Ben Slater, Lyndon James provide Notts response to deny Durham’s victory push


Visitors can only manage five wickets on final day after declaring on lead of 395

Durham 330 (Raine 59, Lees 58, Bedingham 57) and 332 for 4 dec (Bedingham 180*, Eckersley 113*) drew with Nottinghamshire 267 (Moores 96*, Hutton 51, Salisbury 4-74) and 298 for 5 (James 79*, Slater 73, Mullaney 69)

Nottinghamshire found the required resilience to pick up the significantly enhanced eight-point reward for a draw in their opening LV= Insurance County Championship match after visitors Durham had given their bowlers the whole of the final day to claim 10 wickets and a first victory at Trent Bridge in the competition since 2013.

Without a win in the Championship in 26 matches before this one, Nottinghamshire had suffered 17 defeats in that period, a record that made Durham favourites to take the last-day honours in this match, especially after bowling out their hosts in 74.1 overs in the first innings.

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