Rain returns to ruin Durham’s chances of victory

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PAUL Collingwood’s first century in the LV County Championship since June 2011 was the highlight of the final day of Durham’s drawn Division One match against relegation-threatened Lancashire at Liverpool.

The Durham skipper hit 11 fours in making an impressive 114 and his 190-ball effort was chiefly responsible for ensuring that the visitors took a 164-run lead on first innings.

Durham were eventually dismissed for 416, their highest total of the season, but rain returned to prevent Lancashire’s batsmen having to face an awkward 32 overs in their second innings against an attack led by the in-form Graham Onions.

The visitors took seven points from the game and probably need to win their last two matches of the season to have a chance of avoiding playing their four-day cricket in the Second Division next season.

Durham took 10 points from the match and their fears of relegation are a distant memory.

Lancashire’s hopes of taking a full haul of bowling bonus points from the game were boosted early in the morning session when Simon Kerrigan struck twice in four overs to remove both Michael Richardson and Phil Mustard.

But Collingwood and the obdurate Scott Borthwick added 148 in 42 overs for the seventh wicket, although both men were dropped in the course of their partnership.

Borthwick reached his half century off 108 balls and was eventually dismissed for 60 when he drove Gary Keedy straight to Glen Chapple at mid-off. Collingwood, having brought up his century with a single off Keedy, was bowled by Steven Croft when his attempted cut diverted the ball onto his stumps.

Part-time off-spinner Croft then claimed the last two wickets to finish with three for 33 off 8.2 overs.