Friday 14 June 2013 

Durham v Warwickshire, LV= County Championship


Day 3

Chris Wright made an early breakthrough on the third morning, bowling Wood for three, but a final wicket partnership of forty two between Rushworh 13* and Richardson 55 was ended by Boyd Rankin to leave the Bears a target of 257 for victory.

Graham Onions took the important wicket of Chopra 18 and Porterfield followed in his next over without scoring and he then struck again as Troughton 13 followed as Warwickshire found batting as difficult second time around as in the first innings.

Ian Westwood 21 edged Wood to Mustard and after a fifty three run partnership for the fifth wicket, Stokes bowled both Ambrose 46 and Clarke 4 within three deliveries of each other.

Barker 13 fell to Smith and at 146-7 one hundred and eleven runs were still needed with just three wickets remaining.

The eighth wicket pair of Javid 44 and Patel 50 looked to be taking Warwickshire towards an unlikely victory with a partnership of seventy eight, but with just twenty four runs required Onions had Javid caught at slip by a diving Borthwick.

Patel then tried to hit Onions for six and Jennings took the catch and with the winning line edging ever nearer, Stokes trapped Rankin lbw in his crease and Durham completed an eleven run victory with over a day to spare with Onions taking five wickets.

Durham took 21 points and Warwickshire 4

Day 2

The start of play was delayed for 30 minutes and when Warwickshire resumed Chopra 35  and Porterfield 24 added twenty eight runs in nine overs before Rushworth removed them both within four overs

Tim Ambrose and Ateeq  Javid were bowled by Mark Wood while Ben Stokes removed both Jim Troughton and Rikki Clarke leaving Warwickshire teetering on 116-7 in the thirty third over when Jeetan Patel joined Keith Barker and together they added seventy two in nineteen overs, with Patel completing his half century before Barker 31 was lbw to a Rushworth shooter and Stokes wrapped up the tail bowling Patel for fifty three and Wright with the Bears dismissed for 209 in fifty seven overs, trailing by fifty eight.

When Durham began their second innings, Mark Stoneman was in aggressive mood and with Jennings posted a useful opening stand of forty nine before Patel had Jennings caught at slip by Clarke and in the next over Borthwick edged Rankin to Chopra at slip.

Smith was then well caught at short-leg by Westwood off Patel, while Barker’s accurate return ran out Stokes and as wickets continued to tumble, Clarke removed Collingwood and Mustard in the same over.

Whilst this was happening, Stoneman completed his half century but finally fell when bowled by Boyd Rankin for eighty three and just before the close, he repeated the dismissal when bowling Onions to leave Durham 152-8 at the close of day two leading by 210 with two second innings wickets in hand.

Day 1

Paul Collingwood won the toss and batted at Chester-le-Street but lost Mark Stoneman to the second delivery of the day when edging Keith Barker to Tim Ambrose without scoring.

Scott Borthwick  36, who made a century earlier in the season at Edgbaston, was next to go before lunch, when Jim Troughton took the catch off Rikki Clarke’s bowling and a third came when Keaton Jennings 33, mistimed a pull off Barker to Patel at fine-leg immediately after the interval.

Stokes and Smith then added sixty five runs in seventeen overs until Smith 45 edged Patel to Clarke at  slip and Patel followed up when Collingwood’s forward push was smartly taken by Chopra when the Durham skipper had made just one.

Another Chopra catch, this time at slip off Clarke’s bowling, saw Mustard depart without scoring and after completing a half century Stokes was bowled by Patel for sixty one.

Richardson, Wood and Onions all got into the twenties  before Clarke and Barker with the second new ball  wrapped up the Durham innings for 267 in the eighty seventh over. Barker took the final two wickets with consecutive deliveries.

Keith Barker took four wickets and there were three apiece for Clarke and Patel.

In the seven overs remaining before the close, Varun Chopra helped himself to four boundaries and a six to reach an unbeaten twenty four from twenty two deliveries, but with what was to be the final delivery of the day, Westwood was caught by Rushworth off Onions to leave Warwickshire 31-1 at the close, still trailing by 236 runs.

Play gets underway at 11am and live ball-by-ball commentary is available on BBC Radio WM and BBC radio Coventry & Warwickshire.

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