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Brave Durham beaten by Middlesex in County Championship

Middlesex consolidated second place in LV= County Championship Division One after surviving a nervy start at Chester-le-Street to beat Durham by 71 runs.

James Harris took four of the remaining five wickets to finish with five for 71, his third five-wicket haul of the season, which included nine for 34 in the home win against Durham.

In the first 55 minutes, Scott Borthwick and Ryan Pringle added 56 runs and at 190 for five, with 118 needed, Durham were in the ascendancy. But 50 minutes later it was all over.

A Harris yorker took out Pringle's off stump after the all-rounder had hit three fours in a Tim Murtagh over in reaching 36.

While Toby Roland-Jones kept it tight, there were also 13 runs off Harris' first over before he struck with the first ball of his second.

Borthwick, on 68 overnight, reached 1,000 championship runs after moving to 83 but he fell for 95 when he drove at a gentle swinger from Neil Dexter and edged to John Simpson.

The wicketkeeper then held a leg-side catch when John Hastings gloved a short ball from Harris to depart for eight.

Chris Rushworth fended Harris to gully, leaving debut boy James Weighell to play a few shots after taking 17 balls to get off the mark. He reached 24 before skying Harris to Paul Stirling at deep backward square to end Durham's innings on 236.


Colback: 'Everyone is quick to jump on the negativity'

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren (right) congratulates Jack Colback and his players after the final whistle during their Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Credit: PA

Jack Colback feels the critics were too quick to jump on Newcastle following the loss at the Liberty Stadium, which came a week after they started the season with a 2-2 draw against Southampton.

"It's quite scary how quickly this season everyone is being criticised, it's daft after two games, but that's the nature of the game," the Newcastle midfielder said after drawing against Manchester United.

"Everyone is quick to jump on the negativity but as players you have to focus. We were disappointed last week, but we focused quickly on the next game and we have got a point."

'Teesside Tornado' misses out on place in Men's 100m final

At the World Championships in Beijing, Teesside sprinter Richard Kilty missed out on a place in the Men's 100m final.

Great Britain's Richard Kilty during the Men's 100 Metres heats during day one of the IAAF World Championships at the Beijing National Stadium, China. Credit: PA

Kilty, who has been nicknamed the "Teesside Tornado", finished in 8th place in the semi-final with a time of 10.2 having qualified as one of the fastest losers.

Usain Bolt beat Justin Gatlin to gold in the final, upsetting the form book to retain his title in 9.79, with Gatlin running at 9.80.

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