Wednesday 16 July 2014 

Durham v Warwickshire, LV= County Championship


A superb all-round team performance brought Warwickshire 17 wickets on the third day against Durham to send the home side crashing to an innings and 188 run defeat with Barker taking eight wickets in the match and Patel six.

Day 3

With Chris Wright unable to take the field due to a sore back, Warwickshire took 17 wickets in the day to send Durham crashing to a huge innings and 188 run defeat as some superb bowling and catching from the Bears’ bowlers and fielders totally dominated the home side.

Keith Barker’s six first innings wickets came as he moved the ball around both ways and totally bemused the Durham batsmen either side of lunch.

Only Hastings 51 offered any resistance as Durham were dismissed for just 171 and asked to follow-on 301 runs behind.

Barker again, gave the Bears a terrific start as Durham set about restoring some credibility to their second innings, as he dismissed both Stoneman and Borthwick without scoring to Porterfield slip catches.

Richardson and Jennings then took the home side to tea without further loss on 55-2 but once Richardson 30 had turned Patel into Hain’s hands at short-leg, the wickets began to crash again with seven falling for the addition of just sixteen runs as Patel 5-49 and Rankin 3-16, ran amuck to leave Durham in total disarray as they collapsed to 113 all out in under forty nine overs.

It was a tremendous team performance in all departments of their game and puts Warwickshire firmly back into the Championship title race after taking a maximum of 24 points for the first time in over three years.

Day 2

There was an early setback on the second morning for Warwickshire when Tim Ambrose left a delivery from Hastings only to see it nip back and take his off stump for four. However, after a torrid 30 minutes against the old ball, Hain and Clarke settled to post a partnership of 101 before lunch with both men completing half-centuries until Clarke feathered a catch to Phil Mustard to give Hastings his first five wicket haul in an innings for Durham.

At lunch Warwickshire had added 125 run in the session and after the break, Barker 15 and Patel 32 gave Hain good support as the fifth batting point was secured for the first time this season. Hain looked to be running out of partners when Patel departed, leaving just the wicket of last man Boyd Rankin to support him while he looked to score the nineteen runs he still needed for his century.

Rankin stayed for nine overs and during that time, Hain went on to complete his second Championship century of the season, finishing unbeaten on 109 as the innings closed on 472; the highest total Warwickshire have made away to Durham.

With interruptions for bad light and rain the balance of the day was reduced by 18 overs but there was sufficient time for Chris Wright to get the wicket of Stoneman, caught low down by Tim Ambrose off an inside edge and then for Keith Barker to bowl Jennings and then have Richardson caught by Rikki Clarke at second slip before Durham closed the day on 62-3 still trailing by 410 runs.

Day 1

After rain prevented any play before lunch on the opening morning, Durham won the toss and put Warwickshire into bat with Ian Westwood returning to the Bears’ side after recovering from a broken finger.

Varun Chopra and Westwood made good progress against the new ball attack of Onions and Rushworth before Chopra inside edged an attempted cut off Hastings back into his stumps for twenty one.

William Porterfield and Westwood then added fifty seven runs for the second wicket until Westwood 40, was caught at second slip by Gordon Muchall off Paul Collingwood.

This brought Jonathan Trott in to partner Porterfield and together they added one hundred and thirty one for the third wicket, with both men completing their half-centuries and passing the two hundred total, before Scott Borthwick’s long-hop was top edged as Porterfield tried to pull it for four  and Phil Mustard took an easy catch, with Porterfield making ninety.

Trott 76, followed with just three overs remaining in the day, when Hastings’ first ball of a new spell was well taken in the gulley by Muchall and off the final delivery of the day, night-watchman Chris Wright was bowled by Hastings for four, with Warwickshire closing the day on 256-5.

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