PAUL Collingwood provided the swash this afternoon while Kumar Sangakkara continued to provide the buckle in reaching 159.
Collingwood’s 74 off 78 balls propelled Durham towards maximum batting points, which had looked unlikely when the new ball was taken with the total on 240 for four after 80 overs.
That meant 160 were needed off 30 to achieve the full house, but at tea they needed eight runs from 11 balls after Sangakkara was caught at deep mid-wicket off the first ball of the 109th over.
The acceleration began with ten coming off Jimmy Anyon’s opening over with the new ball. However, he beat Collingwood twice in his next over, while Sangakkara continued to treat Steve Magoffin with great respect.
He failed to connect with a drive at the Australian on 98 but then clipped him for two through mid-wicket to complete his 47th first-class century off 202 balls.
Collingwood was on 27 when he really began to go for his shots, racing to his half-century in the next two overs.
It began with a top-edged pull over the slips for four off Magoffin, followed by a delicate dab to third man for three.
Two boundaries followed in Anyon’s next over then a powerful cut for four off Magoffin took the captain to 50.
Sangakkara survived a run-out chance on 115 before picking up Luke Wright over square leg for six, then Collingwood clobbered the flat left-arm spin of Ashar Zaidi over the rope at cow corner.
Off the next ball he tried to clear long-off but miscued a simple catch to Jon Lewis and the run rate dropped while Phil Mustard settled in.
Sangakkara knows all about how to pace a run chase and began to open up. With 56 needed off ten overs he bagged the fourth batting point by smashing Zaidi high over the short mid-wicket boundary. His third 50 came off only 55 balls.
Mustard was on 20 at the break.