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Peter Siddle has continued his fine form for county side Essex – and had the extra pleasure of dismissing his former Australia teammate Cameron Bancroft.

Siddle’s Essex fought back with the ball after collapsing to 182 all out against Durham as the returning crowds at the Riverside saw 16 wickets fall on day one of the County Championship clash on Thursday.

The Essex innings had looked in a strong place following Michael Pepper’s maiden first-class fifty but the loss of five wickets for just three runs appeared to give Durham the upper hand.

However, Essex came back strongly as their bowling trio of Siddle, Sam Cook and Jamie Porter all made inroads to leave Durham struggling on 6-58 at the close, still trailing by 124.

Siddle, who took 6-38 in his previous match against Warwickshire at Chelmsford last week, trapped Bancroft lbw after the opener had battled for 83 minutes to make a patient 20 on a difficult wicket.

Jack Burnham also fell victim to Siddle for two, as the 36-year-old veteran finished the day with figures of 2-15 off his nine overs.

Meanwhile at Leicester, Middlesex captain Peter Handscomb made 26 off 57 balls, with five fours, before his promising innings was ended when he was trapped lbw by Leicestershire’s Ed Barnes.

His side went on to finish the opening day on 7-260.

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