Durham v Derbyshire: Paul Collingwood's unbeaten ton helps hosts dominate

Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood hit 14 boundaries in 176 balls to close on 127 not out
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street (day one):
Durham 376-7: Collingwood 127*, Coughlin 68, Steel 72; Viljoen 4-100, Palladino 2-63
Derbyshire: Yet to bat
Durham 4 pts, Derbyshire 2 pts

Paul Collingwood's unbeaten 127 against Derbyshire put hosts Durham in a strong position on day one in Division Two.

Durham's innings had begun disastrously when opener Keaton Jennings fell to the first ball of the match, caught off South Africa's Hardus Viljoen (4-100).

But Cameron Steel's 72 and Paul Coughlin's 68 frustrated the visitors, while Collingwood's hit his highest first-class score of the season so far.

Durham closed on 376-7 with Collingwood alongside Matthew Potts (13 not out).

The former England all-rounder, 41, indicated after Monday's play that he is likely to stay on next season.

Durham skipper Paul Collingwood told BBC Newcastle / BBC Tees:

"I haven't signed anything yet but I think it would be silly to give up the game when, well I'm not clinging on, put it that way.

"I never really want to get in to a position of just clinging on.

"I'm still enjoying it, enjoying contributing, and I think it would be silly if I didn't have another season."

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