Cricket: Schofield takes eight to lead Durham demise

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LANCASHIRE BULLDOZED Durham out of their way yesterday for their sixth win in seven seasons against the newest first-class side. It was also Lancashire's sixth success win in seven Championship games - the exception being the rain-affected game at Worcester last week - and they now seem assured of competing in the new First Division next year.

Chris Schofield, the 20-year-old leg-spinner, took eight wickets in a match for the third time in his eight-game career as Lancashire claimed victory by an innings and 14 runs. The prospect of Schofield linking up with Muttiah Muralitharan next season will alarm the most competent opponents.

Peter Martin refused to allow Schofield to take all the praise as the paceman, bristling with aggression, took two wickets in two balls, the first being Nick Speak who provided Durham's main resistance with 66.

Schofield claimed 3 for 72 to follow his career-best 5 for 66 in the first innings and his chief success was to bowl David Boon, although he also ran out the opener Jon Lewis with a superb piece of fielding.

Earlier, John Crawley had stretched his season's best innings to 158 in helping Lancashire to 437, a lead of 211.

The England Under-19s capitulated to an innings defeat against Australia at Riverside, giving the tourists a share of the three-match Test series.

Following an easy win for the hosts in the first match at Edgbaston and a rain-affected draw at Bristol, the Australians needed to improve their game. But England never competed on captain Michael Gough's home ground, losing by an innings and 107 runs inside three days after their opponents had scored 424 batting first.

England, whose first innings realised a paltry 84, fared only a little better yesterday. From an overnight 138 for 4, they mustered just 233 despite 50 from the Surrey batsman Michael Carberry. Yorkshire's all-rounder Richard Dawson added another 33, but it was not enough in the face of a determined bowling effort from Australia. Ben Oliver was the chief architect of England's demise, finishing with 6 for 38.

THIRD NATWEST UNDER-19 TEST (Riverside): Australia Under-19 424 (S Clingeleffer 135, M Clarke 111, R J Logan 4-86), England Under-19 84 (M Johnson 4-16) & 233 (M A Gough 59, M A Carberry 50, B Oliver 6-38). Australia Under- 19 win by an innings and 107 runs.

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