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Seconds lose by two runs

Second XI Trophy: Durham 188-8 (Freckingham 3-40) beat Leicestershire 186 (Raine 65, Turner 42) by two runs.

Former Durham duo Ben Raine and Karl Turner batted well but Leicestershire Second XI lost a thrilling Trophy tie at Darlington CC.

Durham won the toss and County took to the field with the decaying and overground Feethams, former home of Darlington FC, in the backdrop.

Ex-Leicester City players Gary Coatsworth, Jimmy Willis and David Speedie once plied their trade on that pitch, and the image of manager Brian Little viewing the game serenely from the touchline also came to mind.

Openers Jack Clark (28) and Keaton Jennings (23) got the Durham innings off to a solid start while top-scorer Stuart Poynter (51) and Andrew Ireland shared a lively sixth-wicket stand that helped the home side post 188-8.

Seam duo Ollie Freckingham (7-0-40-3) and Ollie Robinson (8-0-34-2) pegged the hosts back while Rob Sayer (8-0-43-1) also took a wicket. Aadil Ali conducted a superb direct hit and Freckingham produced a throw like an exocet to prompt another run out.

Other bowling figures for County were: Nathan Buck, who captained the side, 6-0-26-0, Raine 5-0-16-0 and Harry Bush 6-0-25-0.

In reply, County off to a bad start as Angus Robson (2), Tom Wells (11) and Bush (0) fell but Turner held firm as the side reached 33-3 after seven overs.

Left-handed duo Turner (42, 55b) and Raine (65, 85b) put on 57 for the fourth wicket to put the team in a better position on 90-3 after 18.3 overs but Turner went, and Robinson (2) and Lewis Hill (8) were also dismissed.

Ali, who batted well in both innings during the Championship game against Lancashire last week, scored a useful 16 in an alliance worth 40 for the 7th wicket with Raine (pictured right) but the duo lost their wickets and County were 162-8 with four overs to go.

Sayer (9) and Freckingham (10) took the target from 27 to 13 off two but the seamer was dismissed. Sayer and Buck got it down to three off the last ball but the off-spinner was dismissed by Ireland (7.4-0-42-4) at that point.

Jamie Harrison (5-0-31-2), Usman Arshad (8-0-36-1) and Jennings, who had superb figures of 1-19 from eight, were the other wicket-takers.

The teams now meet in the Championship at the same ground, with the fixture starting at 11am tomorrow morning.

Pete Johnson


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