Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Blackfinch New Road (day one)
Durham 273: Burnham 76, Bancroft 70; Morris 6-53, Leach 3-59
Worcestershire 1-1: Rushworth 1-0
Worcs (3 pts) trail Durham (2 pts) by 272 runs
Match scorecard

Worcestershire captain Joe Leach marked his return to Championship with three wickets against Durham.

Out since last June with a serious back injury, Leach took 3-59 in support of Charlie Morris, who continued his fine form as Durham were all out for 273.

Reduced to 14-3, they recovered as Cameron Bancroft (70) and Jack Burnham (76) added 149 for the fourth wicket.

But both fell in successive overs as Morris returned figures of 6-53, with Worcestershire 1-1 at stumps in reply.

With the county season already 39 days old, the game is only Worcestershire’s second in the Championship, having beaten Leicestershire by an innings last month.

Leach had Cameron Steel caught at first slip and Gareth Harte leg-before in his initial spell with the new ball.

And he later bowled Liam Trevaskis off the inside edge as he sent down 19 overs in the innings, but it was Morris who proved the main threat as he followed his career-best 7-45 against Leicestershire with the fourth ‘five-for’ of his career.

Worcestershire had two overs to face at the end of play, with Daryl Mitchell trapped lbw by Chris Rushworth for a duck with the second ball of the innings.


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