Durham under pressure

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DURHAM were battling against defeat in the season curtain-raiser against the MCC today – despite a century from opener Mark Stoneman.

The MCC began the final day in Abu Dhabi needing 176 runs to claim victory, with eight wickets in hand.

Stoneman hit 115 but it was a near lone hand as Durham were bowled out for 257.

The MCC were 48 for two at the close after openers Sam Robson and Luis Reece were unable to negotiate the final 20 overs of the day.

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Virender Sehwag resume the MCC’s chase on the final morning.

Defending county champions Durham began the day looking to build a potentially match-winning lead but, aside from Stoneman, only Gordon Muchall (56) passed 20.

Nottinghamshire left-armer Harry Gurney claimed three for 50.

Jamie Harrison and Scott Borthwick kept Durham in the game as they took a wicket apiece before stumps.