MCC 282 and 48 for 2 need a serve 176 runs to kick Durham 248 and 257 (Stoneman 115, Gurney 3-50)
Mark Stoneman’s century helped set a contrast aim for MCC and a final day of some amour awaits in a desert.
With a initial century of a new English season, Stoneman led Durham’s bid to post a rival second-innings measure though he found small support.
The top mount was usually 60 for a fifth wicket and detached from Gordon Muchall’s half-century a subsequent top measure was usually 15.
MCC nibbled divided with wickets for all though Samit Patel of a 6 bowlers used. Kyle Hogg private Keaton Jennings for a steep and Scott Borthwick to emanate some early pressure, after that his colleagues gave small away.
Harry Gurney pennyless a usually mount of note, a second of his 3 wickets, and Andre Adams went for usually 18 in his 8.5 overs, and took dual wickets, including Stoneman after his 172-ball stay.
Durham should feel they have a defendable score. 224 on a final day wicket will take really clever traffic and MCC are already shorn of both openers who fell low before a close.