County Championship: Edwards & McLaren put Durham in trouble

Fidel Edwards
Fidel Edwards has taken 28 Championship wickets for Hampshire at a cost of only 20.28 runs each
LV= County Championship Division One, Emirates ICG (day two, close)
Durham 213 & 126-6: Collingwood 37; McLaren 3-35, Edwards 3-39
Hampshire 251: Ervine 47; Hastings 4-49, Onions 4-61
Durham lead by 88 runs with four second innings wickets remaining
Hampshire 5 pts, Durham 4 pts
Match scorecard

Fidel Edwards and Ryan McLaren took three wickets each against Durham as Hampshire gave themselves every chance of a second Championship win in a row.

Durham struggled to 126-6 in their second innings at the close at Chester-le-Street, just 88 ahead.

John Hastings had earlier claimed 4-49 as Hampshire were bowled out for 251, a first innings lead of 38.

But the home side's top order failed again as McLaren (3-35) and Edwards (3-39) proved a real handful.

Durham out of form at home
Durham have gone three home games without a win. If they fail to win this one too, it will be their worst run since June 2012. They have also failed to win any of their last four matches against Hampshire.

Having taken seven wickets between them in the first innings, the all-international new-ball combination of South African McLaren and West Indian Edwards reduced Durham to 56-4 before Paul Collingwood (37) and Gordon Muchall (32) temporarily halted the slide.

However, McLaren returned to have Durham skipper Collingwood lbw and Edwards removed Muchall two overs before the close, one of three catches by Will Smith against his former club.

Bottom-of-the-table Hampshire beat Warwickshire in their previous Championship game and another win would further boost their chances of avoiding relegation back to Division Two, with games against Somerset, Yorkshire and Notts to come.

Earlier in the day, Sean Ervine top scored with 47 before becoming James Weighell's maiden first-class victim, slogging across the line of a straight one, as Hampshire only managed to add 174 to their overnight 77-3 as Graham Onions also picked up four wickets.

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