Durham making progress

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DURHAM fought back on a busy opening day against Australia A at the Emirates Durham ICG.

The hosts, captained by Mark Stoneman, elected to bat first and posted 197.

Durham had three first class debutants in Johann Myburgh (34), Rammy Singh (22) and Paul Coughlin (29 not out).

The openers put on 38 before Singh was trapped lbw by Alister McDermott, who also claimed the scalp of Stoneman when he was caught by George Bailey on 25.

Durham were 75-5 in the 24th over after McDermott struck a third time to have Ben Stokes (8) caught by Mitchell Starc as he ran in from the ropes.

Jon Holland struck two overs later when Ian Blackwell was caught behind without scoring.

A 57-run partnership between Myburgh and Michael Richardson (21) proved valuable in the middle order although their dismissals and that of Mark Wood within two overs saw Durham fall to 136-8.

McDermott claimed his fourth wicket of the innings when Michael Klinger caught Mitchell Claydon.

However, Ruel Brathwaite (16) and Coughlin added 46 for the final wicket before he was trapped lbw by Starc.

In the 29 overs of the final session, Durham made one breakthrough with Brathwaite trapping Ed Cowan lbw for 4.

After a break for rain, Coughlin picked up his first wicket, trapping Klinger (21) lbw with Australia A 69-2.

Three runs were added before a catch from Gordon Muchall in the slips saw Wood claim the scalp of Liam Davis (40) and four deliveries later he caught Peter Forrest off his own bowling .

A third wicket for Wood saw Tom Cooper caught behind with six overs of the innings remaining and Wood also trapped George Bailey lbw with the visitors 94-6.