Durham fast bowler Chris Rushworth set a new record for his county by taking 15 wickets in one day of cricket as the North East side brushed Northamptonshire aside with an innings and 219-run victory at Chester-le-Street.
The already-relegated team were bowled out not once, but twice, in a period of just three and a half hours. Rushworth did most of the damage, but was denied the opportunity to take all 10 wickets in the first innings when Ben Stokes dismissed Maurice Chambers late on.
Nevertheless, the 28-year-old added another six wickets to his tally after Durham enforced the follow on, to end the match with career – and county – best figures of 15/95.
Durham resumed day three of their penultimate County Championship fixture this summer on 362-8 and added another 30 runs before they took to the field.
The right-arm opening bowler got the hosts off to a good start by claiming the wickets of James Middlebrook (23), Kyle Coetzer (4) and James Kettleborough (11) in the morning session.
Northamptonshire went to lunch on 48-3 but a collapse of epic proportions was still to follow as they lost all 20 wickets, and slumped to their 12th Division One defeat of the season with more than a day still to spare.
Rushworth rushed through the middle order after the lunch interval, removing five opposition batsmen – Adam Rossington (9), Robert Newton (0), Ben Duckett (0), Robert Keogh (17) and Neil Wagner (0) – for the cost of just three runs.
Reeling at 65-8, Rushworth was just two wickets away from replicating former Durham bowler Ottis Gibson’s 10-wicket haul against Hampshire in 2007. However, Ben Stokes had Chambers caught by Scott Borthwick at slip to make it 80-9.
The main man was back amongst the action soon enough though, making quick work of Mohammad Azharullah to send the number 11 straight back to the pavilion after only six balls and end the innings with individual figures of 9-52 after Northamptonshire made only 83 all out.
Follow on enforced
With a comfortable first innings lead of 309 behind him, Durham captain Paul Collingwood opted to ask his opponents to follow on. Rushworth continued his assault on the Northamptonshire batting order as James Middlebrook’s side were bowled out even quicker second time around.
England international Stokes once again denied his teammate the opportunity to take 10 wickets in an innings by removing Kettleborough for 14. But Rushworth – continuing his spell across the brief innings break – continued his great day with the ball by taking another six consecutive dismissals for his team.
He was able to once again coerce the visitors’ middle order into another collapse, with the scoreboard evolving from 18-1 to 58-7. The Sunderland seamer was finally given a break with his second innings bowling column reading 6/43, taking his match figures to 15/95.
Result wrapped up
Indian Test cricketer Varun Aaron removed Chambers after the protagonist relented his hold of the ball, whilst two late wickets for Peter Chase rounded off an innings victory as Northants were all out for 90 from just 17.2 overs second time around.
Rushworth broke a 19-year club record by surpassing the previous best Durham bowling figures of 14-177 – set by Alan Walker in 1995. Meanwhile it was the first time since 1939 that a player took 15 or more wickets in one day.
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