Surrey are shatteredas Durham break duck

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Durham finally broke their duck against Surrey when they annihilated the county champions well inside three days at Chester-le-Street.

Surrey, set 317 to win having been on the back foot from the outset, suffered an extraordinary slump from 41 for no wicket to 85 all out. It was Surrey's first defeat in the competition since they lost to Leicestershire in the last match of the 1998 season - and for the second successive day they recorded the lowest Championship total made by any county against Durham.

In 17 encounters with Surrey in all competitions since coming into first-class cricket in 1992, Durham had lost the lot. This time they won by 231 runs.

Durham, 121 for 7 overnight, reached 186 before Simon Katich was last out for 65. Surrey were 39 for no wicket at lunch, but then Durham turned to their seam and swing specialists Neil Killeen and Simon Brown. Once Ian Ward had edged Killeen to second slip Surrey's confidence evaporated. Brown finished with 3 for 8 and Killeen 3 for 14.

Speak invited the 17-year-old Nicky Peng to lead Durham off the field. Following his innings of 98 and 23 he was described by Surrey's captain Adam Hollioake as "the best young player I've ever seen".

In another First Division match, Andrew Flintoff and Neil Fairbrother hit centuries on a good batting pitch to put Lancashire well on top against Leicestershire.

Flintoff continued his impressive start to the season with a relatively restrained 119, while Fairbrother claimed his first century for two years as Lancashire piled up 342 for 5 on day two in reply to Leicestershire's first-innings total of 265. The pair shared a fourth-wicket stand of 139 in 36 overs after Lancashire had slipped to 94 for 3. Mike Atherton, John Crawley and Sourav Ganguly all fell before Flintoff, promoted to No 3, took control.

CHESTER-LE-STREET SCOREBOARD

Durham (16pts) beat Surrey (3pts) by 231 runs

Overnight: Surrey 104. Durham 234 (N Peng Gillender 98, P D Collingwood 66; B C Hollioake 4-41) and 121-7 (M P Bicknell 4-55).

Durham Second Innings S M Katich lbw b B C Hollioake 65 M M Betts lbw b Bicknell 23 S J Harmison b B C Hollioake 0 S J E Brown not out 4 Extras lb8 nb17 25

Total (65.1 overs) 186

Fall: 1-11 2-11 3-13 4-14 5-61 6-113 7-118 8-168 9-173

Total Bonus Pts: Durham 16 Surrey 3

Bowling Bicknell 27 6 85 5 Tudor 19 4 45 3 B C Hollioake 13.1 6 27 2 Bishop 4 2 20 0 A J Hollioake 2 1 1 0

Surrey Second Innings M A Butcher b Brown 24 I J Ward c Collingwood b Killeen 17 G P Thorpe c Daley b Harmison 1 B C Hollioake lbw b Brown 0 A D Brown lbw b Killeen 4 A J Hollioake lbw b Killeen 0 J N Batty c Katich b Betts 7 M P Bicknell b Betts 7 I D K Salisbury b Harmison 0 A J Tudor not out 17 I E Bishop b Brown 2 Extras b2 w2 nb2 6

Total (41.4 overs) 85

Fall: 1-41 2-45 3-45 4-50 5-50 6-50 7-57 8-58 9-66

Bowling Betts 10 1 36 2 Harmison 12 4 19 2 Brown 8.4 6 8 3 Collingwood 1 0 6 0 Killeen 10 5 14 3

Umpires: G I Burgess and T E Jesty

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