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Durham crowned U17 champions

Durham won the ECB Under-17 County Championship thanks to a 115-run victory against Kent in the two-day final at Arundel.

Opener Jack Burnham hit a century for Durham as they recorded 280 all out, before Callum Buckley returned incredible figures of 15.3-13-7-5 as Kent were dismissed for 165.

Both sides had topped their respective groups before winning semi-finals against Northamptonshire and Worcestershire respectively to set up a repeat of the 2010 final.

Durham had no hesitation in choosing to bat under sunny skies after winning the toss yesterday.

They lost James Thompson for a duck in the second over but fellow opener Burnham and Jack Hardy put on 44 for the second wicket.

Jack Laraman trapped Hardy lbw for 17 before Adam Hickley was run out by Hugh Bernard, and Reece Carr was stumped off Laraman to leave Durham 89 for four just after lunch.

Durham bowler Callum Buckley celebrates one of his five scalps as his side beat Kent in the ECB U17 County Championship finalBut Burnham and Paul Braithwaite's 116-run partnership put their side in control, with the former completing his hundred after tea.

Burnham was eventually dismissed for 124, including 17 fours and a six, by Bernard. Sean Tindale then departed quickly before Dan Anderson joined Braithwaite and the pair added 61.

After the duo were run out in quick succession - both by Harry Furze - Junaid Nadir picked up the last two wickets to dismiss Durham in the 86th over.

Kent began their reply today and lost Ryan Davies for nought in the second over.

Tom Wing then ousted Kent captain Mike Waller for his second wicket of the contest before Robert Sehmi, who escaped a narrow run-out chance first ball, edged to Hickey at first slip off Tindale.

When James Meddings was needlessly run out for seven, Kent found themselves 40 for four, but Furze and Zac Crawley's century partnership put them back into the contest.

It was Buckley's spin that broke the partnership, trapping Crawley lbw for 74, which began a collapse.

Buckley quickly accounted for Alex Smith, Laraman and Piers Richardson while Ranjit Singh was caught off James Thompson.

Furze tried to hit out, which helped him reach a half-century, but he soon became Buckley's fifth victim as Durham wrapped up a comprehensive victory. 

Durham are ECB Under-17 County Championship winners 2013


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