Durham near victory

Thursday 12 December 2013 05:29

Durham's bowlers gave their side a superb chance of a first County Championship win of the season after a rain-interrupted day at the Riverside yesterday.

The Durham attack needed only 22.2 overs to take the last four Gloucestershire wickets, reducing the visitors to a first-innings total of 132, with Ian Hunter taking 3 for 62.

Following on 338 runs adrift of the home side, Kim Barnett (20 not out) helped the visitors finish the day on 44 for 2, still 294 runs in arrears.

At Trent Bridge, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire are heading towards a draw. In between the frequent showers yesterday, the hosts were only able to extend their score from 184 for 7 to 207 for 8 – still 70 runs adrift.

Rain washed out play at The Oval, where Surrey are playing Somerset, and at Horsham, where Sussex are entertaining Leicestershire.

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