County Championship: Middlesex lead Durham as 19 wickets fall

Graham Onions
Graham Onions bowled his best innings of the Championship this season
LV= County Championship Division One, Emirates ICG (day two, close)
Middlesex 196 & 118-4: Onions 7-68 & Malan 56, Dexter 46, Rushworth 3-23
Durham 169: Muchall 64, Harris 3-52, Roland-Jones 3-58
Middlesex lead by 145 runs
Durham 3 pts, Middlesex 3 pts
Match scorecardexternal-link

Middlesex took a 145-run lead as 19 wickets fell on a dramatic second day against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

The visitors, who resumed on 141-5, were bowled out for just 196, despite Toby Roland-Jones adding 27.

But Durham suffered an even worse first innings with Gordon Muchall's 64 the only highlight as they finished on 169.

Despite losing opener Sam Robson for a duck, Dawid Malan (56 not out) formed a useful partnership with Neil Dexter (46 not out) as Middlesex closed on 118-4.

After a rain-interrupted first day, Dexter failed to add to his overnight 23, being removed by Graham Onions.

Onions finished the innings with 7-68 with the wicket of Roland-Jones as Middlesex's lower order failed to take them past the 200-run mark.

But the home side failed to capitalise on Middlesex's weak innings, with the hosts slipping to 85-7 in just over 20 overs.

Only Muchall saved the hosts from embarrassing themselves further, before Malan and Dexter turned Middlesex's second innings around with their 89-run stand.

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