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3rd July 2019 Match Reports

Bancroft secures Sedbergh draw

Day Four

Result: Lancashire (337 & 247; Vilas 85; Rimmington 4/42) drew with Durham (281 & 194/6; Bancroft 92*; Mahmood 3/58)

A battling innings from Durham captain Cameron Bancroft earned his side a determined draw against Lancashire on the final day at Sedbergh School.

Bancroft held the Lancashire attack at bay for the whole of Durham’s innings, with the Australian finishing the day unbeaten on 92 to continue his good form with the bat at his new county who have rallied after a difficult start to the season.

Lancashire were full of hope at tea, having taken five wickets throughout the morning and afternoon sessions, but with both James Anderson and Liam Livingstone missing from their attack through injury, it became increasingly clear their threadbare line up did not have the firepower to trouble the brilliant Bancroft, who led his team to the close, alongside an equally committed Ben Raine.

Earlier in the day, a blistering spell from young paceman Saqib Mahmood had put Lancashire in pole position to claim the final day win at Sedbergh School’s inaugural First Class game.

Taking the new ball in place of the injured Anderson, the 22-year-old claimed two victims in his first two overs, clipping Alex Lees’ off stump after the scoreless batsman had shouldered arms, before bowling Gareth Harte for no score.

That left Durham 11 for two and they had progressed to 39 for two by lunch after Bancroft was joined by Jack Burnham, the pair surviving Mahmood’s onslaught to leave the north easterners requiring another 265 runs to win with eight wickets remaining.

Lancashire continued to push for victory through the middle session, claiming three wickets after lunch, with Burnham becoming the second batsman to be clean bowled shouldering arms when he misjudged a Graham Onions delivery and was dismissed for 20.

However, Lancashire’s bowling options were beginning to look limited and Durham took advantage, with Bancroft and Graham Clarke constructing a fourth wicket partnership of 69, before Josh Bohannon bowled Clarke for 26 with a delivery that kept low and hit his off stump.

Liam Trevaskis followed soon after with Onions picking up another wicket when the all-rounder edged to Rob Jones at second slip for three.

Bancroft remained unbeaten on 57 at tea with Ned Eckersley joining him on three not out as Durham prepared to face 35 overs requiring another 182 runs to win with five wickets remaining.

30 minutes after tea, the host’s hopes were raised again when Eckersley played on to Mahmood, who finished with three for 58, but it was not to be as Bancroft and Raine (19no) steered Durham to 6pm when the players shook hands with four overs left and with the score 194 for six.

The draw means Durham have now gone four games unbeaten & sit in eighth.

Day Three

Close, Day Three: Lancashire (337 & 204/7; Vilas 74*; Rimmington 2/35) lead Durham (281; Bancroft 77, Rimmington 53; Onions 5/93) by 260 runs

A captain’s innings of 74 not out from Dane Vilas allowed Lancashire to wrest control of a compelling Specsavers County Championship Division Two contest with Durham on a dramatic third day at Sedbergh School.
By the close of play, Lancashire were 260 runs ahead of their opponents with three wickets remaining, but only after Durham had proved stubborn foes throughout three entertaining sessions during which they frequently looked to have stolen the advantage away from the hosts.
Nathan Rimmington and Liam Trevaskis held firm for much of the morning session, taking Durham’s overnight score from 199 for 5 to 263, before the latter edged Graham Onions behind to Dane Villas for 38.
The dismissal sparked a revival from Lancashire, who proceeded to take three quick wickets as Onions accounted for both Ned Eckersley lbw for three and Rimmington trapped in front for a well-made 53.
Ben Raine was next, edging to Steven Croft at slip for five, meaning Durham had lost two wickets on the same score for the second time in the innings.
Onions claimed his fifth wicket, to finish with 5-93 and when Chris Rushworth became the last man out, edging to Vilas for six, Durham were all out for 281 having lost their last five wickets for 18 runs and conceding a lead of 56 runs.
Durham fought back impressively after lunch to turn the game on its head and Lancashire quickly found themselves in trouble when Rushworth had Keaton Jennings caught behind first ball of the innings, before Haseeb Hameed edged to Cameron Bancroft three balls later.
With the score 0 for 2 off just one over, some serious rebuilding was needed and Alex Davies and Liam Livingstone set about the task with some degree of assurance.
The pair were one short of a half-century partnership when Davies misjudged a cramped pull shot and was caught on the leg side boundary by Gareth Harte for 15 off the bowling of Rimmington.
51 for 3 quickly became 55 for 4 as Livingstone edged Raine to Bancroft for 35 with the Red Rose’s chances of victory receiving a further blow when Rob Jones was run out for five attempting a second run to Liam Trevaskis’ accurate throw from the deep.
Vilas and Steven Croft steered the hosts to tea with the South African continuing his good form with the bat in this game with some attractive shots as he reached 27 unbeaten with Croft 20 not out at the other end.
The pair went on to dominate much of the evening session, compiling a sixth wicket partnership of 87 before Croft was bowled for 35 by Rimmington with a delivery that kept low.
Josh Bohannon joined his captain at the crease and offered valuable support as they made their way past a lead of 200 until the young all-rounder feathered a cut behind off Brydon Carse for 23 with the score 174 for seven.
Vilas, who reached his second half-century of the game from 76 balls with seven fours, survived a nasty blow to his forearm from Rimmington towards the close, but recovered to finish unbeaten at the end of play with Saqib Mahmood alongside him on 11 not out.

Day Two

Close, Day Two: Durham (199/5; Bancroft 77; Anderson 2/35) trail Lancashire (337; Vilas 72; Rimmington 4/74) by 138 runs

Cameron Bancroft top-scored with 77 as Day Two finished on an even keel following a compelling day’s cricket at Sedbergh School.
The visitors closed on 199 for 5 still trailing Lancashire’s first innings score by 138 runs, but it was a vintage spell from James Anderson that brought the crowd to their feet in the final session as he dismissed both Bancroft and Graham Clark in quick succession.
Resuming on 275 for 5 at the start of the day after a half hour delay for rain, the Red Rose did not hang around with the bat.
Steven Croft was the first wicket to fall for 42 as Durham skipper Bancroft pouched a fine leaping catch at second slip off the bowling of Brydon Carse.
Moments later, Dane Vilas’ crucial knock of 72 ended when he toe-ended a straight drive to Nathan Rimmington to hand Chris Rushworth his third wicket of the innings and his 650th in all formats for Durham.
Lancashire went past 300 and secured a third bonus point, before Saqib Mahmood was trapped in front for two by Rimmington, who then accounted for Onions, who was caught behind without scoring.
Josh Bohannon swung the bat to reach an unbeaten 33, but Anderson offered little resistance, chipping a simple chance to Clark at cover to leave Rimmington with figures of 4 for 74 and Lancashire all out for 337.
Durham fought back impressively during the middle session as openers Bancroft and Alex Lees coped admirably with Anderson and Onions.
Bancroft was the chief enforcer, hitting eight boundaries on his way to reaching his half-century and playing the dominant role in an opening stand of 70 runs, before Lees (16) top edged an attempted clip off his legs and was caught by Anderson to give Mahmood his first wicket.
Mahmood proceeded to produce an excellent spell of bowling with Bancroft, who was joined by Gareth Harte at the crease, having to be at his very best to keep the young paceman from gathering further wickets.
The pair had put on 66 runs for the second wicket when Onions finally made the breakthrough, bowling Harte for 14 and sparking a loss of three wickets for no runs in the space of 17 balls as Clark and then Bancroft departed for 77.
The day’s unpredictable nature continued late into the day as Jack Burnham and Liam Travaskis occupied the crease for the majority of the day’s last hour, compiling a partnership of 61 for the fifth wicket, before Burnham edged Liam Livingstone to Anderson at slip for 26, to leave Durham 199 for five at the close of play.

Day One

Close, Day One: Lancashire (275/5; Vilas 67*; Rushworth 2/50) vs Durham

A crucial fifth wicket partnership of 87 runs between Rob Jones and skipper Dane Villas ensured it was Lancashire’s day against Durham as Sedbergh School hosted its inaugural First Class game.

The hosts reached 275 for 5 at the close of play on a demanding pitch on which they were rescued by the fifth wicket pair who showed great patience in the face of some accurate bowling from the Durham attack.

An overcast morning at Lancashire’s 13th First Class home venue saw Durham elect to field first after an uncontested toss, with opening bowler Chris Rushworth making an early breakthrough when he clean bowled Keaton Jennings for 11 in the ninth over of the day.

Jennings had looked in decent order, getting off the mark with a four through gully off Rushworth, before the same bowler induced him to edge a chance to Jack Burnham at third slip which was dropped.

Rushworth made amends the next delivery, hitting Jennings’ stumps with a ball that kept slightly low judging by the England opener’s rueful glance at the pitch as he departed.

At the other end, Alex Davies was in pugnacious form as he looked to drive down the ground at every opportunity with the wicket keeper batsman reaching lunch following a flurry of boundaries.

It was a shock then, when resuming on 71 for 1 after the break, Davies fell quickly after he received a brute of a ball from Brydon Carse, which bounced and left the batsman who edged through to keeper Ned Eckersley for 38.

Using the short-pitched delivery to good effect, Durham proceeded to put the squeeze on Lancashire who struggled to find any gaps on the picturesque if rather chilly ground on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.

Haseeb Hameed was the next batsman to fall, edging Ben Raine to Durham skipper Cameron Bancroft at second slip for 24, with the score 81 for three and the North East outfit well on top.

With the day’s play in the balance Lancashire began a patient rebuild, with Liam Livingstone and Rob Jones progressing the score to 136 for 3 by the time the players departed the field due to bad light at 3.50pm, with Jones taking full advantage of his let off on 12 when he was badly dropped by Eckersley off Chris Rushworth.

Livingstone had reached a painstaking 35 runs from 95 balls when he became Nathan Rimmington’s first victim soon after tea, following a vociferous lbw appeal, which left Lancashire 141 for 4 and Durham with another chance of making further inroads.

Instead, Villas joined Jones, and the pair dominated the final session, until the latter was trapped in front by Rushworth for an excellent 52 from 150 balls.

Rushworth should have had his third victim when new batsman Steven Croft edged an easy chance to Alex Lees at first slip, but Croft survived and had progressed to 29 not out by the close of play with Vilas unbeaten on 67.

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