County Championship: Durham wrap up win at Worcs to go top

Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood's second century of the season helped Durham to victory at Worcestershire
LV= County Championship Division One, New Road (day four)
Worcestershire 323 & 192: Leach 76, Hastings 7-60
Durham 198 & 318-4: Collingwood 127
Durham won by six wickets
Worcestershire 6 pts, Durham 19 pts
Match scorecard

Durham eased to a six-wicket victory over Worcestershire on the fourth morning at New Road to go top of the County Championship Division One table.

Paul Collingwood's unbeaten century on day three had left Durham needing 48 more runs to win on the final day.

Collingwood, who had completed his ton the previous day on his 39th birthday, was eventually caught behind off the bowling of Charlie Morris for 127.

But Michael Richardson (66 not out) and Gordon Muchall saw Durham to victory.

Durham's dominance over Worcestershire
Durham have now won eight of their last 11 County hampionship matches against Worcestershire - the other three having ended in draws

Worcestershire, in their first season back in the top division since 2012, have lost four of their first five Championship matches in 2015.

Durham's 19-point win at Worcester takes them above Middlesex and Sussex in the table.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes:

"This was possibly the best position we have been in to win a game apart from against Somerset. There have been a few this year. Why is that?

"But credit goes to Durham. That fightback for the 10th wicket was crucial. We missed a chance or two in that little period and then it became tough."

Durham batsman Mark Stoneman told BBC Newcastle:

"We've turned things around in the second innings of most games we've played this year.

"It was a dire situation we found ourselves in and we would have been having to work very hard to get anything positive out of the game from that situation.

"Even on the third morning when Joe Leach was whacking a few around the ground, we still stuck to task and came out positively with the bat."

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"This was an incredible win for Durham. On Monday afternoon they were in disarray at 103-9 and staring defeat in the face. It's conceivable they could have followed on and been beaten inside two days.

"The last-wicket stand from Scott Borthwick and Graham Onions proved a major turning point, although there was still much work to do, including John Hastings' 7-60 and Paul Collingwood's birthday century.

"This team never seems to know when it is beaten but there remain concerns about their first-innings performances this season. Too many times they are missing out on batting points.

"Although they lead Division One, they have the lowest batting points haul and that could yet prove costly."

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