RISING batting star Michael Jones yesterday batted himself into the record books with a superb century for Scotlandís second string.
 
The Lancashire Academy youngster posted 173no as the Scots took charge of their three-day clash with Durham 2nd XI at Chester-le-Street.
 
His effort equalled the second highest individual score in a Scotland non-cap game, matching Michael Leaskís total against Yorkshire three years ago.
 
Jones looked on course to beat Ken Scottís 203 against Durham University in 1984 until skipper Kyle Coetzer declared Scotlandís first innings on 370-8.
 
Opening the batting, Jonesí marathon effort lasted more than five hours during which he faced 230 balls, hitting twenty-two fours and three sixes.
 
He had fine support from former Durham all-rounder Dylan Budge who contributed 67 to a crucial fifth-wicket stand of 126.
 
Having established a first innings lead of 85, the Scots quickly pressed home their advantage by capturing early wickets and the hosts closed on 123-6 Ė a lead of just 38 going into the final day.
 

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Durham County 2nd XI Vs Scotland A
2-Innings Match Played At Emirates Durham ICG, 19-Apr-2017, Three Day Match
Toss won by Durham County 2nd XI
Umpires J Middlebrook - P Prince
Scorers G Maddison - J Metcalfe
Home Side Durham County 2nd XI
Comment 3-day match
Durham County 2nd XI 16 players Scotland A 12 players a side (11 to bat and field)
Day 1: Scotland A 139-4 (M Jones 56*, DE Budge 20*, 30 ov.)
Durham County 2nd XI 1st Innings 285/10 All Out (Overs 71.3)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
C Steel c KJ Coetzer b AC Evans 0 2 5 0 0
RL Greenwell lbw b MRJ Watt 43 71 55 10 0
G Clark lbw b A Neill 106 159 124 11 4
MJ Richardson c KJ Coetzer b MRJ Watt 51 74 67 7 1
AJ Hickey lbw b TB Sole 26 101 71 3 0
WJ Weighell* c MM English b TB Sole 27 48 39 2 2
L Trevaskis c HG Munsey b TB Sole 0 8 9 0 0
SS Hunt+ c HG Carnegie b SJ Cameron 1 16 12 0 0
M Potts lbw b SJ Cameron 0 1 1 0 0
J Couglin c sub b MRJ Watt 15 15 22 1 0
GHI Harding not out   5 27 24 1 0
extras   (b5 lb2 w2 nb2) 11        
TOTAL   10 wickets for 285        
FOW
1-0(C Steel) 2-100(RL Greenwell) 3-187(MJ Richardson) 4-207(G Clark)
5-256(WJ Weighell) 6-256(L Trevaskis) 7-261(SS Hunt) 8-261(M Potts)
9-263(AJ Hickey) 10-285(J Couglin)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
AC Evans 15 2 80 1 - -
A Neill 10 1 48 1 1 -
SM Sharif 9 0 37 0 - 2
SJ Cameron 9 2 36 2 1 -
MRJ Watt 13.3 4 32 3 - -
TB Sole 14 2 45 3 - -
KJ Coetzer 1 1 0 0 - -
Scotland A 1st Innings 370/8 Declared (Overs 90)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
KJ Coetzer* c MJ Richardson b J Couglin 14 14 12 2 1
M Jones not out   173 312 230 22 3
MM English   b J Couglin 4 20 21 0 0
HG Munsey c G Clark b M Potts 11 8 10 2 0
MRJ Watt c MJ Richardson b J Couglin 18 41 40 0 2
DE Budge c SS Hunt b S Tindale 67 101 95 6 2
TB Sole c L Trevaskis b L Mulley 33 47 49 6 0
SM Sharif lbw b L Trevaskis 3 10 11 0 0
AC Evans c SS Hunt b GHI Harding 14 52 60 2 0
SJ Cameron not out   2 10 15 0 0
HG Carnegie+ dnb            
extras   (b10 lb12 w1 nb8) 31        
TOTAL   8 wickets for 370        
FOW
1-25(KJ Coetzer) 2-45(MM English) 3-56(HG Munsey) 4-105(MRJ Watt) 5-231(DE Budge)
6-286(TB Sole) 7-293(SM Sharif) 8-356(AC Evans)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
WJ Weighell 17 2 93 0 - 4
J Couglin 13 0 75 3 - 2
M Potts 13 3 34 1 - -
GHI Harding 21 3 42 1 - -
C Steel 2 0 14 0 - 2
S Tindale 6 1 28 1 - -
L Trevaskis 14 2 42 1 - -
L Mulley 4 0 20 1 - -
Durham County 2nd XI 2nd Innings 123/6 Closed (Overs 48.1)
Batsman Fieldsman Bowler Runs Min Bls 4s 6s
J Ormandy c KJ Coetzer b AC Evans 0 9 8 0 0
RL Greenwell   b A Neill 4 7 6 1 0
AJ Hickey lbw b TB Sole 69 174 129 4 2
M Potts c DE Budge b A Neill 5 13 16 1 0
L Trevaskis c KJ Coetzer b TB Sole 16 41 43 1 0
S Steel lbw b MRJ Watt 5 30 25 0 0
WJ Weighell* not out   15 83 63 0 0
extras   (b3 lb6 w0 nb0) 9        
TOTAL   6 wickets for 123        
FOW
1-4(RL Greenwell) 2-4(J Ormandy) 3-11(M Potts) 4-34(L Trevaskis) 5-45(S Steel)
6-123(AJ Hickey)
Bowler Overs Maid Runs Wkts wd nb
AC Evans 10 3 26 1 - -
A Neill 10 4 14 2 - -
SM Sharif 7 2 11 0 - -
TB Sole 14.1 2 32 2 - -
MRJ Watt 3 2 1 1 - -
SJ Cameron 4 0 30 0 - -