Collingwood century proves age is just a number

Durham 342 (Collingwood 127, Hogan 5-49) v Glamorgan

Paul Collingwood’s century underpinned Durham’s recovery © Getty Images

It’s been a 41st birthday to remember for Durham captain Paul Collingwood, as he struck 127 off 174 balls to aid his team’s recovery on the first day of their County Championship Division Two clash against Glamorgan at St. Helen’s in Swansea.

However, it was also a day to remember for new Glamorgan captain Michael Hogan, whose three wickets in a four-ball spell saw him end his first day as skipper with a five-wicket haul. His figures of 5 for 49 helped to bowl Durham out for 342 by the close of play.

The visitors wobbled early on, losing two wickets in the first eight overs of the match, including that of key opening batsman Keaton Jennings, clean bowled by Marchant de Lange for four in the fifth over. Subsequently, Stephen Cook was trapped lbw by Australian-born Dutchman Timm van der Gugten, leaving them 17 for 2.

Hogan will have felt disappointed at losing the toss. But a poor start left the visitors up against it at 92 for 2 at lunch, having failed to capitalise on an ideal batting wicket, although Graham Clark and Cameron Steel built an 86-run partnership for the third wicket as the visitors began to rebuild.

And Glamorgan certainly built on their own morning success with a quick wicket after lunch, Clark falling to a superb low slip catch by Nick Selman off Hogan, the visitors having reached 103 for 3.

Steel brought up his fifty off 134 balls, hitting seven fours, but all eyes were on birthday boy Collingwood who had raced to 30, with six fours on all sides of the wicket, by the time his partner had reached the milestone.

A useful 60 partnership came to an end when Nick Selman claimed his second slip catch of the innings off Hogan, as Steel departed for 59 to leave the visitors 163 for 4 in the 57th over. Just three overs later, Durham lost their fifth wicket as Ryan Pringle was caught by wicketkeeper Chris Cooke off de Lange for 5, and the visitors were struggling once again at 169 for 5.

At tea, Durham were 183 for 5 and the skipper reached the half-century mark just after the break off 100 balls. A sixth wicket partnership of 91 with Paul Coughlin put the visitors back in the game as they claimed a second batting point. However, the stand came to an end when Coughlin was lbw to van der Gugten for 31 and the visitors were 260 for 6.

Collingwood went on to reach his century off 158 balls, and had hit 17 fours on his way to 127 before he was trapped lbw by Andrew Salter. An eighth wicket soon followed, Stuart Poynter caught behind off Hogan for a useful 38 as Durham reached 342 for 8.

Hogan claimed his second wicket in the over when he bowled George Harding off his second ball and completed a three-in-four-ball stint – and four in seven balls – when Chris Rushworth was caught behind off the last ball of the day to end Durham’s first innings on 342.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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