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Lyon gets the better of Ben Stokes in Ashes reunion

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Nathan Lyon and Ben Stokes have resumed battle on the county scene with the Aussie prevailing. (AP PHOTO)
Camera IconNathan Lyon and Ben Stokes have resumed battle on the county scene with the Aussie prevailing. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP

Australian spin great Nathan Lyon has come out on top in his latest duel with England Test captain Ben Stokes, giving Lancashire the upper hand against Durham at Blackpool.

The pair have engaged in several compelling arm-wrestles in the Ashes through the years and another clash was the headline attraction on day two of the county championship division one fixture on Saturday.

In his first innings in two months, Stokes made a becalmed two off 16 balls before falling to a bowler who has dismissed him nine times in Tests, playing back to a delivery which gripped and turned to take his outside edge as Tom Bruce snaffled a low catch at second slip.

Lyon finished with 4-59, his best performance yet at his new county, while Tom Aspinwall claimed 5-41 for a maiden five-wicket haul to restrict Durham to 236, buttressed by David Bedingham's 101, in response to Lancashire's 357.

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Stokes did claim a wicket in his first over as Luke Wells miscued to Matthew Potts but bottom-of-the-table Lancashire closed on 2-91, with a 212-run lead as they chase a first win of the campaign.

Australian star of the day, though, was once again Dan Worrall, who took 6-22 for Surrey, including three wickets in five balls in the same maiden over to clean up the Worcestershire tail and set the champions on the road to what looks like another victory.

Fifties from Rory Burns, Jamie Smith, Dan Lawrence and Jordan Clark then helped Surrey seize a commanding 427-run lead at The Oval.

Worrall's haul restricted Worcestershire to 128 in reply to 213 before Surrey's batters got stuck in, with the efforts of Burns (70) and Smith (72) followed up by an unbroken 108-run stand between Lawrence (86no) and Clark (69no).

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