County Championship round-up: Jamie Harrison's five wickets set up Durham
Sunday 25 August 2013
Bowler of the day
Jamie Harrison marked his first appearance of the season by taking a career-best 5 for 31 as Durham gave themselves a chance to go second in the First Division by bowling Surrey out for 108 at Chester-le-Street to take a first-innings lead of 313. The 22-year-old left-arm seamer took four wickets on his debut last season and played four more games before suffering a stress fracture in his right shin.
His return came in a Durham side without Graham Onions and Callum Thorp – both injured – and Ben Stokes, with the England Lions.
Harrison mopped up Surrey's tail with three wickets yesterday and claimed another as Durham enforced the follow-on. Two wickets in consecutive balls from Bradford-born seamer Usman Arshad, making his first-class debut, saw Surrey slip to 33 for 3 and limp to 52 for 3 when drizzle ended play early.
Durham have one more day to complete a win that would see them leapfrog Sussex and Middlesex and move to within 25.5 points of leaders Yorkshire before their meeting at Scarborough next week.
Batsman of the day
Yorkshire's Gary Ballance enhanced his growing reputation by top-scoring with 87 as England Lions posted 319 for 7 from their 50 overs in the second of three one-day internationals at Taunton. It followed his 115 as the Lions won the first, at Bristol, by 202 runs, a match in which Sussex's Luke Wright hit 143 not out from 68 balls, with 10 sixes.
A complete last-day wash-out at Canterbury left Kent frustrated, even though Gloucestershire had more to gain from the deal struck on Friday to set up a run chase. Gloucestershire, with an outside chance of promotion, were set 399 to win but were 307 for 9 at the close on Friday, leaving Kent one wicket short of their second win of the season.
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