A DRAW was the only result when Worcestershire's weather-affected Championship game resumed at Durham today.

Just 38 overs were possible yesterday but that was enough for the home side to end the day on 153-4, one run ahead of the County's first innings total.

David Boon, on 8 overnight, and Paul Colingwood, with 7, continued to prosper today and soon took their side safely past the 200 mark.

Yesterday rain wiped out play until Durham, on 32--1 overnight, finally began their chase at 2.40pm.

The home county immediately took the game to the Worcestershire attack with John Morris pulling Jason de la Pena for six in the quickie's first over and then Jonathan Lewis brought up the 50 with a back foot drive for four off de la Pena.


Morris and Lewis continued unhindered scoring at a brisk four an over until de la Pena trapped Lewis leg before after the former Essex batsman had completed his 50 off 81 balls.

Durham brought up the 100 after 22 overs when new batsman Jimmy Daley stroked Chris Liptrot through the leg side.

Slow bowler Richard Illingworth was introduced after a break for rain to slow up the runs but Morris finally reached his 50 with a square drive off Illingworth. The former Derbyshire batsman had struck six fours and one six in a typical knock off just 69 deliveries.

Daley had scored freely, scoring five boundaries in his total of 24 before Stuart Lampitt induced an outside edge and Steve Rhodes completed the catch.

After two wickets had fallen on 138, Durham limped to 153 for 4 in the gathering gloom before the rain inevitably returned forcing the game to be abandoned at 5.30pm.

WORCESTERSHIRE First Innings 152 Leatherdale 85; Brown 6-25.

DURHAM-First Innings

Lewis lbw b de la Pena 52

Gough lbw b Sheriyar 0

Morris st Rhodes b Illing'th 55

Daley c Rhodes b Lampitt 24

Boon not out 36

Collingwood not out 31

Extras 7

Total (4 wkts, 60 overs) 205

Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-96, 3-138, 4-138.

To Bat: Speight, Betts, Wood, Brown, Harmison.