Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Blackfinch New Road (day two)
Durham 273: Burnham 76, Bancroft 70; Morris 6-53, Leach 3-59
Worcestershire 321-6: Wessels 118, Whiteley 62*, Dell 61
Worcestershire (6 pts) lead Durham (5 pts) by 48 runs
Match scorecard

Riki Wessels made his second century at New Road in little over a week to help Worcestershire build a first-innings lead against Durham.

Fresh from his One-Day Cup ton against Derbyshire, Wessels made a classy 118, sharing a 140-run fifth-wicket stand with 21-year-old debutant Josh Dell.

Dell made 61 from 174 balls, his maiden half-century, in Worcestershire’s total of 321-6, an advantage of 48 runs.

But the Pears were also boosted by an unbeaten 62 from in-form Ross Whiteley.

The big-hitting all-rounder blasted two sixes, to add to four earlier from Wessels, to help the hosts turn the tide in their first home County Championship game of 2019.

Wessels had produced a typically aggressive display in his first home Championship appearance since the 33-year-old’s winter move from Nottinghamshire on a three-year contract.

Durham, who lost their opening two fixtures, and are without Mark Wood because of England duty.

They do have Chris Rushworth back after missing their One-Day Cup campaign with a side strain, but he did not add to his dismissal of Daryl Mitchell the previous evening,