Durham v Lancashire: Late wickets hand Durham initiative

Scott Borthwick
Borthwick missed out on his second Championship century of 2014 as he was dismissed for 92
LV= County Championship Division One, Emirates Durham ICG
Close, day three: Durham 338 & 267 v Lancashire 266 & 41-2
Durham 6pts Lancashire 5pts
Match scorecard

Durham's Scott Borthwick missed out on a century as they set Lancashire a target of 340 to win on day three of their Championship match.

After resuming on 16 without loss, Durham were reduced to 62-4 before Borthwick (92) and Paul Collingwood (47) steadied the ship.

Tom Smith took figures of 5-42 as Durham were bowled out for 267.

Lancashire lost Paul Horton for a duck early on and then saw Alex Davies (18) depart as they reached 41-2 at stumps.

Fast bowler Chris Rushworth took both wickets, trapping Horton and Davies lbw. Usman Khawaja, who scored 86 in Lancashire's first innings, remains unbeaten on 18.

Reigning Division One champions Durham are still searching for their first Championship win of 2014, having drawn six of their seven matches so far.

The home side were under pressure in the morning session as they reached lunch at 96-4, with Smith dismissing Michael Richardson lbw and Ben Stokes caught and bowled in the same over.

A 99-run partnership for the fifth wicket from Collingwood and Borthwick put Durham back in control and John Hastings, batting at nine, then added a useful 40.

Lancashire require 299 runs on the final day if they are to win their second match of the season.

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"Someone asked me today how many points I think Durham need to avoid relegation. While they have not yet won I don't think this season will boil down to that.

"They have drawn six and only lost one and are in decent nick.

"The weather robbed them of a win last time out against Middlesex, but if things go OK tomorrow they should take their first victory of the campaign against Lancashire - the side who have beaten them more times than any other (14 - along with Sussex).

"Durham won't be counting their eggs, however. Yorkshire pulled off a record run chase here last year so it is doable.

"But Lancashire have not been the best with the bat this season and their 340 for victory looks a tall order after losing both openers in the final 14.1 overs of the day to leave them on 41-2. They require one more run than Yorkshire managed.

"Credit to Scott Borthwick, as well, who made a gutsy 92 for Durham in difficult conditions earlier."

BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read:

"Losing the wicket of Alex Davies in the final over took the shine off the day for Lancashire but they still have a chance of getting a result.

"The Red Rose bowled themselves back into the game this morning, taking four Durham wickets.

"They'll need to produce something special tomorrow to register only a second win of the season and much will depend on Khawaja and Princeton set something up."