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Durham win despite Buttler ton

Highlights from day four at Emirate Durham ICG

Jos Buttler's first century for Lancashire was not enough to propel the Red Rose to victory as they suffered a 27-run LV= County Championship defeat to Durham at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Buttler, England's limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman, did his chances of Test recognition no harm with an unbeaten 100 off 131 balls, but his county slipped into the bottom two of Division One after an agonising defeat.

The visitors appeared on course for victory when Buttler and Steven Croft put on 129 for the fifth wicket to lead their side to 203 for four in pursuit of 340, but Durham fought back and Chris Rushworth's four-wicket haul, including last man Simon Kerrigan, gave them an overdue triumph.

Durham took the two wickets they wanted in the first hour to leave Lancashire on 74 for four, only for the change bowlers to come under fire from Croft and Buttler.

Ben Stokes' first six overs cost 34 runs and despite the fortunate dismissal of Ashwell Prince, strangled down the leg side, Paul Coughlin was similarly expensive.

When Scott Borthwick replaced Coughlin a long hop in his second over was flat-batted for a straight six by Buttler, who drove the next ball over extra cover.

Croft drove a Borthwick full toss for his seventh four to reach 50 off 66 balls, but his exit sparked Lancashire's decline.

Croft, on 72, pulled Ben Stokes to deep square-leg, where Gordon Muchall held a good catch, and Buttler lost his fluency after racing to 50 off 51 balls.

Initially he was happy to play second fiddle to Tom Smith, who eased to 26 before Paul Collingwood's bowling changes began to pay dividends.

Smith pushed forward to the fourth ball of a John Hastings spell and a thick edge flew low to Borthwick at gully.

Glen Chapple made a streaky 14 before Stokes returned and the visiting captain chased the fourth ball, which was short and wide, and edged to Phil Mustard.

When Kyle Hogg pushed tentatively forward and was bowled by Hastings, number 10 batsman Kabir Ali joined Buttler with 71 needed.

On five, Kabir skied a pull off Stokes, which just cleared the fielder at long-leg and went for six, and the next ball produced four leg-side byes.

The target was down to 31 when Hastings had Kabir caught at forward short-leg for 26, then Rushworth took the new ball with Buttler on 97.

The former Somerset man cut the first ball for two and pushed the second to deep cover for a single to complete his hundred.

But two balls later Simon Kerrigan played across an in-swinger and was lbw, giving Rushworth his fourth wicket, and Lancashire were all out for 312.

Prior to that Kerrigan had almost been run out and Buttler admitted: "You could tell from that we weren't sure how to play it.

"I hadn't been in that situation before. Simon's not the worst number 11, he was just unlucky to come in and face the new ball straight away."

Collingwood said: "It was nerve-racking, but we always know here that you are only one wicket away from going bang, bang. There wasn't much life in the pitch but the bowlers kept running in hard."

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