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AFTER a remarkable turnaround in the final session Durham have a chance of their first championship win of the season on the third day against Middlesex.
The visitors will resume on 58 for five, still needing 60, after Chris Rushworth picked up three wickets.
Middlesex lost both openers without a run on the board and were 38 for five before Toby Roland-Jones came in as nightwatchman with six overs left and comfortably made his way to 15.
A two-day defeat had looked likely for Durham until 50 minutes were lost to rain either side of tea. They emerged at 4.30 with all guns blazing as Callum Thorp and Scott Borthwick put on 60 in eight overs and from 119 for seven when the rain arrived they went on to make 200.
Borthwick was unbeaten on 41, Durham’s top score of the match.
There was an injury scare for Ben Stokes in what looked like a repeat of last season’s hand injury. He dived to his right in an attempt to catch a fierce drive from Joe Denly, which was just off the ground, and immediately ran off. The initial diagnosis was a dislocated finger.