Monty Panesar took five wickets and Kyle Hogg four as MCC came out on top after the opening day's play in their Champion County clash with Durham under lights at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Close - Day one
Durham 248 all out (Jennings 64, Borthwick 50; Panesar 5/63 , Hogg 4/35)
Engand left-arm spinner Panesar led the MCC attack, collecting the crucial wickets of half-centurions Keaton Jennings and Scott Borthwick after the county champions had recovered from 2/1 to a strong position at 84/1.
Lancashire's Kyle Hogg then chipped in with the scalps of Michael Richardson and wicket-keeper Phil Mustard however, as Durham lost wickets steadily throughout.
And by the time Panesar dismissed Gordon Muchall and Paul Coughlin within the space of three balls and Hogg pricked up Usman Arshad LBW for 34 and Ryan Buckley for nought two balls later, MCC could consider themselves well on top.
MCC captain Virender Sehwag had earlier lost the toss and been asked to field, but Durham skipper Mark Stoneman soon departed in the second over to left-arm quick Harry Gurney's first ball.
Borthwick and Jennings rebuilt the innings well though, with the former displaying particular fleuency in hitting 11 fours in a score of 50.
It was slow going for Durham all day however, as MCC's strong attack kept things tight, and Jenning's top score of 64 was painstakingly compiled from 177 balls, as the spin trio of Panesar, Ollie Rayner and Samit Patel successfully applied the brakes.
And Panesar's fifth wicket, that of Chris Rushworth who made a useful 29 in a last wicket stand of 41 with Jamie Harrison, ensured MCC's batsmen will set about building a match-winning score on the second morning.
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