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Glamorgan frustrate Durham on a day of disappointment for the hosts

2J8CFMB Chester le Street, England, 15 May 2022. Michael Hogan of Glamorgan is bowled by Matthew Potts of Durham to end their County Championship Division 2 match at the Riverside Ground. Credit Colin Edwards/Alamy Live News

Durham 311 all out: Stokes 82, Petersen 78; Hogan 4/62 and 39/2: Lees 12*; Neser 1/15.

Glamorgan 365 all out: Root 88, Neser 62, Carlson 53, Northeast 51; Potts 4/61, Raine 4/61.

Billy Root led Glamorgan to a 54 run first innings lead in a fantastic Welsh fightback, well supported by Michael Neser (62), Kiran Carlson (53), Sam Northeast (51). 

Root, playing his first game of 2022 added 113 with Aussie-quick Neser before the Welsh side collapsed to 163-7 with Durham’s first innings score looking very far away at that point.

Durham’s highlights of the day were identical figures of 4 for 61 from England prospect Matty Potts and Ben Raine.

England captain Ben Stokes had a difficult day with the ball however, going for almost 6 an over and wicketless in his three spells.

Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne struggled early this morning, scratching around before he fell to Ben Raine LBW for 17.

Sam Northeast batted resolutely and elegantly striking 51 before nicking off to Ned Eckersley from Chris Rushworth’s bowling.

Kiran Carlson went on the offensive for the hosts striking Stokes for 33 in his four over spell, before he was bowled by Potts the ball after the lunch break for an extravagant 53 from 45 balls.

Glamorgan keeper’ Chris Cooke was caught down the leg side to leave the visitors in trouble at 163-7.

Neser and Root then fought back brilliantly for the visitors putting on an eighth-wicket stand of 113, then supported by injured Timm Van Der Gugten (38*) to give Glamorgan a 54 run lead.

Durham had 14 overs to see them to close, but lost two along the way when Sean Dickson (16) was trapped LBW by Michael Hogan, and Keegan Petersen (5) had his middle stump removed by Neser to complete a resounding Glamorgan day.