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Lancashire edge closer to victory against Durham

Lancashire edge closer to victory against Durham

REPORT: Lancashire v Durham, Second XI Championship, Day Two

Lancashire need just four more wickets to beat Durham after dominating the second day of their Second XI Championship clash.

The hosts closed on 101-6 after Lancashire piled up a first innings lead of 224, thanks to centuries from Brooke Guest and Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

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The pair resumed their overnight stand after the Red Rose had closed day one on 164-3, taking the score on to 352 before Brooke fell.

The Lancashire wicketkeeper, fresh from his 57 not out in Monday’s one-day win at Emirates Riverside, made a superb 133 featuring 22 fours in a stay of just over five hours.

Durham had nowhere to turn, and eventually tried nine bowlers as Guest and Chanderpaul piled up a stand of 256 for the fourth wicket.

The Guyanese left-hander hit a six and 10 fours and had moved on to 111 when Guest finally fell to Main. Skipper Arron Lilley declared immediately in the hope of polishing Durham off in the same way as the first innings, with Danny Lamb taking 5-37 as the home side made just 128.

It looked like Lancashire might claim victory a day early when they reduced Durham to 79-6, with Lilley and Toby Lester grabbing two wickets apiece, but Trevaskis and Read held on until the close.

Durham still need another 124 to make Lancashire bat again, but with decent weather forecast for Thursday the 2017 champions are within touching distance of a second win of the season.

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