County Championship: Northants thrash Durham inside two days

Ben Sanderson finished with match figures of 7-80 in Northants’ two-day victory
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Riverside (day one):
Durham 129 & 133: Steel 50; Sanderson 4-34
Northamptonshire 198: Wakely 60; Salisbury 4-44 & 65-3: Procter 21; Patel 2-18
Northants (19 pts) beat Durham (3 pts) by seven wickets

Northants completed a crushing seven-wicket victory over Durham inside two days at the Riverside, their third Country Championship win of the season.

The visitors resumed on 189-6 but added only nine runs to their first innings before blowing away Durham by tea for just 133 despite Cameron Steel’s 50.

Ben Sanderson (4-34), Richard Gleeson (3-26) and Nathan Buck (3-15) all made valuable contributions with the ball.

It left Northants needing just 65 to win, which they reached in 17 overs.

The quick defeat was Durham’s second in less than two days this season, both at Chester-le-Street and their fifth overall in this Division Two campaign.

Steel was the seventh to go in Durham’s second innings, with skipper Paul Collingwood the only other batsman to pass 20.


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