Rugby picture slideshow: Durham 29 Lancashire 40

DURHAM’S return to the top tier of county rugby ended in disappointment when they were beaten 40-29 by Lancashire.

Their defeat at the Friarage is not the end of the line – the men in maroon have a home date with Cheshire this Satuirday at Gateshead.

BILLY BEAUMONT CUP: Durham (maroon) v Lancashire at the Friarage. Picture by FRANK REID

BILLY BEAUMONT CUP: Durham (maroon) v Lancashire at the Friarage. Picture by FRANK REID