Close of Play Report
Ben Stokes completed his fifty immediately after tea, having faced 74 balls but Michael Neser returned at the Finchael End and removed Ned Eckersley l.b.w. as Durham lost their sixth wicket on 226. Ben Raine joined Stokes with the pair having a mix-up in calling that nearly saw Stokes run out at the bowler’s end. Raine atoned by guiding Andy Gorvin for four through extra-cover before on-driving Andrew Salter.
Stokes greeted the return of Labuschagne in spin mode by lofting him for two huge sixes and a four to mid-wicket before Raine clubbed Salter to long-on for four as well as extra-cover. Stokes also reverse-swept Labuschagne for four before Salter ended Raine’s merry spree by bowling him as Durham reached 287-7.
The new ball was taken after 80 overs with the Riverside floodlights also coming on as Hogan returned to the fray and with his second delivery found the edge of Stokes’ innings as he feathered a catch into Cooke’s gloves. Two balls later it became 290-9 as Potts departed l.b.w. to Hogan before Brydon Carse and Chris Rushworth used the long handle to garner another batting point, before Hogan ended the innings as Carse edged into Cooke’s gloves with Durham ending on 311 – with their total not including any extras. Ironically, the first delivery of Glamorgan’s innings from Rushworh saw a leg-bye off a no-ball!
Glamorgan had nine overs to face with Salter steering Potts for four, but next ball, Salter edged a rising delivery to backward point where Dickson completed the catch. 8/1 saw Gorvin arrive in the middle as night-watchman but he soon returned to the pavilion as he was adjudged l.b.w. to his second delivery as Potts struck again. Labuschagne began with a couple of flamboyant leaves before flicking Potts to fine-leg and the ropes at mid-wicket. Lloyd also square-cut Rushworth for four before Labuschagne pulled Potts for four as Glamorgan ended on 31-2.
Durham resumed on 94-2 after lunch as Andy Gorvin and Michael Hogan returned to the attack. The latter struck with his first delivery as Scott Borthwick miscued a drive to Kiran Carlson at mid-on. His departure saw David Bedingham join Keegan Petersen and he began by on-driving Hogan for three. Petersen also did the same to Gorvin before cover-driving Hogan as he completed an 89-ball fifty. Bedingham also cover drove Gorvin for four but the all-rounder was rewarded for his accuracy as later in the over he trapped Bedingham l.b.w.
130-4 heralded the arrival of Ben Stokes with the England captain quietly playing himself in with a series of singles. Petersen top-edged Neser for four when the Australian returned at the Finchael End before completing a more controlled pull to square-leg a few overs later. After his quiet reconnaissance, Stokes unleased a pair of rasping cover drives against van der Gugten and Lloyd with the latter also being elegantly driven through extra-cover by Petersen.
But van der Gugten then had a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury in his tenth over with Marnus Labuschagne, in seam-up mode, completing the over. The Australian remained in the action next over as Petersen edged Lloyd to him at first slip as Durham lost their fifth wicket on 172. Having been joined by Ned Eckersley, Stokes thick-edged Labuschagne to third man before straight-driving Lloyd with a blow that nearly decapitated his partner who dived to the ground to avoid being struck.
Having been felled amidships by Labuschagne, Stokes responded by cheekily upper-cutting him over the slip cordon. Hogan then returned shortly before tea and was twice cover-driven for four by Eckersley before Labuschagne switched to spin mode prior to the interval.
Glamorgan made two changes to their line-up from the team that defeated Leicestershire at Cardiff on Sunday – a victory which has catapulted the Welsh county into second place in the Division Two table – with Timm van der Gugten and Billy Root replacing the two James’ – Messrs. Weighell and Harris. With a green-tinged surface, David Lloyd had no hesitation in opting to bowl first with the two Michael’s – Messrs. Neser and Hogan – sharing the new ball as Alex Lees and Sean Dickson began Durham’s first innings. Lees struck the day’s first boundary as he on-drove Hogan in the sixth over.
Three overs later, and with the total on 15, Neser claimed the first wicket as Dickson edged to Sam Northeast at second slip. Keegan Petersen got off the mark with two to fine-leg before benefitting from four overthrows as he clipped Hogan to Neser at fine-leg whose throw at the stumps at the bowler’s end sped away to the ropes.
Andy Gorvin and van der Gugten then bowled in tandem and initially kept the home batters in check, with the second boundary of the day not coming until the 19th over as Lees drove Gorvin to the ropes at mid-wicket. Two overs later, Lees drilled Gorvin through the covers for another boundary before Petersen flicked van der Gugten to the ropes at square-leg. Lees then on-drove Gorvin for four before Neser returned for a second spell at the Lumley End whilst Lloyd had a trundle at the Finchael End.
His first delivery was straight driven for four before the visiting captain found the inside edge of Lees’ bat as he chopped the ball onto his stumps. 77-2 saw the arrival of Scott Borthwick who began with a fierce square-cut for four against Lloyd.