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Kerrigan strikes - but Lancs hit by Durham fightback.

SIMON KERRIGAN led the charge for Lancashire against Durham yesterday morning - only for the visitors to fight back at Old Trafford.

Ormskirk tweaker Kerrigan took three wickets in 24 balls to leave Durham reeling at 75-4, soon to be 82-5. But Calum MacLeod and John Hastings reclaimed the initiative and guided their side to 329-8 at stumps.

Kerrigan finished with three for 86 from 25 overs but after the success he enjoyed against left-handers in the first session, the spinner was left regretting something of a missed opportunity.

"We're disappointed with how it went," admitted Kerrigan. "We had a real chance at 82 for five and we didn't manage to capitalise on it. It's the Test wicket, there and Durham have got a lot of left-handers there's a bit of rough there and Durham have got a lot of left-handers up the top of their order.

"It's a decent pitch and it's a big first innings for us once we get them out.

"It could be tricky batting last on that wicket."

At the fifth and final Test of the summer at the Oval, meanwhile, England routed India for just 148 to put them in pole position to win the series 3-1. Lancashire's James Anderson started the procession in the first over and India had no answer to England's four seamers.

But for a punchy 82 from skipper MS Dhoni, the damage would have been much more severe for the tourists.

England closed on 62-0, 86 runs behind.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2014
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