County Championship: Sean Dickson leads Durham run haul as Ben Stokes watches on

Ben Stokes

England captain Ben Stokes watched on from the balcony while Durham piled up the runs
LV= County Championship Division Two, New Road, Worcester (day one)
Durham 339-3: Dickson 104, Borthwick 80*, Bedingham 69*, Petersen 50; Barnard 2-66
Worcestershire: Yet to bat
Worcestershire 1 pts, Durham 3 pts

Durham opener Sean Dickson continued his prolific form with a third County Championship century of the season on the opening day against Worcestershire at New Road.

New England Test captain Ben Stokes watched on from the dressing room balcony as Dickson established a solid platform for his side, who reached stumps on 339-3.

The South African reached his century off 179 balls with one six and 14 fours as Durham took full advantage of a wicket offering little encouragement to the bowlers.

Stokes was due to bat at number six in his first appearance since his England role was confirmed last month, but was forced to sit with his pads on for much of the final session as Durham captain Scott…