PAUL COLLINGWOOD reached two landmarks on the same day at Trent Bridge, only to become opposing captain Chris Read's 1,000th first-class victim as Durham crumbled to a dispiriting defeat.

A dramatic collapse turned what looked certain victory into a 52-run defeat on the third evening after they had dominated the first two days.

Needing 215 to win, they raced to 58 for one after nine overs then slumped to 71 for six and were finally all out for 162.

Collingwood's 200th first-class catch for the county wrapped up the Nottinghamshire innings for 382, then he became the first to reach 10,000 runs. That's in addition to his 4,259 Test runs.

But he had to witness the rarity of four top-order batsmen being clean bowled before he edged to Read straight after driving a four through extra cover to achieve his milestone.

Gordon Muchall counter-attacked in an innings of 36 and it seemed the luck of the Irish might come to the rescue when Barry McCarthy got off the mark with a six which was palmed over the rope and went on to make 38 not out.

After six defeats and a draw in their last seven games, Durham are not mathematically safe. But Hampshire are 34 points behind them with two tough games left, at home to Yorkshire and away to Nottinghamshire.

Durham can make sure of safety in their final game at home to bottom club Worcestershire, starting on Monday.

Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick shrugged off the first-ball loss of Jack Burnham to race to 55 after eight overs.

They must have been licking their lips in anticipation of more easy pickings when Harry Gurney came on. But after bowling so poorly in the first innings he bowled Borthwick with his second ball and Stoneman with the fifth.

Both balls from the left-armer drew the batsmen forward and swung past the edge to hit off stump.

Jake Ball had splattered Burnham's timber when the youngster shouldered arms to a ball slanted into him, but then came under fire from Stoneman, whose 31 came off 24 balls.

Ball made way for Doncaster-born Brett Hutton, who followed his five-wicket haul in the first innings by taking three for eight in his first five overs and went on to finish with five for 29.

A superb yorker took out Michael Richardson's middle stump before Collingwood pushed at an away swinger and Ryan Pringle was lbw to one which nipped back.

Five wickets had gone down for 13 runs, bringing in Jamie Harrison after three successive ducks.

It was now or never for Muchall and he immediately began to caress the ball to the cover boundary. There was also a clip to mid-wicket as he took three fours off Hutton's sixth over.

Harrison finally got off the mark with an edged four off his 15th ball, but added only a single before fending a lifter from Ball to slip.

A taller man than the 5ft 9in Luke Wood would have caught McCarthy at long leg, but his outstretched hands palmed the hook for six and the Irishman went on to play with calm authority.

It became 136 for eight when Muchall was lbw to one which nipped back and kept low, but Chris Rushworth helped to add 22 before the extra half hour was taken and he lobbed the fourth ball to mid-off. Two overs later Hutton bowled Graham Onions and it was all over.

Things had looked ominous for Durham on another glorious morning as Riki Wessels and Samit Patel extended their stand to 153 and were not parted until 12 minutes before lunch.

It could have been much different had David Millns upheld either of two good lbw shouts by Pringle in the day's first three overs.

It was a gamble to open up with the off-spinner and although he found some turn he bowled several poor balls, allowing the batsmen to get underway.

Onions' radar was off beam at the other end, but he should have had Patel on 33 when Richardson capped an untidy morning by spilling the chance.

Having started quietly, with Patel dominating, Wessels began to score freely off both Rushworth and Onions, prompting the return of Pringle in preference to the sparingly-used Borthwick.

Wessels seemed to have a shot for any ball Pringle could bowl as he lifted a six over mid-wicket, paddled the next to long leg then reverse-swept another boundary.

He went from 27 after 45 balls to 75 from 83 and it was a surprise when he fell for 85, pushing forward and edging McCarthy to Collingwood Durham were helped by the afternoon's first two victims holing out on the leg-side boundary. Read had just swept a Pringle full toss for four when he tried to clear Rushworth at deep square leg but gave him a head high catch.

Borthwick also bowled a few overs after lunch until the new ball was taken at 290 for six. But it posed no problems and Patel scored freely off it to reach his century off 154 balls.

But when Rushworth dropped the next ball short he hooked it to long leg, where Onions leaned to his left and caught the ball above the rope.

Batting still looked comfortable as Yorkshire-born pair Hutton and Wood added 53, but when Pringle returned Hutton pushed forward to the fifth ball, which turned through the gate and hit the off stump.

Ball belted a four and two off Pringle before missing a drive at a well-flighted ball, which bowled him. Then Borthwick came on at the other end and Wood top-edged a sweep for Collingwood to run round from slip and take that 200th catch.

He needed only six runs to reach his other landmark. But that was all he got *Phil Mustard has gone to Lancashire on loan for their final two matches, starting with the division two title decider against Surrey at Old Trafford. He will deputise for the injured Alex Davies.