Given his chance because of injuries to three leading batsmen, the 18- year-old opener from Hartlepool showed tremendous composure during his 227-ball stay.
Although he hit only three fours, two of them off the edge, it was an invaluable innings for Durham, who were all out for 276, leaving Essex to survive one maiden over from Melvyn Betts before the close of play.
Another novice, the bowler Matthew Rawnsley, completed memorable match figures of 11 for 116 to spin Worcestershire to a 115-run victory over Oxford University at The Parks. The 21-year-old slow left-armer followed his 5 for 72 in the first innings with new career-best figures of 6 for 44 in the second.
Alun Evans scored a maiden first-class century as Glamorgan took advantage of friendly Cambridge University bowling to score 342 for 4 on a beautiful Fenner's pitch.Reuse content