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MacLeod and Hastings counter Kerrigan spell

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A fine 84 by Calum MacLeod and an attacking 83 from John Hastings helped Durham stage an impressive fightback against Lancashire to reach 329 for eight at stumps on the first day at Emirates Old Trafford.

Durham looked in some trouble as they slipped to 82 for five but MacLeod and Hastings joined forces in a 145-run stand for the seventh wickets to help turn the potentially pivotal LV= County Championship Division One relegation showdown around.

Neither player was able to stick around until the close as both were dismissed in the final 10 overs of the day, but by then Ben Stokes had arrived from the Kia Oval after being released from England duty.

The all-rounder will resume on 24 not out on Saturday and will hope to help his side build an even more formidable first-innings total in a game which is being played on Manchester's Test wicket.

Things started well enough for Durham after they won the toss and opted to bat, with Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings guiding their side reasonably securely to 50 without loss in 12 overs.

However, Stoneman then edged a catch behind to Alex Davies when he pushed at Tom Smith's first ball of the morning and departed for 31, and batting was never as simple thereafter.

A large reason for that was the introduction of Simon Kerrigan into the attack in the 16th over.

The slow left-armer immediately extracted turn from the pitch and took his first wicket with his 13th ball when Jennings attempted a reverse sweep on 26 but miscued to Steven Croft, catching sharply at short leg.

Four overs later Scott Borthwick skied a catch to Glen Chapple at mid-off when he tried to hit Kerrigan over the top and Smith took his 50th wicket of the season a few minutes later when Paul Collingwood edged his fourth ball to Davies.

Durham's grim end to the session was completed when Phil Mustard tried to work Kerrigan to leg but was lbw on the back foot.

With their wicketkeeper's dismissal Durham had lost four wickets for 16 runs in 42 balls, Kerrigan taking three of them in 24 deliveries at a cost of 14 runs.

The careful progress made by Durham's batsmen in the afternoon session put the rash strokeplay of earlier into an unfavourable perspective.

Michael Richardson and MacLeod batted sensibly for 20 overs, extending their sixth-wicket partnership to 63 before Richardson steered Smith to Usman Khawaja in the gully when he had made 38.

That, though, was Lancashire only success of the session. Hastings joined MacLeod and the pair had added an unbroken 54 by tea, Hastings lifting Kerrigan for a couple of straight sixes and pulling Parry for another.

The Australian hit the spinners for another three maximums in the final session and MacLeod had added a further 36 runs before he was trapped lbw on the back foot by Tom Bailey to give the young Lancashire seamer his solitary success of the day.

Hastings may also have been eyeing a maiden first-class hundred but Durham's number eight was bowled by Smith five minutes before the close to leave the Lancashire all-rounder with figures of 4-37 from 20 overs.

Kerrigan finished with 3-86 from 25 overs but after the success he enjoyed against left-handers in the first session, the spinner was left regretting something of a missed opportunity.

"We're disappointed with how it went," admitted Kerrigan. "We had a real chance at 82 for five and we didn't manage to capitalise on it. It's the Test wicket, there's a bit of rough there and Durham have got a lot of left-handers up the top of their order.

"It's a decent pitch and it's a big first innings for us once we get them out. It could be tricky batting last on that wicket."

MacLeod said: "Hopefully the stand between John and myself will be quite important.

"It's quite a tired pitch and hopefully we can get a good total and put them under pressure. It was easier with us being right-handed because the spinners were having more joy against the left-handers. Thankfully we managed to put a couple of good partnerships together."

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