Bailey stars but Durham edge Day One
Scott Borthwick’s 134 was the feature of the opening day between Lancashire and Durham at Emirates Riverside today, but impressive Tom Bailey picked up four wickets on his return to the side.
Borthwick, out three times in the nineties during last season’s Specsavers County Championship, moved to three figures during the afternoon session on a day which saw his side win the toss, elect to bat and close on 341-6 from 96 overs.
The left-hander, a one-time England Test player with hopes of further honours, was supported by 31 for Mark Stoneman, 44 for Jack Burnham and 85 not out from captain Paul Collingwood.
Borthwick and Collingwood shared 123 in 32 overs either side of tea for the fifth wicket, with the former hitting 18 fours in his 221-ball stay at the crease.
Bailey was Lancashire’s standout performer with the ball, taking 4-79 from 24 overs in his first Division One fixture of the season having replaced England bound Jimmy Anderson.
“Considering they won the toss and decided to bat, if we can come back strong in the morning and skittle them, it would be classed as a solid day for us,” said the Prestonian.
“I think it’s probably evens at the moment, but it all depends on how we bowl in the morning.
“The wicket wasn’t offering much, so our plans were to bowl at the top of off-stump and try and go under threes (runs per over). I thought we did that pretty well. It was just difficult to bowl on.
“There was a bit of swing, but other than that there wasn’t much. It flattened out after that first session.
“You’ve just got to get your field right and bowl to a plan. I thought the lads did that well.”
Bailey struck twice with the ball to leave Durham at 46-2 in the eleventh.
Keaton Jennings was caught behind and Stoneman caught at second slip by Karl Brown.
Unfortunately, the Red Rose missed the opportunity to take a third wicket when Kyle Jarvis dropped Burnham on 10 at mid-off off Luke Procter’s bowling before lunch.
Jarvis managed to make amends after lunch when he had Michael Richardson caught at first slip by Liam Livingstone, by which stage Durham had been reduced to 151-4 in the 46th over.
Earlier, Livingstone had also helped Bailey get his third when Burnham edged in the same direction to fall for 44. The latter two wickets fell inside eight overs.
Borthwick reached his 13th first-class century off 158 balls inside the final 40 minutes of the afternoon, and the hosts reached tea handily placed at 213-4 after 64 overs in good batting conditions.
Borthwick, who shared 88 inside 29 overs for the third wicket with Burnham, and Collingwood brought up their century stand in 26 overs as the score moved to 253-4 after 72 overs.
Collingwood went to 50 shortly afterwards off 80 balls with seven fours and a straight six off Simon Kerrigan back towards the Finchale End of the ground.
But Kerrigan struck a timely blow in the 78th over when he had Borthwick caught at long-on by Alviro Petersen as the score fell to 274-5.
Durham went beyond 300 in the 84th over with Ryan Pringle now partnering Collingwood.
Bailey’s fourth wicket came when he forced Ryan Pringle to glove an attempted pull shot to Livingstone at slip - 317-6 in the 89th.
Collingwood, who has faced 148 balls and hit nine fours and the six, will resume tomorrow with James Weighell for company on 14.
On his own performance, Bailey added: “I’m replacing Jimmy Anderson, and it’s obviously been pretty hard trying to get myself in in front of him.
“But I’ve been chomping at the bit to get in the side, and thankfully I did alright today.
“I’ll take it (four wickets), but I’d rather see the side win first. Hopefully we can come back strong tomorrow and then the batters can get a big score.”