The Northants opening bowlers Ben Sanderson and Brett Hutton have given Durham a fine demonstration in how it should be done with the ball here at Wantage Road.
Durham failed to put enough pressure on the their hosts in the gloom yesterday morning with too much short and wide stuff. Although they were 150-8 at one point yesterday skipper Adam Rossington got them past 200 with a swashbuckling 82.
Durham have had nobody capable of getting anywhere near that in their innings and they have struggled to cope with the tight lines of Sanderson and Hutton. Sanderson had his 5-for inside 17 overs, while Hutton has now chipped in with a couple of wickets.
Between them Ben Raine and Ned Eckersley have been involved in 10 stands of more than 50 this season but they are both gone. Their partnership today was 57 runs and took Durham from 42-6 to 99-7. But nobody else has looked like getting any runs. Raine made 18 and Eckersley 37.
Are Durham’s promotion hopes disappearing in the autumn sunshine in Northampton? They are going to have to play a lot better than this in the second innings to get anything out of this one.