County Championship: Graham Onions shines for Durham
|LV= County Championship Division One, Emirates ICG (day one, close)|
|Middlesex 141-5: Compton 71; Onions 4-40|
|Durham: Yet to bat|
|Durham 1 pts, Middlesex 0 pts|
Durham pace bowler Graham Onions ran through the Middlesex top order on a rain-shortened first day of their Championship game at Chester-le-Street.
The former England man (4-40) took three wickets as Middlesex slumped to 18-3, after Paul Collingwood won the toss and put the visitors into bat.
But Nick Compton led a recovery with a patient innings of 71.
John Hastings removed him shortly before further rain brought a premature end to play with Middlesex on 141-5.
The clatter of wickets in the morning session began when Paul Stirling edged Onions to Collingwood at slip in just the fourth over.
|Graham Onions - England's forgotten man|
|The 32-year-old has not played a Test match for his country since June 2012 against the West Indies at Edgbaston|
He then dismissed Sam Robson and Dawid Malan in the space of three balls in his next over.
Compton and James Franklin guided Middlesex to lunch without further loss at 68-3, but straight after the interval, Franklin became Onions' fourth victim when he edged an in-swinger to Collingwood.
Former England opener Compton continued to look assured, bringing up his 50 off 88 balls.
But his 128-ball innings, including nine fours, came to an end when he gloved a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Michael Richardson when trying to pull Hastings.
Only a few more overs were possible before rain stopped play for the second and final time at 15:15 BST with Neil Dexter unbeaten on 23.
Durham pace bowler Graham Onions told BBC Newcastle:
"The ball came out nicely. The last couple of weeks I have come back to my old run-up and my own belief that I'm still good enough to do it.
"I slightly shortened my run-up and it just didn't work for me. I have scrapped that now and I've got a lot more drive through the crease, a lot more follow through and I've got a bit more pace on the ball.
"From a team's point of view we are in a healthy position. We put them under some pressure early on and it's important we follow that up tomorrow."