11.52am – Durham have won by one wicket as Carse edges Hill between slips and gully. They claim 19 points to our four. We come out on the wrong side of a thrilling game.

11.48am – WICKET! Potts trapped lbw by Hill, 25, two balls after taking the new ball. It’s 244-9. Durham need two to win. Carse coming out with a runner.

11.46am – New ball taken by George Hill in place of Bess. Durham 244-8.

11.40am – Raine reaches his fifty off 110 balls. Durham are 242-8. New ball one over away.

11.36am – Dom Bess comes into the attack. Durham 241-8 in the 79th over, needing five more to win. Raine 49.

11.28am – Durham’s target is now down to single figures. They are 237-8 and need nine to win. Raine 46.

11.22am – A couple of boundaries in Thompson’s first over, both to Raine. Durham are 234-8, needing 12 more to win.

11.17am – Oh no, Thompson has gone down with what looks like a shoulder injury trying to stop a boundary. 228-8.

11.05am – Durham have moved to 220-8 against Hill and Fisher. They need 26 more.

11am – We’re all set for the off. Hill bowling Raine, who gets a single to mid-off first ball. Durham are 214-8 chasing 246.

10.19am – Let’s have a look around the grounds before we get going here.


Glamorgan 258 and 82-0 beat Worcestershire 109 and 227 by 10 wickets, Sophia Gardens

Derbyshire 251-9d v Gloucestershire 195-5, The Incora County Ground

Leicestershire 270 and 16-0 v Sussex 430, The Uptonsteel County Ground


Northamptonshire 158 and 72 lost to Nottinghamshire 255 by an innings and 25 runs, Wantage Road

Warwickshire 242 and 100-6 beat Essex 126 and 215 by four wickets, Edgbaston

Kent 95 and 66-0 v Hampshire 373, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence

Lancashire 326 v Somerset 361 and 114-3, Emirates Old Trafford

Surrey 380 v Middlesex 209 and 128-3, The Kia Oval

8.55am – Good morning from Chester-le-Street, where it’s a lovely morning – as summer like as I can think of so far this summer. It’s sunny and reasonably warm, and we will get going at 11am.

What a superb day’s cricket yesterday provided us with. This pitch has leant itself to attritional cricket, but the pendulum swung this way and that as Durham claimed wickets, Yorkshire did likewise and then Durham battled back late on.

At the moment, it is dead even. It’s in the DNA of sports fans everywhere to always look on the negative side of things isn’t it. The majority of Durham fans will no doubt think Yorkshire are favourites, and Yorkshire fans will think Durham are favourites today.

Realistically, you can’t call it. We could be here for an hour with injured last man Brydon Carse tasked with hitting the winning runs or the match could be wrapped up inside the first over of the day.

What is for sure is that it will be tense as we search for our first Championship win since last April.

If you want to recap yesterday’s action from the North East, you can do via our match report and reaction piece with Matthew Fisher. They’re available via the following links.



The live stream for today’s action will be available via the Match Centre tab at the top of the page. Enjoy the day.


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