Hughes ton fails to halt Durham
Durham need a further 148 runs with nine wickets in hand against Worcestershire to record their fourth successive win in Division One of the LV= County Championship.
After the fall of 19 wickets on the first day, only three went down in today’s first two sessions before the visitors collapsed again at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Australian left-hander Phil Hughes showed his Test class with a brilliant century in an opening stand of 148 with skipper Daryl Mitchell, but Worcestershire were all out for 264.
They lost eight wickets after tea, six to reckless strokes as Callum Thorp picked up five scalps and Scott Borthwick three.
Durham had four overs to face and scored three runs before Will Smith tried to withdraw his bat from the first ball of the last over and played on to Chris Russell.
After trailing by 114 on first innings, Hughes and Mitchell survived a tough new-ball spell from Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth and took Worcestershire 34 runs into credit before Ben Stokes removed both.
The closest Hughes came to offering a chance was on 67, when a ball from Onions hit bat and ballooned off his pad towards extra-cover, where Stokes dived forward but could not cling on.
Hughes needed only 53 deliveries to complete the second fifty in his 143-ball century, racing into the nineties with three fours in an over off Thorp, who had previously bowled 10 overs for 17 runs.
On 104, Hughes flashed outside off stump and edged to Phil Mustard and, in Stokes’ next over, Mitchell steered a catch to gully to depart for 45.
Matt Pardoe and Moeen Ali looked comfortable in taking Worcestershire to tea on 182 for two, but the collapse began when the former pulled Borthwick to deep midwicket.
Moeen fell to a brilliant left-handed catch by Smith at short-leg, while Thorp took his first two in successive balls as Vikram Solanki skied a pull to Mustard and Joe Leach hit a bouncer straight to long-leg.
Thorp trapped Neil Pinner lbw and took the last two with the new ball to finish with 5-59.
With eight wickets down, Ben Scott repeated his first innings lack of faith in Russell as he declined singles in an effort to hog the strike and have a swing.
He made 17 before Thorp located off stump, after which Alan Richardson skied a catch to long-off.