[caption id="attachment_750078" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-750078" alt="Paul Collingwood farewell match Durham Middlesex County Championship 2018" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Paul-Collingwood1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Paul Collingwood fades into retirement Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Few expected <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/durham" target="_blank">Durham</a> to lose their final match of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/County-Championship-2018" target="_blank">2018 County Championship</a>, against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/middlesex" target="_blank">Middlesex</a> at Chester-le-Street. The target, after all, was a mere 167, and they were 45 for 1 at one stage. Then all went wrong: only 54 more were added as Durham slumped to a 57-run defeat. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/paul-collingwood" target="_blank">Paul Collingwood</a>, in the last match for Durham, was bowled for 10 by a straight, short-pitched ball from Martin Anderssen that did not rise. <p></p> <p></p>Collingwood had scored 32 in the first innings, and got <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sam-robson" target="_blank">Sam Robson</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/dawid-malan" target="_blank">Dawid Malan</a> in the Middlesex second innings. It could have been a fitting farewell for the captain, but Durham squandered a massive first-innings lead of 189. The Durham wickets were shared by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/tim-murtagh" target="_blank">Tim Murtagh</a>, Ethan Bamber, James Fuller, and Anderssen. <p></p> <p></p>"It was not quite the fairytale ending I was hoping for. It's 23 years, I do feel a little bit sad. It's the right time. I've put all my efforts into it and everybody only has a certain shelf life. I'm very satisfied and content with what I have achieved in the game. Hopefully the club will keep moving forward," said Collingwood, as quoted by <em>ESPNCricinfo</em>. <p></p> <p></p>"It has been a really surreal week. All the good luck messages and thank-you messages, it takes your breath away. Not the fairytale ending I was hoping for, but I can still have a smile on my face going into retirement after putting all my effort into it." <p></p> <p></p><strong>Brief scores:</strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>Middlesex</strong> 121 (James Harris 31; Matt Salisbury 6 for 37, Mark Wood 3 for 23) and 355 (Nick Gubbins 91, Stevie Eskinazi 96; Mark Wood 5 for 94) beat <strong>Durham</strong> 310 (Gareth Harte 112, Michael Richardson 50; Tim Murtagh 4 for 56, Ethan Bamber 3 for 78) and 109 (Cameron Steel 23, Stuart Poynter 23; Tim Murtagh 3 for 29) by 57 runs.