Borthwick puts Sussex in a spin

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Scott Borthwick

Scott Borthwick claimed his maiden five-wicket haul to boost Durham's slim championship hopes against Sussex at the PROBIZ County Ground

Scott Borthwick’s maiden five-wicket haul revived Durham’s LV= County Championship title challenge at the PROBIZ County Ground and deepened Sussex’s relegation fears.

A week after his England one-day debut in Ireland, leg-spinner Borthwick took 5-80 in 19 overs as Sussex were dismissed for 218 on a good pitch under cloudless skies.

They trailed by 154 but Durham declined to enforce the follow-on and reached 93 without loss after Michael Di Venuto retired hurt on two following a blow on the elbow from Wayne Parnell.

Will Smith, dropped by Luke Wells at backward point off Amjad Khan on 42, was 54 nt out at the close with Mark Stoneman on 30 following his first-day century to help Durham amass a lead of 247.

Stoneman also held a brilliant catch to get rid of Matt Prior, who made 22 off 14 balls. He had already taken six runs off a Borthwick over when he drove the youngster over extra-cover and Stoneman dived to hold the catch just inside the short boundary on the pavilion side.

Borthwick initially came on for the final over before lunch and was rewarded with a third-ball wicket as a googly had left-hander Luke Wells lbw for 27.

It was the fourth time that a wicket had fallen in the first over of a spell and, after snaring Prior in the second over after the break, Borthwick stayed on for the rest of the innings.

He took five successive wickets, including James Anyon, who was awarded his county cap at the lunch interval, while Graham Onions topped and tailed the innings to finish with 4-67.

When Onions was recalled with eight wickets down Sussex skipper Michael Yardy, continuing his fine form, twice cut the paceman for four and also drove him to the cover boundary in the same over to complete his half-century.

After protecting Amjad from the strike, Yardy was on 61 when he took a single off Onions two balls before tea.

Amjad tried to pull the next ball and gloved a catch to Mustard to delay the interval with last man Monty Panesar coming in. Yardy took five runs off the next over but, in making room to hit Onions to the short off-side boundary, was bowled for 66.

Onions’ earlier victims were Chris Nash, who checked his intended pull and offered a return catch off the sixth ball of the innings, and Murray Goodwin, who fended the first ball of his second spell to gully.

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