Barrow’s Liam Livingstone made 35 batting in his home county, as Lancashire closed on 275-5 against Durham on the first day of their first-ever County Championship match at Sedbergh School.

The home side were left in a relatively good position at the picturesque Cumbrian ground thanks to an unbeaten 67 from their captain Dan Vilas.

After being put in to bat by Durham, Lancashire, who went into this game one point behind Division Two leaders Glamorgan, suffered the early blow of having England international Keaton Jennings’ (11) stumps being rearranged by Chris Rushworth.

Fellow opener Alex Davies batted well for his 38, but he was caught by wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley off the bowling of Brydon Carse just after lunch.

This brought Livingstone to the crease, but he soon had a change of partner after Haseeb Hameed edged Ben Raine to Australia’s Cameron Bancroft at second slip to leave Lancashire on 81-3.

Livingstone did his best to steady the ship, as he added 60 alongside Rob Jones for the fourth wicket, although the partnership was interrupted when bad light forced an early tea. However, the 25-year-old perished when he was trapped LBW by Nathan Rimmington.

Jones went on to complete a patient half-century off 138 balls, but he was unable to build on this as he walked on 52 when he was caught leg before by Rushworth, who took 2-50 from 21 overs during the day.

By this point, Vilas was in the middle and the South African became the second home player to reach 50, doing so at a much quicker pace off 68 deliveries.

At the other end, Steven Croft will resume on 29 not out when play gets back under way.