Muchall overjoyed to end wait for century

Gordon Muchall.
Gordon Muchall.
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BATSMAN Gordon Muchall was the first to admit his latest First-Class century had been a long time coming.

But the South Shields-born ace hopes he won’t have to wait too long for the chance to do it again.

He said: “Obviously it’s been a long while since my last hundred.

“To be honest when we turned up this morning after watching the weather forecast last night, I didn’t think that we get another ball bowled this innings.

“But I felt in good form, and I was able to convert it, which was brilliant.”

Muchall’s weather forecast didn’t look too far off the mark at the start of day three – no play was able to take place before 1.30pm.

When proceedings did get under way Muchall didn’t waste any time at the crease, having resumed on 24, he quickly made his way to 86, where he was dropped at slip.

After reaching his first First-Class century since May 2011 against Worcestershire at New Road, the batsman then survived a missed stumping on 133, and was undefeated on 158 when the close came 15 overs early due to bad light.

Muchall added: “You need these little bits of luck every now and again, but other than that I was pleased with how I played.

“It’s nice to get the three figures and hopefully I will get a run in the team now.

“Scott (Borthwick) still has to come back so there’s a bit of pressure, but hopefully I will get the nod next week.”

Ben Stokes was also in the runs on his first-team return – the England all-rounder made 61 before he was well caught on the boundary by Michael Lumb off Samit Patel.

At the close of play, Muchall’s partner at the crease Paul Collingwood was on 36 not out.

Durham ended the day on 335-4 in their first innings – 42 behind their opponents, with a draw seeming the most likely result.