Paul Parker was soon enjoying the feel of the ball coming on that much quicker.

Lancashire, as on the first day, made things harder for their bowlers. Jimmy Daley was dropped at slip off Philip DeFreitas before he had scored and Parker, with one added, might have been snatched at third slip off Peter Martin. Parker went on to his 45th century (16 fours), while Sunderland's Daley, who began his career in the last two matches of last summer with two 80's, collected a workmanlike 50 before gliding to third man. Ian Botham, in shades of iridescent blue, waved airily down to long leg, but the runs went on and on.

Alex Barnett was not called to bowl until the 155th over, at 471 for 7, and immediately posed a few different problems. With luck, he might have picked up a couple of tail-enders.

With seven needed to surpass Durham's highest score, David Graveney declared. Was he another captain with no soul, like Phil Neale, who declared when Graeme Hick could have overtaken Archie MacLaren's 424? Presumably he wanted Lancashire to taste the cherry twice, before and after tea. He did fiddle out Gehan Mendis who, in trying to whip John Wood off middle stump, was caught at slip.

Atherton and Nick Speak eased Lancashire through another 35 overs, and 87 runs before the latter fell to a brave silly point catch as Graveney and leg-spinner Mark Briers tried to unravel Lancashire's reply. - Wasim Akram's return to Lancashire could be delayed for a few weeks by strained back muscles sustained during Pakistan's final Test match against the West Indies. Wasim left the ground near the end of the fourth day and immediate medical opinion was that the injury would need a few weeks' rest. 'My action has been all wrong for some time and it's obviously affected my bowling' he said. 'I'm feeling the amount of cricket we've had over the past couple of years and I feel I need a rest.'