Liverpool win sets up big lead

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Durham have gone 23 points clear of Lancashire at the top of the County Championship after a five-wicket win over their rivals.

The third day of the match between the top two began with leaders Durham resuming on 27-3 chasing 181 to win.
Paul Collingwood and Will Smith put on a stand of 58 for the fourth wicket, with the former England Test batsman enjoying some luck when he was dropped on 21 by Paul Horton off Kyle Hogg.

But he had reached only 45 before falling to a stunning catch at third slip by Steven Croft off Luke Procter's second ball as Lancashire went in at lunch a spring in their step, having Durham 113-5.
But Dale Benkenstein (60no) and Ian Blackwell (26no) guided the visitors to their second victory over the red rose county with an unbroken stand of 81.
Benkenstein's second unbeaten half-century of the game helped him pass 1,000 Championship runs this season.