For the opening game of Northants’ LV= County Championship Division One campaign, they welcomed champions Durham to the County Ground.
Durham won the toss and elected to bat. Muhammad Azhar Ullah got Northants off to a great start by bowling Stoneman with Durham only on 3. Northants got the best of the action in the first session with Durham going into lunch on 70 for 2, after Hall picked up the second wicket.
Durham fought back during the afternoon session, with strong partnerships between firstly Jennings and Richardson, before Mustard joined Richardson, after Chambers had dismissed Jennings for 54. In the evening session, Middlebrook got the prize wicket of Richardson for 80 and Chambers picked up his second wicket. Durham closed the day on 265 for 5, with Phil Mustard on 63 and Gareth Breese on 28.
The game is very tight at the moment, with many experts saying the first hour will go a long way in deciding who is on top, as Northants look to get an early breakthrough. The second day's play will begin at 11am.