County Championship: Durham on verge of win at New Road

Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood hit his second century of the season, having scored 109 not out against Somerset in April
LV= County Championship Division One, New Road (day three)
Worcestershire 323 & 192: Leach 76, Hastings 7-60
Durham: 198 & 270-3: Collingwood 111 not out
Durham require 48 runs to win
Worcestershire 6 pts, Durham 3 pts
Match scorecard

Paul Collingwood struck an unbeaten 111 on his 39th birthday to put Durham on the verge of victory at Worcestershire.

Beginning on 65-6, the hosts reached 192 thanks to 76 off 53 balls from Joe Leach, John Hastings taking 7-60.

Set 318 to win, Durham slipped to 66-2 before Collingwood put on a partnership of 108 runs with Keaton Jennings (61).

Collingwood and Michael Richardson (41 not out) then moved the visitors onto 270-3 at New Road, and within 48 runs of victory.

Collingwood's form against Worcestershire
Before this match, Paul Collingwood averaged 48.4 against Worcestershire, with seven scores above 50 in 19 innings.

Worcestershire began the day with a lead of 190, but knew they needed runs to set up a difficult chase for the visitors.

Ben Cox and Leach came out with an aggressive intent and added 75 runs for the seventh wicket before Hastings had Cox caught behind for a brisk 32.

Hastings then claimed the remaining three wickets to ensure Durham would face a challenging, but reachable, victory target.

Chasing their fourth Championship win of the season, the visitors began brightly before Mark Stoneman (37) was caught behind off Leach and first-innings centurion Scott Borthwick fell lbw to Jack Shantry for just four.

Borthwick's wicket brought Collingwood to the crease and the ex-England man scored at a swift pace, with his 16 fours and a six taking his side ever closer to a win.

Jennings edged Charlie Morris behind but Richardson batted with assurance alongside Collingwood to leave victory within sight at the close.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes:

"We need it to be overcast tomorrow morning and somehow get seven wickets. It's been a tough day, the lads have worked really hard.

"In the morning it was overcast and Joe Leach decided to take it to the opposition. He did a great job and got us a score that takes some getting at Worcester but the sun has shone ever since they have been out there.

"People may think that's sour grapes. It's not - that wicket is totally different when the sun is on it. Today it has hardly moved off the straight."

Durham captain Paul Collingwood:

"It's been an amazing day to get a hundred on my birthday and get us into a winning position.

"The response from the first innings has been magnificent. We have shown our character.

"I was impressed by Joe Leach, he bowled well and he's obviously a competitor."

Joe Leach
Joe Leach's 53-ball 76 helped to set Durham a victory target of 318
Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood celebrates his century, which came on his 39th birthday

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