County Championship: Durham stretch lead to 87 after Worcestershire bowled out

Ned Eckersley
Ned Eckersley reached his half-century before falling to Worcestershire's Ed Barnard
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street (day two):
Durham 212: Raine 78*, Eckersley 50; Barnard 4-42 & 26-0: Bancroft 10*
Worcestershire 151: Wessels 33; Rushworth 4-28
Durham (4 pts) lead Worcestershire (3 pts) by 87 runs

Durham bowled Worcestershire out in just over 50 overs to give themselves a lead of 87 after day two.

Ben Raine's unbeaten 78 helped Durham add 90 to their overnight total before they were all out for 212 after lunch.

Worcestershire wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the afternoon, with Chris Rushworth picking-up 4-28 to restrict the Pears to 151.

Cameron Bancroft and Alex Lees safely saw out the remaining overs to put Durham in a commanding position.

Ned Eckersley reached his 50 before he was accounted for by Ed Barnard who was the pick of the Pears bowlers with 4-42.

Wessels top-scored on 33 for Worcestershire who are without a County Championship win since mid-May.

Durham fast bowler Chris Rushworth told BBC Radio Newcastle:

"It's nice to come off after day two with a bit of a lead, but we know that it's a tricky wicket to bat on. The bowlers are always in it.

"It's just a case of going out there nd getting through that first hour and hoping the pressure eases to build a bigger lead.

"It's always nice to be picking up wickets, to have personal milestones and do well yourself but, at the end of the day you just want to win games of cricket."

Pears all-rounder Ed Barnard told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"We bowled really well this morning, probably better than the previous day when we got a bit more luck.

"We managed to finish off the tail pretty quickly in the end to keep them to 200.

"Obviously they bowled well, we managed to get somewhere near them.

"Hopefully we can come back at them in the morning and keep it down to a score that we can chase."

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