SCOTT Borthwick has urged Durham to go for the jugular in their County Championship clash with Derbyshire.
The spinner helped put the hosts in the driving seat with a career-best knock of 117, which included one six and 16 fours.
Durham finished day two on 208-2 – a lead of 348, and in complete control.
But Sunderland-born Borthwick says the men from the Emirates ICG must look to heap more misery on a Derbyshire side rooted to the foot of the Division One table, without a single championship win to their name.
“We did fantastic yesterday and put ourselves in a good position,” he said.
“Now we’ve got to look to bat two or three sessions, and build up a massive, massive lead and put them under pressure.
“We have to keep our foot on their throats.”
It could be a case of once bitten, twice shy for Durham, who were caught out earlier in the season when Yorkshire chased down a second innings target of 336 to claim an unlikely win, and leave the men from Chester-le-Street wondering how the game had somehow slipped from their grasp.
Similar second innings heroics would seem well beyond Derbyshire, who were bowled out for just 113 first time around.
The visitors resumed on 15-1 at the start of play yesterday – Chris Rushworth having trapped opener Chesney Hughes for a duck the previous evening.
Wearsider Rushworth continued where he had left off, taking a five more wickets on the second day to return superb figures of 6-64.
And having starred with the bat, Borthwick was quick to praise the efforts of Rushworth and his fellow bowlers.
He said: “I thought our seamers bowled fantastic.
“That’s probably the best spell of seam bowling I’ve ever witnessed from second slip. Rushy (Rushworth) bowled great, along with Woody (Mark Wood) Thorpy (Calum Thorp) and Stokesy (Ben Stokes) helping out.”
Thorp and Wood both claimed two wickets apiece.
“At the start of the day, you’re thinking it’s going to be a good day to bat.
“The sun was out and the pitch didn’t look too bad, but we managed to get the ball swinging and the bowlers set up a great platform for me and Keats (Keaton Jennings) to build on in the afternoon.”
Jennings added to his first innings knock of 93, with another half-century at the second time of asking, and remained unbeaten on 65 at stumps.
And Borthwick is hoping the Durham opener can go on to post a big score today.
He added: “Hopefully Keats can build on his 65, and get a big score himself.
“If he and Smudge (Will Smith) can put on big scores, then we can really keep the pressure on.”
Borthwick was pleased to make his century having been stuck in the 90s for some time.
He said: “They bowled quite wide at me after tea to stop me from scoring, but I was just trying not to get too frustrated, and just thought ‘keep on batting’.”.
“Thankfully they bowled a couple of bad balls at me to get me going through the 90s, and I was happy when I got through to get my hundred.”