Mohammad Abbas County Championship 2018 Leicestershire Durham Paul Collingwood record lowest scores
Mohammad Abbas AFP (file photo)

Durham registered the two lowest scores in their history as they were bowled out for 61 and 66 against Leicestershire at Grace Road, Leicester in a County Championship Division Two match. Durham’s previous lowest scores were 67 (in 1996) and 71 (in 2015), both against Middlesex at Lord’s. Only Alex Lees showed some gumption, top-scoring with 16 (and getting eighth out) in the first innings and adding 10 more in the second.

The rout was led by Mohammad Abbas (5 for 23 and 5 for 29), who was supported brilliantly by the other seamers Neil Dexter (4 for 18 in the match), Gavin Griffiths (3 for 21), and Ben Mike (3 for 26). It took them under 53 overs to take the twenty wickets, and the match ended just before tea after Leicestershire batted for 11 balls in the morning to reach 321.

Abbas provided some joy for his countrymen a day when Pakistan were brushed aside by India in the Asia Cup match at Dubai. He landed virtually everything on the spot and moved the ball both ways, and took the first five wickets in the first innings and four of the top six in the second. Leicestershire CCC gave Abbas his cap in the match. Unfortunately, he will have to join the Pakistan Test squad for the Australia series, and will not feature in the last match of the season, against Glamorgan at Cardiff.

It was a poor outing for 42-year-old Paul Collingwood, who has announced that he will retire after the season. He fell to Abbas in each innings, first for a golden duck, then for 5, after bowling nine wicketless overs. He will have another match this season, against Middlesex at Chester-le-Street.

Brief scores:

Leicestershire 321 (Ateeq Javid 58; Matt Salisbury 3 for 79) beat Durham 61 (Alex Lees 16; Mohammad Abbas 5 for 23) and 66 (Mark Wood 15*; Mohammad Abbas 5 for 29, Neil Dexter 3 for 17) by an innings and 194 runs.