Graham Onions urges fans to stick by Durham

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GRAHAM Onions has called on Durham fans to get behind the county in their hour of need, writes Gary Foster.

The performance of the England seamer was the one bright spot in another dour day at the Emirates ICG yesterday.

Two hours were lost to rain in the County Championship clash with fellow strugglers Lancashire, but once again the home side’s batting display was far more miserable.

Durham could soon find themselves fighting for their Division One lives if they don’t manage to find a way to turnaround some rather abject performances with the bat.

It hasn’t been easy to watch for supporters, but Onions is calling on them to stick with the side.

“We know that we are not doing as well as we could,” he said. “We haven’t started our season particularly well, and everybody knows that. The supporters know that, and they kind of let us know.

“We have got some great fans, and sometimes you need your supporters to get behind you.”

There was little to cheer about for the home support yesterday, as the home side capitulated to 102 all out – their lowest total since they reached just 90 against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 2008.

Luke Procter returned his best figures for Lancashire – 5-17 from 10 overs, while Kyle Hogg took three wickets in six balls.

The ball was seaming around a little when Durham were at the crease, but in truth they contributed far more to their own downfall than any bowling conditions.

Paul Collingwood reached 25 before falling lbw to Procter – one of only four home batsmen to reach double figures.

That extras (21) was Durham’s next highest run maker told you everything you needed to know about the hosts’ batting display.

Onions admitted that it wasn’t good enough from Geoff Cook’s men.

He said: “We’re obviously disappointed with the amount of runs we scored. Everybody knows it’s a problem at the moment and we are not putting enough runs on the board.

“It’s important that everyone knows we are doing everything we can to try to improve.”