David Bedingham, Ned Eckersley hundreds give Durham control


Bedingham leads way with unbeaten 180 as Notts winless run looks set to continue

Durham 330 and 332 for 4 (Bedingham 180*, Eckersley 113*) lead Nottinghamshire 267 (Moores 96*, Hutton 51, Salisbury 4-74) by 395 runs

South Africa-born batsman David Bedingham turned his maiden first-class century in English cricket into a career-best unbeaten 180 to put Durham in complete control of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Trent Bridge.

The 26-year-old right-hander, no stranger to these parts after three seasons with village side Plumtree in the Nottinghamshire Premier League, surpassed his previous best of 147 for Boland against Easterns in 2018 to help Durham recover from 22 for 3 to build a 395-run lead with one day remaining. Bedingham’s fifth-wicket partnership with Ned Eckersley, who finished unbeaten on 113, has added 254, a Durham record for the fifth wicket against any opposition.

It means that Nottinghamshire, whose bowling attack was weakened by the absence of the injured Jake Ball, will – barring something extraordinary – see their woeful run of results in first-class cricket stretch to 28 matches without a win, going back to June 2018.

Bedingham’s performance eclipsed the unbeaten 96 by Nottinghamshire wicketkeeper Tom Moores as the innings of the day, much as the latter had its merits as the home side, once 66 for 5, recovered to 267 all out in their first innings.

Moores shared an 89-run stand for the eighth wicket with Brett Hutton, who himself made a 71-ball half-century, before scoring 33 of the 37 runs added for the last two Nottinghamshire wickets. He had taken successive boundaries off Matt Salisbury to be only one shot away from his third career hundred when final partner Ball was out, so he could consider himself unlucky, although he had been dropped on 8 and 79.

Ball’s sore back kept him off the field as Durham began their second innings just before lunch but Nottinghamshire’s attack seemed hardly to miss him as Luke Fletcher struck with his second ball to have Alex Lees leg before without scoring and Hutton then dismissed Scott Borthwick, caught at second slip, to leave the visitors 5 for 2 for the second time in the match as skipper Borthwick reflected on scores of nought and 1 in the first match of his return to the county.

Mike Jones fell shortly afterwards but Bedingham looked as sure-footed as he had in the first innings and, after a partnership of 56 with Jack Burnham had drawn Nottinghamshire’s sting, he completed his second half-century of the match when he drove Fletcher handsomely for his seventh boundary.

Hitting the ball cleanly and fluently throughout, his century came with his 12th boundary, crashed through the offside again off Fletcher, and his final tally from 228 balls faced comprised 15 fours and three sixes, one of which disappeared into the upper levels of the Radcliffe Road stand. Eckersley’s hundred, the 16th of his career, came off 123 balls with 11 fours.

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