Warwickshire v Durham, LV= County Championship
Warwickshire completed a comprehensive victory over Durham with more than forty possible overs to spare thanks to an inspired spell of fast bowling from Chris Wright
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On the final day, Chris Wright’s opening burst virtually sealed Durham’s fate, with three wickets for just ten runs in the opening forty minutes. He had Stoneman caught behind by Ambrose in the third over of the morning and two overs later Smith edged him to Chopra at slip.
Benkenstein mistimed a pull and found Patel to give Wright his fourth wicket of the innings and when Barker joined in the action, trapping Stokes lbw Durham were 29-5.
Woakes then broke Collingwood’s resistance when Clarke took a catch at slip and after Borthwick threatened to repeat his first innings heroics, Wright returned and completed a five wicket haul when the young left-hander edged him to Ambrose for eighteen.
Wright then picked up a sixth wicket when Thorp followed, again to an Ambrose catch, for twelve, while Patel took his first wicket when Onions guided him into the gulley to Porterfield.
With defeat staring him in the face, Mustard who had resisted for two hours fell to an Evans catch off Woakes as Durham collapsed to 94 all out their lowest ever total against Warwickshire.
With a huge margin of victory, 318 runs, Warwickshire took 22 points from the match and Durham 5.
Warwickshire are back in action at Taunton against Somerset in their next match beginning at 11.05 a.m. on Thursday April 25th.
A flurry of wickets in the morning session reduced the Bears to 64-4 at one stage, before consecutive century partnerships for the fifth and sixth wickets helped Warwickshire close the day in a strong position needing nine more wickets on the final day for victory.
Earlier, Ian Westwood 11 was well caught by diving Mustard off Rushworth, before Porterfield 21, Chopra 24 and Evans 2 all lost their wickets for the addition of just two runs as Warwickshire tottered at 64-4 before a partnership of exactly one hundred between Troughton and Ambrose put the Bears back on track.
Jim Troughton 45 was lbw to Stokes, not offering a shot, before Tim Ambrose completed his century from one hundred and twenty six deliveries, whilst adding one hundred and nine with Rikki Clarke for the sixth wicket until falling lbw to Thorp.
With an overall lead of four hundred, Clarke 92 was stumped going for the big shots to reach his century, while Patel 1, quickly followed, as Troughton declared on 351-8 setting Durham a target of 413 for victory from a possible 101 overs.
Keith Barker was awarded his County Cap before the Bears went out in search of victory and in the five overs before the close, Chris Wright removed Keaton Jennings for a duck as Durham closed the third day on 11-1 .
Barker and Woakes took their partnership on to ninety two runs on the second morning until Barker edged Onions to Collingwood, who took a good catch at slip. Woakes completed his half century, but with a fourth batting point beckoning, Patel and Wright fell to Onions leaving Warwickshire five runs short of the target at 345 all out.
In their reply Durham lost Stoneman 0 and Smith 0 to Barker before a run was on the board, and when Wright had Benkenstein 5 caught by Ambrose, his third catch, Durham were 5-3.
Jennings 7 became a third victim for Barker after lunch and when Woakes bowled Stokes 33 and trapped Mustard 0 lbw, Durham were 50-6. Collingwood and Borthwick took the total on to 70-6 when rain forced an early tea interval.
If Durham struggled before tea, then afterwards they were like a different side, as Collingwood and Borthwick batted superbly to add one hundred and fifty three runs, a new record for Durham’s seventh wicket against Warwickshire, before Collingwood fell to Woakes for seventy four.
Thorp partnered Borthwick, adding fifty eight for the eighth wicket as Borthwick completed his first LV=CC century before he was taken at slip by Chopra off Clarke.
Onions fell to Patel and after a few lusty shots, the stand of the final pair of Rushworth and Thorp was finally brought to an end when Hannon-Dalby substituting for Jim Troughton returned the ball to Patel to run out Thorp for twenty seven.
Durham trailed by sixty one runs on first innings and there was time for just two overs in Warwickshire’s second innings, reaching six without loss at the close.
Varun Chopra and Ian Westwood made a steady start against the Durham new ball attack of Onions and Rushworth, before losing Chopra to a loose shot outside the off stump for eight, to a good catch at second slip by Borthwick off Onions with 37 on the board.
Rushworth trapped Westwood 28, lbw with a quicker ball but Troughton and Porterfield 27 posted a half century partnership until Porterfield’s attacking drive carried to a tumbling Smith at cover point off Rushworth.
Laurie Evans played some delightful drives on his way to an attacking 44 before edging Stokes to slip where Collingwood took a smart catch.
Meanwhile Jim Troughton was picking up boundaries with some strong shots off his legs, reaching his third first-class fifty of the summer as now partnered by Tim Ambrose the fifth wicket pairing brought a first batting point.
Ambrose 31 was unlucky when playing on off a bottom edge to Stokes and immediately, Rikki Clarke 1, top-edged an attempted cut off Smith, straight into Mustard’s gloves.
Warwickshire then lost Troughton for 84 to a mis-timed drive that looped to Benkenstein off Stokes as a third wicket fell for the addition of just three runs.
At 237-7 Keith Barker joined Chris Woakes and they batted through the remainder of the session, closing the day on 299-7 with Barker 39* and Woakes 19*.