Lumb puts Notts in the driving seat

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Michael Lumb made Durham pay for dropping him on nought by going on to make an unbeaten century, putting Nottinghamshire firmly in control of their LV= County Championship clash at the end of day two.

Lumb edged into the gap between wicketkeeper Phil Mustard and first slip Dale Benkenstein, who may have been unsighted as he put down a diving one-handed take, while Michael Di Venuto failed to take a sharp chance when the batsman was on 43.

The left-hander went on to put Durham’s bowlers to the sword in a classy innings of 104 not out - his first hundred for Notts - that contained 15 fours in 193 balls at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Lumb shared partnerships of 85 and 99 with Alex Hales and James Taylor respectively as Nottinghamshire closed on 231 for four – a lead of 263.

That came after Ben Phillips had finished with 4-33 as Durham, who resumed on 55 for three in response to Nottinghamshire’s first-innings 161, were all out for 129 this morning.

The hosts' position could have been more perilous were it not for Callum Thorp, who struck an unbeaten 30 from 27 balls after the top order had floundered.

A fine bowling spell from Phillips, who took three of the four wickets to fall inside the first 10 overs, coupled with some poor strokeplay from Durham’s batsmen tipped the scales in Nottinghamshire’s favour.

Benkenstein added just four to his overnight score before he cut a wide delivery from Andre Adams to Alex Hales at first slip, while Ben Stokes inside-edged Phillips onto his stumps to depart for 33.

Michael Lumb

Michael Lumb was dropped twice en route to an unbeaten 104, which put Nottinghamshire in control against Durham after the second day

Ian Blackwell failed to trouble the total before he drove loosely to Neil Edwards at second slip off Phillips, who then picked up his fourth wicket by squaring up Phil Mustard and inducing an edge to Adams at third slip.

Thorp put the top order to shame by taking the attack to the bowlers but the Australian found little support and was left stranded as Andy Carter rattled through the tail.

Scott Borthwick chopped a short-pitched delivery onto his stumps, Graham Onions hooked to Luke Fletcher on the square-leg boundary and Mitchell Claydon was caught by Hales in the slips to complete Durham’s misery as they were all out before lunch.

They were given a crumb of comfort when Edwards registered his second single figure score of the match after clipping Onions to Mark Stoneman just in front of square after lunch.

But Hales overcame a sluggish start by crunching Claydon for three fours in the space of four balls in the next over, before gradually growing in stature with a succession of sweetly-timed drives.

At the other end Lumb, having enjoyed his first reprieve, got off the mark with a streaky edge past the slip cordon for four.

Hales brought up the first half-century of the match with a late cut between gully and point for three but perished for 57 after clipping Blackwell’s fifth ball to Stokes at cover.

Slow left-armer Blackwell then had Samit Patel caught at slip by Michael Di Venuto, who gave Lumb another life when he dropped a tough chance off Scott Borthwick.

Di Venuto threw his hands up as an edge rocketed towards him but could not cling on and Lumb reached 50 with a drive wide of mid-off for four from the second ball after tea.

Lumb and new batsman Taylor progressed serenely in the evening session, with Claydon and Borthwick coming in for particular punishment.

Lumb moved to three figures with a single to midwicket off Stokes, who then had Taylor caught behind in the same over for 37.

The dismissal of Taylor was little consolation for Durham, however, as Lumb and Chris Read survived untroubled until the close.

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