Borthwick stars with Durham ton
A review of Thursday's action in the LV=County Championship as Durham's Scott Borthwick made his first century.
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Scott Borthwick and Paul Collingwood superbly led Durham's fightback on day two of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with defending champions Warwickshire.
The north-east side looked to be in real trouble when they slipped to 50 for six in reply to Warwickshire's 345 all out, but captain Collingwood and bowling all-rounder Borthwick hit back at Edgbaston.
Former England batsman Collingwood struck 74 but Borthwick will take the headlines following a magnificent 101, his second first-class century and first in the championship, that significantly aided Durham's cause before they were all out for 284.
Graham Onions took three lower order wickets this morning as Warwickshire added 46 runs to their total this morning, with Chris Woakes finishing on 52 not out, and the hosts closed on six without loss second time around.
Graeme Smith's first innings as Surrey captain fell flat as the South Africa captain was dismissed for just two against Somerset at the Oval.
Smith, arguably the biggest star on show in this year's domestic competition, was dismissed by Peter Trego off his third ball faced as Surrey's top order failed to sparkle.
After Jade Dernbach had taken five for 57 as Somerset were all out for 384, Surrey could only muster 98 for four in response and it would appear their hopes of posting a significant total would rest on Rory Burns' shoulders, the opener reaching 43 not out before the close.
A half-century from opener Sam Robson spared Middlesex's blushes against Derbyshire at Lord's.
The London side closed on 180 for six although they would be firmly in trouble had it not been for Robson's 68, while Joe Denly and Gareth Berg contributed 34 and 27 respectively.
Tim Groenewald (25) and Mark Turner (22 not out) had earlier put on exactly 50 to take Derbyshire to 231 all out.
In Division Two, Steven Crook and Trent Copeland's final wicket stand put Northamptonshire firmly in the driving seat against Essex at Northampton.
Resuming on 156 for five, number eight batsman David Willey smashed 76 off 78 balls to take the attack to Essex's bowlers but Crook and Copeland continued to thwart the visitors with a partnership of 117 for the final wicket.
Crook was left stranded on 88 after Australian paceman Copeland was dismissed for 70 by Tymal Mills as Northants were all out for 399.
Essex reached 94 for two at the close - 122 runs shy of making the hosts bat again.
Niall O'Brien, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Matthew Boyce all made half-centuries as Leicestershire hit back against Kent at Grace Road.
In response to Kent's 406, O'Brien got the hosts off to a fine start with an innings of 63 and although they were wobbling on 155 for four, Sarwan (54) and Boyce (53 not out) took Leicestershire to 250 for four before the former was caught behind off Darren Stevens in the last ball of the day.
Jim Allenby's 71 not out put Glamorgan in firm control against Worcestershire at Sophia Gardens.
The all-rounder helped the Welsh side to 235 for seven in response to the paltry 123 all out Worcestershire made on Wednesday.