Durham Under-15s triumph at the double

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DURHAM Cricket Board Under-15s won two of their three games on their southern tour, beating Nottinghamshire and Essex but losing to Middlesex.

In the opener, Notts made 208, with Daniel Stephenson (4-22) the pick of the Durham bowlers, backed by Piers Davison (3-21) and one wicket apiece from Dominic Scott and Joe Blacklock.

In reply, Josh O’Brien batted superbly, top-scoring on 73, backed by 50 from captain Tom Hewison. Edward Hurst (26) and Jake Louth (25) knocked the score off in 44.2 overs.

Middlesex then beat Durham by six wickets.

The tourists were all out for 168, opener Hewitson again impressing with 68. Edward Hurst and Scott Steel both made 25. Middlesex won in 39 overs, despite two wickets for Jake Louth, while Liam Burgess and Dominic Scott also struck.

The tour ended on a high note, with a seven-wicket defeat of Essex at Billericay.

Essex won the toss and batted, reaching 182 all out as Bilal Baig bagged four wickets for 37 runs. Daniel Stephenson picked up 3-33 and Josh O’Brien bagged two wickets.

Durham’s reply had a stuttering start, with the openers departing for 11 between them, but Matthew Potts (70 not out) and Scott Steel (72) steered them home in 42.1 overs.