Durham take a five-wicket victory over Lancashire: County Championship Division One - First Innings Recap
Durham overcame Lancashire by five wickets in a match of the County Championship Division One, at the Aigburth, Liverpool in England, on Wednesday, June 29, 2011.
Day-one of the four-day game didn’t prove to be ideal for the batsmen as it saw 20 wickets fall. The hosts batted first and collected only 84 runs, losing all their batsmen in their first innings.
There were only two batsmen in the entire Lancashire first innings, who reached double figures. The highest score came from the bat of opening batsman, Stephen Moore, who managed 27 runs for his side.
The innings was dominated by Durham’s bowler, Callum Thorp, who ended up with six wickets, restricting the opposition to less than 100.
The pitch had moisture beneath it, which made life extremely difficult for the batsmen. The ball was playing a lot of tricks, as it moved off the seam and in the air.
Durham’s captain, Phil Mustard, had absolutely no hesitation in fielding first after winning the toss. He expected the seamers to cause a lot of problems for the opposition and that was exactly what happened in the first innings of the match.
Moore and Paul Horton opened the innings for the home team, but the latter failed to make an impression. He was the first man to be dismissed in the innings and went for a duck.
Lancashire’s first-drop, Karl Brown, was also not able to cause any problems for the opposition and was dismissed cheaply, for five runs.
The fall of two quick wickets brought the hosts’ skipper, Mark Chilton, at the crease. He would have liked to lead his side out of trouble, but failed to do so and was sent back to the pavilion after collecting just three runs.
There was some resistance from Steven Croft, who tried to stay in the middle for as long as possible. He was involved in a 26-run stand with Moore, but failed to make a big impression.
Croft was dismissed after adding just two runs to the total. He was followed by Luke Procter, who managed just four runs in his short stay at the crease.
Just two runs later, Moore was also sent back to the pavilion. He looked the most comfortable batsman in the Lancashire innings and collected 27 runs from 60 deliveries with the help of a couple of fours and one massive six.
The only other player who reached double figures in the home team’s innings was Sajid Mahmood, who got out for 14. The entire team was sent back to the hut after scoring 84 runs in more than 33 overs.
Thorp was in sensational form and grabbed six wickets in the innings. He also got good support from Graham Onions, who dismissed a couple of batsmen.