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Spin wizard takes shine off Muchall's ton-up.

Teenage leg-spinner Mark Lawson turned in an inspired five-wicket spell to knock over the Durham tail and put Yorkshire in charge of a Frizzell County Championship Division Two game they must win to keep their promotion hopes alive.

A career-best innings of 142 not out from Gordon Muchall was the mainstay of Durham's first innings total of 325, but it was Lawson's five for 62 which lit up sun-kissed Scarborough.

Playing in just his third first-class match, the 18-year-old took five of the last six wickets as Durham fell from a position of authority at 203 for three.

In reply, Yorkshire reached 89 for one at the close with Phil Jaques unbeaten on 50 and Joe Sayers 16 not out. After winning the toss on a terrific batting strip, Durham failed to capitalise on near-perfect conditions due to some careless stroke play.

Jonathan Lewis was first to depart, offering a tame caught-and-bowled catch to Tim Bresnan after scoring 12.

He was soon followed by fellow opener James Lowe, who edged Matthew Hoggard to Matthew Wood at slip for 31.

Muchall and Marcus North guided Durham past the 100 mark before the Australian was caught behind off Bresnan.

Muchall began to play with more authority after he was joined by Gareth Breese, twice lifting Richard Dawson over the leg-side boundary. The pair put on 84 for the fourth wicket before the West Indian became Bresnan's third scalp when he was lbw for 35.

Former Yorkshire all-rounder Gavin Hamilton had made just two when he became Lawson's first victim. New batsman Phillip Mustard smashed Lawson back over his head for a giant six but the youngster soon had his revenge, Ismail Dawood catching him behind.

Graham Bridge was next to go, lbw to Lawson who then clean-bowled Liam Plunkett. Neil Killeen chipped Lawson to Wood at mid-off to complete the youngster's five-wicket haul. Grahame Onions was the last to go for 16.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2004
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