Durham eased their own relegation fears with an innings victory over fellow strugglers Surrey inside three days at Chester-le-Street.
Resuming on 69-5 in their second innings and still 112 behind, the visitors were unable to even force their opponents to bat again as they were bowled out for 143.
Any hopes they had of an unlikely turnaround on Thursday suffered an early blow when Tom Linley went for a duck before a run had been scored.
When opener Rory Burns, who had battled hard to make 39 from 130 deliveries, became the seventh wicket to fall before the total had reached three figures, Surrey must've known the game was up.
Callum Thorp had Martin Spriegel caught for 17 to make it 114-8 and although Gareth Batty delayed the inevitable with 22, Durham managed to wrap up a comprehensive victory before lunch.
Leg-spinner Scott Borthwick took the final two wickets, clinching his side a crucial 22-point haul that lifts them above Surrey and into sixth place in the Division One table.
Durham continued their revival under new captain Paul Collingwood as they put themselves in a strong position at the halfway stage of their clash with fellow strugglers Surrey.
The visitors closed the second day at Chester-le-Street on 69-5 in their second innings, still 112 behind, and are in danger of emerging from a crucial Division One match without a point.
They have already gained three bowling points for dismissing Durham for 310, though they could yet be lost because their over-rate reads minus three.
They may not get an opportunity to do anything about it either, with Ben stokes following up his four-wicket haul in the first innings with a further two scalps second time around, leaving Surrey in a battle to avoid an innings defeat.
Collingwood (78) and Dale Benkenstein (69) had earlier both made their best score of the season for Durham, combining in a fifth-wicket stand of 132.
Former skipper Phil Mustard chipped in with 46 as Durham gained three batting points after totalling only two in the five previous home matches.
Four wickets from Ben Stokes helped Durham bowl visitors Surrey out for 129 on day one of their LV= County Championship game.
In his 10.3 overs Stokes conceded just 40 runs and took the second and last wickets of the day.
Durham’s batsmen struggled early in their reply as openers Mark Stoneman and Will Smith were dismissed with just 37 runs scored.
Stokes himself was out for just 6 runs as Durham lost their first four wickets for 58.
But, Dale Benkenstein and Paul Collingwood steadied innings with a 51 run partnership to leave Durham 10 runs behind at the close of day one.
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