Wood takes five-wicket haul in Durham victory

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DURHAM Cricket Club’s Ashington-based all rounder Mark Wood was hoping his performance in the 16-run victory over Nottinghamshire would be enough for him to keep his place in the side for the LV=County Championship with Worcestershire at the Emirates ICG which started on Tuesday.

Wood was one of several stars to emerge from the win wrapped up on Saturday at Trent Bridge.

And Wood, 22, who was playing only his second championship match of the campaign, ended the game in style, collecting the first five-wicket haul of his Durham career.

He took the wickets of Alex Hales and home skipper Chris Read then wiped out the last three batsmen, Ben Phillips, Luke Fletcher and Andy Carter to finish with figures of 5-78 from 23.4 overs.

Wood was Durham’s second top scorer and last man out with 34 in the first innings when they were bowled out for 194.

The Ashington man again hit 30 in the second innings before his bowling prowess came to the fore.

Wood said: “I was delighted – firstly by claiming the best figures in my first class career and also to play such a big part in a tight game.

“I recently took four wickets when we played Australia ‘A’ in a tour game and I thought I had done well so with Ben Stokes away with the England Lions, I came into the team with my role being that of an all rounder.

“I was asked to bat at number eight and to score runs – and the plan came off well. Now I’m just hoping – and keeping my fingers crossed – that I’m in the side again this week.”