CricInfo Championship: Middlesex v Durham at Lord's, 27-30 Jul 2001
Andy Jalil

Durham 2nd innings: Lunch - Day 3, End of game - Day 3,
Middlesex 1st innings: Lunch - Day 2,
Durham 1st innings: Tea - Day 2, Stumps - Day 2,
Live Reports from previous days


TUFFNELL BOWLS MIDDLESEX TO INNINGS VICTORY

Middlesex placed themselves on top of the second division Cricinfo Championship table with a resounding victory, by an innings and 74 runs, over Durham at Lord's.

Phil Tufnell wrapped up the Durham second innings for 163 half an hour after lunch on the third day when he had Nicky Hatch caught on the leg side. That gave him his fifth wicket of the innings and match figures of eight for 87, bringing his tally of first-class wickets to 52 for the season.

Earlier, he had taken the 1,000th wicket of his first-class career when he dismissed Martin Love with his fourth ball of the innings. Four runs later he put the opposition in deeper trouble, on 47 for 3, with the wicket of Paul Collingwood.

Both batsmen, who had shared a stand of 92 in the first innings, were bowled by deliveries that kept low as they tried to force to leg. Tufnell had taken the two wickets in eleven balls without conceding a run.

Durham were made to follow on 237 runs behind on the first innings after their last wicket had fallen in the second over of the day on 187. The visitors were heading rapidly towards their fourth Championship defeat this season by lunch, having been reduced to 61 for five.

Chad Keegan claimed the last two wickets that fell in the morning session with successive balls; he brought one back to trap James Daley lbw for 22 and then took a diving one-handed return catch from Michael Gough with the total on 51.

There was some resistance from Durham's sixth wicket partnership of Nicky Peng and Danny Law who put on 86 in an hour.

But when Law was caught and bowled by Paul Weekes for 27 and Peng fell, top-edging a sweep off Tufnell, after a superb 66 which contained ten boundaries from confidently played strokes, the end came quickly with the eighth and ninth wickets falling on 157.



1,000TH WICKET FOR TUFNELL AND DURHAM SLUMP AGAIN

Phil Tufnell took his 1000th first-class wicket when he dismissed Durham's Martin Love with his fourth ball of the day at Lord's. Four runs later he put the opposition in deeper trouble, on 47 for 3, with the wicket of Paul Collingwood.

Both batsmen, who had shared a stand of 92 in the first innings, were bowled by deliveries that kept low as they tried to force to leg. Tufnell had taken the two wickets in eleven balls without conceding a run.

Having been made to follow-on 237 runs behind on the first innings after Durham's last wicket had fallen in the second over on 187, the visitors were heading rapidly towards their fourth Cricinfo Championship defeat, having been reduced to 61 for five at lunch on the third day.

Chad Keegan claimed the last two wickets that fell in the morning session with successive balls; he brought one back to trap James Daley lbw for 22 and then took a diving one-handed return catch from Michael Gough with the total on 51.



FOLLOW-ON LOOKS INEVITABLE FOR DURHAM

Durham ended the second day's play of their Cricinfo Championship match on 186 for nine after their last-wicket pair had stood defiantly for half an hour, adding 17. Needing a further 88 to make Middlesex bat again, a follow-on is almost a certainty.

Durham struggled for most of the two sessions that they batted after making a poor start. A third-wicket stand of 91 between Martin Love and Paul Collingwood helped the visitors recover to reach 130 for two at tea on the second day.

They had lost their opening batsmen in the first hour, within 15 overs. Jonathan Lewis, 18, was the first to go, lbw to Tim Bloomfield, with the total on 33 and six runs later James Daley, 17, fell in the same manner to a ball from Chad Keegan that kept a little low.

But the brief period of revival came with Love and Collingwood showing fine batting form. Although dropped behind the stumps on 22, Love played delightful strokes in reaching his eighth half-century in ten first-class matches this season. Collingwood too showed why he has an average of 61.18 this season, but on 45 he became the first of Paul Weekes three victims.

His dismissal on 131, precipitated a collapse with seven wickets going down for 38. Phil Tufnell did the damage with an excellent spell of three wickets for three in sixteen balls. Meanwhile, Love, having hit 64 off 136 balls, nine of which brought him boundaries, fell to a sharp, one-handed catch by Ben Hutton at short leg.

With his departure, Durham were 152 for six and the chances of a recovery looked remote.

Earlier, Hutton had registered his third century of the season and the second of the Championship as he helped Middlesex to an impressive 424 all out at lunch.

Hutton and his captain Angus Fraser built on the overnight total of 326 for seven. Hutton, resuming his innings on an unbeaten 76, began cautiously, although he played two glorious extra-cover drives in his 80s and then cut Michael Gough for four to reach 96 before four singles took him to three figures. He had faced 233 balls and hit 12 boundaries.

Fraser was severe on Gough during his big-hitting spree of 41, his highest Championship score this season. He lifted the off spinner over the mid-wicket boundary and then, in the same over, struck him for another six at long-off to reach 30.

Hutton brought up the 400 with his only six, to cover point - over the short Mound Stand boundary - and then glanced the next ball for four which took him to 112.

The breakthrough for Durham came 20 minutes before lunch when Gough had Fraser stumped to end a fine 95-run partnership for the eighth wicket. Three runs later, on 424, Middlesex lost their last two wickets. The first of those was Hutton's for a brilliant 120 which had spanned over six hours and 274 balls.

Gough's five for 94 was his second five-wicket haul in this season's Championship and Nicky Hatch with three for 82 had put in a commendable effort with the opposition in such good batting form.



DURHAM RECOVER FROM POOR START

With a third wicket stand of 91 between Martin Love and Paul Collingwood, Durham made a considerable recovery to reach 130 for two at tea on the second day.

It had been a poor start to their first innings, losing the opening batsmen in the first hour. Jonathan Lewis, 18, was the first to go, lbw to Tim Bloomfield, with the total on 33 and six runs later James Daley, 17, fell in the same manner to a ball from Chad Keegan that kept a little low.

But the revival came quickly with Love and Collingwood in fine form. Although dropped behind the stumps on 22, Love played delightful strokes to reach 48 not out, striking eight fours from 83 balls and Collingwood was on 45 from 84 balls which included four boundaries.



HUTTON HUNDRED LEADS MIDDLESEX TO IMPRESSIVE TOTAL

Ben Hutton registered his third century of the season and the second of the Cricinfo Championship as he helped Middlesex to an impressive 424 all out at lunch on the second day.

On another sun-drenched day at Lord's, Durham's bowlers were made to struggle as Hutton and his captain Angus Fraser built on the overnight total of 326 for seven.

Hutton, resuming his innings on an unbeaten 76, began cautiously, although he played two glorious extra-cover drives in his 80s and then cut Michael Gough for four to reach 96 before four singles took him to three figures. He had faced 233 balls and hit 12 boundaries.

Fraser was severe on Gough during his big-hitting spree of 41, his highest Championship score this season. He lifted the off spinner over the mid-wicket boundary and then, in the same over, struck him for another six at long-off to reach 30.

Hutton brought up the 400 with his only six, to cover point - over the short Mound Stand boundary - and then glanced the next ball for four which took him to 112.

The breakthrough for Durham came 20 minutes before lunch when Gough had Fraser stumped to end a fine 95-run partnership for the eighth wicket. Three runs later, on 424, Middlesex lost their last two wickets. The first of those was Hutton's for a brilliant 120 which had spanned more than six hours and 274 balls.

Gough's five for 94 was his second five-wicket haul in this season's Championship.

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