Onions tears Notts apart
Graham Onions had a hand in all 10 wickets to fall as Durham took a narrow lead over LV= County Championship title hopefuls Nottinghamshire.
Onions - released from the England squad at Lord’s for the third and final Investec Test against South Africa - drove up from London to take the new ball for the visitors and finished with career-best figures of 9-67.
The 29-year-old seamer looked set for the first 10-wicket innings haul in English cricket since 2007 until he ran out Luke Fletcher with a direct hit from backward square-leg.
Onions’ stunning display left Notts all out for 154, despite 53 from Paul Franks, after Durham had earlier been bowled out for 194.
Paul Collingwood’s men then closed 67 ahead on 27 without loss in their second innings.
Sixteen wickets fell on a highly eventful day at Trent Bridge, with Notts requiring less than 39 overs to dismiss Durham, who resumed on 85 for four, before they themselves were sent packing by Onions in 42.3 overs.
Fletcher added to his two overnight wickets when Paul Collingwood was caught at gully and Ben Phillips had Dale Benkenstein caught in the slips edging a loose drive.
The wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and it was left to last pair Mark Wood and Chris Rushworth to post the highest partnership of the innings.
Rushworth swept Graeme White for six before Wood was caught behind off the spinner for 34 on the stroke of lunch, ending a stand of 50.
Onions replaced Mitchell Claydon at the start of the afternoon session and immediately settled into the perfect rhythm, finding a good line and length and seeing off Alex Hales lbw with the sixth ball of the innings.
That delivery kept low and the paceman also picked up Riki Wessels with a similar delivery, having already sent Michael Lumb and Adam Voges back to the pavilion.
Steven Mullaney was particularly aggrieved to be given lbw to a ball that looked like it was going high while Franks’ bold, counter-attacking innings came to a conclusion when he was trapped by one that appeared to pitch outside leg.
Having picked up the first eight wickets, Onions then ran out Fletcher at the non-striker’s end after the Notts seamer hesitated over a single.
Andy Carter was then cleaned up to leave Durham 40 ahead, an advantage which openers Will Smith and Mark Stone built on prior to stumps.