County Championship: Durham make strong begin v Leicestershire after David Bedingham ton

Sean Dickson and David Bedingham celebrate

Sean Dickson (left) and David Bedingham brought Durham from 34-3 to 265-4
LV= County Championship Division Two, Riverside, Chester-le-Street (day one)
Durham 356-6: Bedingham 184*, Dickson 120; Barnes 3-85
Leicestershire: Yet to bat
Durham 4 pts, Leicestershire 2 pts

Centuries from David Bedingham and Sean Dickson gave Durham a solid start to their County Championship Division Two home opener against Leicestershire at the Riverside.

Durham won the toss on a bright morning at Chester-le-Street and opted to bat first, even without the services of Alex Lees due to a back injury.

Scott Borthwick’s men had been reduced to 34-3 after the visitors had got off to a flier, but Bedingham and Dickson staged a fightback with a brilliant partnership worth 231 for the fourth wicket.

Bedingham continued his imperious form from the 2021 campaign with a flawless hundred and was ably supported by Dickson, who replaced the injured Lees at the top of the order and scored his first Durham century in…