County Championship: Azharullah's wickets sets up Northants chase against Durham

Mohammad Azharullah
Mohammad Azharullah took his 16th first-class five-wicket haul
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Riverside (day three):
Durham 166: Buck 6-34 & 376 Steel 128, Collingwood 54; Azharullah 5-72
Northants 338: Holden 124, Cobb 96; Coughlin 5-49 & 44-1: Newton 25*
Northamptonshire need a further 161 runs to beat Durham
Northamptonshire 6 pts, Durham 3 pts
Match scorecard

Mohammad Azharullah took five wickets to bowl out Durham and leave Northants needing 161 to win on the final day.

Cameron Steel's maiden first-class hundred (128) and contributions from Paul Collingwood (54) and Ryan Pringle (47 not out) helped Durham make 376.

But Azharullah's 5-72 set up a fourth-innings chase of 205 for Northants to pick up a third win of the season.

The visitors lost Max Holden third ball, but Rob Newton and Alex Wakeley made it to stumps safely on 44-1.

Durham began day three 94 runs behind on 78-1, losing three quick wickets as Rory Kleinveldt (2-103) dismissed Barry McCarthy and Graham Clark to leave them 98-4.

Steel responded, hitting 14 fours and two sixes before Collingwood and Pringle gave Division Two's bottom side a total to try and defend against unbeaten Northants on day four.

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