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DURHAM have finally broken their duck in this season’s LV County Championship, beating Middlesex by 15 runs in a dramatic climax at Chester-le-Street.
Ben Stokes, who had left the field with a dislocated finger the previous evening, took the last two wickets, while Graham Onions bowled throughout the 85 minutes’ play and finished with three for 38 in 20 overs.
With only 20 needed two wickets went down on 98. Toby Roland-Jones felt for an away swinger from Onions and edged to wicketkeeper Michael Richardson then a fast yorker from Stokes hit the base of Ollie Rayner’s off stump.
When Stokes also had Tim Murtagh caught behind Middlesex were all out for 102 and Durham were jubilant after their two-wicket defeat in a similar situation at Arundel last week.