County Championship: Durham turn it round after last-wicket stand

Scott Borthwick
Scott Borthwick (103) hit his highest score in the County Championship this season
LV= County Championship Division One, New Road (day two)
Worcestershire 323 & 65-6: Hastings 3-6, Rushworth 2-13
Durham: 198: Borthwick 103, Onions 36; Shantry 4-39, Leach 4-77
Worcestershire lead by 190 runs
Worcestershire 6 pts, Durham 3 pts
Match scorecard

Scott Borthwick made a century in a 95-run last-wicket partnership with Graham Onions to save Durham from the follow-on against Worcestershire at New Road.

Jack Shantry (4-39) and Joe Leach (4-77) had the visitors on trouble on 103-9, only for Borthwick (103) and Onions (36) to combine as Durham reached 198.

Leading by 125 runs on first innings, the hosts then collapsed themselves to 65-6 in their second innings.

John Hastings took 3-6 to stem the lead to just 190 going into the third day.

The Rushworth effect
Chris Rushworth has now claimed 38 successful LBW decisions since the start of last season, more than any other bowler.
Of this season's six leading wicket-takers, he is the only bowler not to take the wicket of a number 11. But, after last summer's haul of 64, he is comfortably Durham's top wicket taker again with 31 victims.

After a day when 16 wickets fell, Worcestershire, now probably hold a marginal advantage in bowler-friendly conditions.

Borthwick's innings, always resolute and frequently exhilarating, was perhaps the most unexpected and most rewarding of his six championship centuries since he became a top-order batsman two years ago.

But Onions' highest Championship score in three years proved equally important in turning the contest. And, although he had no luck himself with he ball as Worcestershire's openers reached 29 without loss, the bowlers then regained control again.

Chris Rushworth captured the first two Worcestershire wickets before handed over the initiative to Hastings, who took three wickets in two overs, including an unplayable shooter to account for Alex Gidman.

Worcestershire assistant coach Matt Mason:

"What a strange day. At one point there when we got that ninth wicket I thought 'you beauty' and we're in a position here to maybe force the follow-on, but their last wicket stand was terrific.

"We ended up with a 125-run lead which we would have taken at the start of the game. But those wickets tonight have rocked us a bit and put us a bit on the back foot."

Durham batsman Scott Borthwick:

"At 103-9 we tried to bat as long as we could. 'Bunny' hung around and, after a while, we got a bit of rhythm with me taking four balls and him two.

"It was fantastic that I managed to get a nice score and put us back in the game. It was an unbelievable partnership but you can bat on this pitch if you get in."

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