Borthwick takes three to leave MCC on the ropes
Durham 459-9 & 228-6 MCC 162 & 156-7
Thursday 01 April 2010
Durham ripped through MCC's batting line-up for the second day in a row to move within three wickets of a decisive victory on day three of the county curtain-raiser at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
If MCC's labours in the field on Monday suggested the pink ball being trialled in this prestigious fixture offers little for the bowlers, Durham have gone about proving the opposite ever since, rolling their opponents for 162 yesterday and leaving them 156 for seven at stumps. That left MCC 370 runs adrift of a nominal target of 526, with Scott Borthwick and Ian Blackwell sharing six wickets in the final session.
Steve Kirby started with a fiery spell this morning. First he beat Blackwell with a bouncer and then clattered Will Smith on the helmet with another short-pitched delivery. Jon Lewis, who has been struggling with a thigh problem for much of the match, then came on first change and proceeded to bowl Smith via the bottom edge with his first ball of the innings.
After Blackwell and Phil Mustard fell, debutant Ben Stokes added just seven before he was pinned lbw by MCC skipper Alex Gidman as Durham stumbled to 74 for five. Mustard's dismissal brought day one centurion Kyle Coetzer and Callum Thorp together. Despite the awkward twilight period closing in, Smith delayed the inevitable declaration by a handful of overs before calling his men in at 228 for six.
MCC soon set about replicating their implosion on day two, with Blackwell taking the crucial wickets of Dawid Malan and David Sales. The result was now a formality but Lewis (32no) and Murtagh (27no) forged a solid eighth-wicket stand to ensure the match would reach day four.
The Independent's live blog of today's Premier League action
World Masters Athletics Championships: Meet the 95-year-olds still picking up medals
Don't mess with me, Diego Costa warns Manchester City ahead of Chelsea clash
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
West Ham vs Liverpool match report: Reds are caught cold by hot Hammers
Aston Villa vs Arsenal team news: Alexis Sanchez incorrectly named in starting line-up as Alex Oxlade-Chamerlain called up to start
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'