Red Rose creep ahead in basement battle

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Lancashire were marginally ahead after 18 wickets fell on the opening day of the meeting between LV= County Championship Division One’s bottom two at Emirates Durham ICG.

Luke Procter claimed career-best figures of 5-17 after Kyle Hogg started Durham’s collapse with three wickets in six balls as the hosts were dismissed for just 102.

At that stage, the Red Rose seemed in command, yet Graham Onions had other ideas, taking four quick wickets to turn the game on its head.

However, Paul Horton, bowled by a Jamie Harrison no-ball on six, remained resolute and was 31 not out alongside Hogg, on 23, as Lancashire reached 141 for eight, a lead of 39.

Durham were undone by swing and a continuation of their lack of diligence.

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Lancashire celebrate as Durham are reduced to 82 for six after Luke Procter, who took 5-17 off 10 overs, dismisses Phil Mustard

Asked to bat, they reached 32 for one before Hogg took the first of his three wickets by swinging one from wide of leg stump to bowl Will Smith round his legs.

Gordon Muchall then chased a wide one and Ben Stokes gave Gareth Cross a second catch when trying to withdraw his bat.

Returning from a shoulder injury, Dale Benkenstein made 10 before shaping to drive Procter and edging to Cross, after which Phil Mustard followed a ball that was leaving him to be brilliantly caught by Ashwell Prince at second slip for four.

Procter bowled some big in-swingers, including the one which bowled Harrison, but got one to hold its line and pin Paul Collingwood, who top-scored with 25 lbw.

When Lancashire batted, Onions struck twice in the third over, having Stephen Moore caught at third slip and pinning Karl Brown lbw.

Prince then edged a beauty to second slip and Steven Croft fell attempting a lavish drive.

When Onions made way for Steve Harmison, the ex-England man made a wayward start but slowly improved and claimed a wicket in his seventh over as Cross played across the line and was bowled.

Harrison then accounted for Ajmal Shahzad and Glen Chapple, only for Lancashire - 109 for eight at that stage - to launch a mini-recovery.

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