Durham build good lead against Worcestershire

Colin Ackermann batting for Durham
Colin Ackermann hit two fours in his innings of 40 [Getty Images]

Vitality County Championship Division One, Seat Unique Riverside (day two)

Durham 190: Stokes 56 & 148-9: Ackermann 40; Taylor 4-46

Worcestershire 112: Kashif Ali 55; Potts 4-29

Durham (3 pts) lead Worcestershire (3 pts) by 226 runs

Match scorecard

Four-wicket returns from Tom Taylor and Nathan Smith gave Worcestershire a fighting chance on a rain-affected second day of their County Championship clash with Durham.

The pair had the ball on a string at the Seat Unique Riverside and picked up key wickets, but 40 from Colin Ackermann helped Durham build their lead to 226 after finishing day two on 148-9.

With plenty of rain around, there was no play at Chester-le-Street until just after 13:00 BST and the visitors took two wickets in a seven-over spell before being forced off by the weather once again.

Wickets continued to fall in the evening session but Ackermann adapted to the conditions and helped his side build a challenging lead.

Smith, who is yet to be capped at international level for New Zealand, has been a fantastic addition to the Pears’ team, with the overseas star adding to the two second-innings wickets he took late on a chaotic first day, finishing with figures of 4-52.

Meanwhile Taylor picked up 4-46, including the vital wicket of England captain Ben Stokes with the last ball of the day.

Report supplied by ECB Reporters' Network.