LV County Championship - Division One
Riverside - Day Three
Durham 146 (M J Saggers 4-26) & 108 (R H Joseph 6-32) v Kent 78 (M Davies 5-21, C D Thorp 4-34) & 133 (M van Jaarsveld 53, M Davies 5-24)
Durham (17pts) beat Kent (3pts) by 43 runs
Durham held their nerve to clinch a 43-run victory over Kent and keep themselves in the hunt for the Division One title.
After two eventful days which had seen 38 wickets fall, the visitors began the day needing another 61 to triumph and with Martin van Jaarsveld still at the crease.
The former South Africa international had James Tredwell for company and the pair added 17 runs before Durham got a much-needed breakthrough.
Crucially it was van Jaarsveld who went, Mark Davies getting him caught by skipper Dale Benkenstein for 53 from 65 balls.
The seamer's success gave him a second five-wicket haul in a contest that has seen the ball dominate the bat to such extraordinary levels a pitch panel was convened. Davies ended with amazing match figures of 10-45.
Any hopes Kent had of an unlikely last-wicket victory soon disappeared when last man Martin Saggers fell second ball, clean bowled by Callum Thorp.
A pitch panel was convened at Durham's Riverside ground after bad light had narrowly prevented their Division One match against Kent finishing in two days.
But Durham escaped the possibility of a points deduction when the panel convened at their Riverside ground decided no action need be taken.
Needing 177 to win, Kent reached 96 for three then slipped to 116 for eight before accepting the offer to suspend play with ten overs left.
Resuming on 43 for five, Kent were all out for 78, the second lowest total made against Durham in the County Championship.
With the ball continuing to swing and seam, Durham then repeated their first-innings slide in going from 32 without loss to 108 all out.
Robbie Joseph took a career-best six for 32 and there were six catches behind the stumps for Geraint Jones.
Mark Davies and Callum Thorp shared the wickets after Kent resumed on 43 for five in the morning, then with 11 overs to bat until lunch Durham reached 32 without loss.
Three wickets went down for four runs straight after the break, including that of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who departed third ball, lbw to Joseph. Only Will Smith, with 28 off 66 balls, offered much resistance.
Despite the loss of 100 minutes to rain this morning, 15 wickets fell on the first day of Durham's LV County Championship Division One match against Kent at Chester-le-Street.
After skittling Durham for just 146, Kent toiled to 43-5 as the seamers of both teams enjoyed the conditions.
Rob Key put Durham into bat and for a while the decision failed to pay off as they reached 58 for the first wicket.
Robbie Joseph sparked their collapse, taking wickets in each of his first two overs and another in the first over of his second spell.
The ball swung as well as seamed and ex-Durham bowler Martin Saggers took the last four wickets for five runs in 19 balls.
In the absence of the Harmison brothers, it was Mark Davies, coming on first change, who did the bulk of the damage when Kent started their first innings with 22 overs to bat.
He rattled Joe Denly's middle stump with his second ball, had Matt Walker lbw offering no stroke and finally bowled nightwatchman Saggers to finish with 3-7.