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Bowlers fire as Lancashire record first Bob Willis Trophy win

Bowlers fire as Lancashire record first Bob Willis Trophy win

Tom Bailey took his 200th First-Class wicket and Liam Hurt finished with four-for as Durham are dispatched inside 3 days at Emirates Riverside

MATCH CENTRE

Lancashire recorded a dominant victory over Durham by an innings and 18 runs inside three days in their Bob Willis Trophy match at Emirates Riverside.

The Red Rose were in control of the contest after the opening two days and compounded their advantage by passing the 300-run mark with the bat, earning a third bonus point.

Entering the Durham second innings with a lead of 128, the visitors were relentless with the ball and Tom Bailey led the way taking three wickets to remove the home side's top order, chalking up his 200th First-Class wicket in the process.

Liam Hurt then took centre stage, notching figures of 4-27 in only his second First-Class fixture, to seal an emphatic win and the perfect response to last week's disappointing defeat in the opener against Leicestershire.

Lancashire are now back in contention in the North Group, earning 22 points from the match, while Durham are rock bottom adding only another three to their total.

Resuming on 284-9, Bailey took the attack to the Durham bowlers, finding the boundary with ease. He launched two sixes to drive Lancashire over the 300-run mark to secure their third batting point of the contest.

Matt Salisbury ended the innings for 308, claiming his fourth wicket by pinning Richard Gleeson LBW for two.

Durham had a challenge to fight their way back into the match, but their second innings began in the worst possible manner, losing Alex Lees for a duck to a sublime yorker from Bailey that dislodged his off-stump.

Sean Dickson fell for three, edging behind to Davies from another fine Bailey delivery, and Durham soon slumped to 5-3 as Cameron Steel continued the procession back to the pavilion, Luke Wood swinging a fine yorker back into his pads.

The home side suffered a further blow before lunch when Wood found Gareth Harte's outside edge, putting the visitors in complete control. 

David Bedingham tried to provide impetus in the Durham innings after the restart. He made his way to a brisk 25 before he became Bailey's third victim of the innings, being pinned LBW.

The visitors kept plugging away and pressured the middle order. Hurt's introduction into the attack from the Finchale End brought the wickets of Ned Eckersley and Brydon Carse in successive balls.

The Durham skipper received a ball that rose off the surface and he could only fend it into the hands of Steven Croft. Carse was then LBW on the crease by a swinging delivery from the right-arm seamer. Ben Raine was left to face the hat-trick ball, but survived with a solid defence.

Jack Burnham offered resistance ensuring that Durham surpassed their lowest First-Class total of 61. He played well for his knock of 27, but it ended when he got caught in two minds playing a pull against Hurt, inside edging the ball onto his own stumps.

 

Hurt claimed his fourth wicket of the session removing Matt Salisbury after finding the outside edge. Liam Livingstone put down Bedingham earlier in the day, but atoned for his drop with a brilliant low catch at second slip to send the tailender on his way.

Livingstone then ended proceedings as Rushworth was the last man out. He edged behind to Davies for 11, allowing the Red Rose to complete a fine victory on the road and get off the mark in the competition.

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