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Rudolph holds fort for Glam.

SIGNS of a positive result when Durham lost five wickets for six runs proved misleading as only four more wickets fell in the two sessions of play against Glamorgan at Chester-le-Street.

After thundery storms play began at 1.10pm on the third day of the Specsavers County Championship match and when Glamorgan were faced with a deficit of 107 and 42 overs to bat after tea they reached 92 for two.

After the collapse, Durham's last-wicket pair, Chris Rushworth and Barry McCarthy, put on 68 to achieve maximum batting points with two balls to spare.

McCarthy was on 30 when Rushworth fell for 38, chipping Michael Hogan to mid-on with the total on 402.

McCarthy was then unlucky to take no wickets in a spell of 8-3-5-0 as Jacques Rudolph survived a searching examination from Durham's four seamers until two overs from the close, when he was strangled down the leg side for 43.

It was a reward for academy boy Matty Potts, who also took the other wicket when he had Nick Selman lbw for 16.

Rudolph twice edged Potts for four through the vacant third slip area and the youngster conceded only eight more runs in his eight overs.

When Durham resumed on 281 for four, Paul Collingwood and Ryan Pringle added 47 in the first 12 overs. Pringle hit Michael Hogan for three fours in four balls, but he fell lbw to the next to start the slide.

Graham Wagg had Paul Coughlin caught behind first ball, then Collingwood departed for 92 when a steeply-bouncing ball which Marchant de Lange lobbed off a glove to Aneurin Donald at gully.

An in-swinger from Wagg had Stuart Poynter lbw before de Lange banged another one in to have Potts caught at short leg.

Durham still needed 16 for the fourth batting point when Rushworth joined McCarthy.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 22, 2017
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