JACK Haynes scored his maiden first-class century as he and Azhar Ali guided Worcestershire to a commendable draw with Durham in their County Championship clash at new Road on Sunday.

The Pears started the final day on 82/2 with Azhar and Haynes at the crease and they both withstood the pressure from the Durham attack to force a draw.

Haynes was unbeaten at the close with 120 runs under his belt, whilst Azhar fell just short of a century with 92 runs.

The Pakistan international batsman edged Chris Rushworth to second slip for the only wicket of the day.

Haynes remained unbeaten and after the game spoke of his "relief" at finally getting over the line.

"Very relieved as it has probably been a little longer than I would have liked but very happy to have done it," he said.

"A massive relief. I thought I had nicked it (century runs) straight to second slip to be honest so was a bit worried at first but then obviously pretty pleased when it went through.

"I was just waiting for the right ball and thought if I kept it on the ground I could get it away.

"I got a bit lucky with the shot but sometimes you need a bit of luck.

"I have found ways to get out last year in some interesting ways when close but delighted to get over the line today."

Durham had dominated much of the match after Ben Stokes' incredible record-breaking innings on day two when he hit 17 sixes in his T20 style 161 knock.

The visitors had already bowled Worcestershire out once but they could not break through Azhar and Haynes and even though Azhar did fall eventually, it was too little too late as far as they were concerned.

Haynes admitted the Durham attack was relentless but commended his partner for his contribution.

"They just keep coming at you," he added.

"They didn't let up, so it was a good test.

"Azhar was great, to have someone like him at the other end, he was great to bat with.

"I would have loved him to get three figures but it would be great to see him do it and I am sure a century is just around the corner for him.

"But overall, a great result, we're really chuffed about that."

Worcestershire took 12 points from the draw but remain in sixth position in the Division Two table.