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Richard Gleeson, bowlers impress on Day One

Richard Gleeson, bowlers impress on Day One

Lancashire close the first day on 33/0 after bowling Durham out for 180 at Emirates Riverside


Lancashire are on top after Day One of the Bob Willis Trophy match against Durham after bowling out the home side for 180 at Emirates Riverside.

Richard Gleeson was the standout bowler for the visitors, claiming figures of 3-32, while the rest of the wickets were shared around the attack.

Alex Lees provided the only meaningful resistance for the hosts with a patient half-century, while Ben Raine was left stranded on 24 not out at the end of the innings.

The Red Rose had a tricky spell to negotiate before stumps, but they closed the day 33-0, trailing the home side by 147 runs heading into the second day.

Despite their struggles in the first innings against Yorkshire last week, Durham skipper Ned Eckersley opted to bat first on a glorious summer's day at Emirates Riverside.

However, the home side's top-order problems continued, with Sean Dickson falling to a fine one-handed catch from Alex Davies behind the stumps from a swinging Tom Bailey delivery.

Cameron Steel was then pinned LBW, leaving a straight delivery from Luke Wood that nipped back.

David Bedingham scored an impressive half-century against the White Rose, but on this occasion he gave his wicket away, playing a loose cut shot to a wide delivery from Gleeson and Davies claimed a simple catch behind the stumps.

Resistance came from Lees, who displayed the same patience at the crease as he did last week scoring a century against Yorkshire. The left-hander and Gareth Harte put on 52 for the fourth wicket, which was only ended by a run out.

Harte's hesitation cost him his wicket when George Balderson connected with a direct hit from backward point. Lees maintained his poise and notched his half-century from 151 deliveries.

After Lees reached his milestone, a clatter of wickets ensued. Jack Burnham fell lbw to Gleeson after narrowly surviving an outside edge that bounced short of Keaton Jennings.

Lees was put down by Jennings on 61 after Wood found his outside edge. It only cost Lancashire five runs as Lees became the second run-out victim of the session. Dane Vilas and Davies combined to run out the opener for a well made 66. Eckersley then knicked off to Balderson for eight, leaving Durham seven down before the 150-run mark.

Raine provided aggression before being penned back by the Lancashire attack. His attempt to cut loose off Liam Hurt resulted in an edge that just looped over Liam Livingstone at second slip.

Hurt's persistence paid off when Brydon Carse pulled a short ball straight into the hands of Vilas at square leg, handing him a maiden First-Class wicket.

Gleeson's return from the Finchale End yielded the wicket of Matt Salisbury lbw for one before Liam Livingstone wrapped up the Durham innings by removing Chris Rushworth caught behind.

Lancashire enjoyed a solid start to their reply with Jennings and Davies blunting the new-ball attack of Rushworth and Carse. The latter struggled to find his rhythm following his return from England's white-ball squad earlier this month. It allowed Jennings and Davies to settle and leave the visitors unscathed from a nine-over burst at the close.



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