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Report: Durham v Warwickshire, LV= Insurance County Championship

Day Three

Durham delivered an emphatic victory over Warwickshire by an innings and 127 runs at Emirates Riverside to notch their first win of the LV= Insurance County Championship season.

The home side added 104 runs to their overnight total of 287 before declaring, leaving Warwickshire with an uphill challenge to force them to return to the crease. Durham were on the mark with the ball from the off and Chris Rushworth claimed his 500th wicket in the County Championship.

However, it was the pace of Brydon Carse that proved to be the decisive factor for the hosts, claiming figures of five for 49 to bowl out the visitors for 177. Durham secured their first first-class win in 11 matches, taking 21 points from the contest to move temporarily into second place in Group One. 

Resuming on 287 for four, Alex Lees added three runs to his overnight score of 126 before he edged a Liam Norwell delivery behind. Michael Burgess fumbled the initial catch before Tim Bresnan ended the opener’s 498-minute knock on the rebound at first slip. 

Ned Eckersley, Stuart Poynter and Ben Raine followed Lees back to the pavilion as the home side attempted to inject pace into the innings. Carse and Mark Wood pressed Durham’s lead over 300 with a stand worth fifty for the ninth wicket. Once Wood fell Scott Borthwick declared to allow his team to have a burst at the visitors before lunch. 

Wood made the breakthrough before the interval from the Finchale End as Will Rhodes edged to David Bedingham at first slip. Hanuma Vihari then became the 500th victim of Rushworth in the County Championship when he was pinned lbw for a second-ball duck, leaving the visitors in trouble at eight for two.

Robert Yates and Sam Hain displayed grit amid impressive bowling from the hosts. The two players put on fifty for the third wicket, but a ball later Yates fended a Rushworth delivery into the hands of Borthwick. 

Wood and Carse were unleashed on the new man Matthew Lamb, roughing up the right-hander with rapid pace bowling. Lamb survived the initial onslaught, but Hain received a snorting ball from Carse on the stroke of tea that found his outside edge, which was snagged by Bedingham. 

Carse remained a threat at the Lumley End and notched a deserved second wicket, removing Lamb’s off stump for 19. Burgess dug in alongside Bresnan, but the wicket-keeper played a loose drive to give away his wicket prompting a lower-order collapse.

Smelling blood in the water Borthwick reintroduced Carse from the Finchale End. Carse’s pace blew away the Warwickshire tail as Briggs chipped a tame drive straight into the hands of Alex Lees before he clean bowled Craig Miles and Norwell with successive deliveries. 

Oliver Hannon-Dalby survived the hat-trick ball, but he was the last man out to Rushworth, who completed a fine performance from the home side with his third wicket of the innings.

Day Two

Centuries from Will Young and Alex Lees compounded Durham’s advantage over Warwickshire in their LV= Insurance County Championship clash, building a 200-run lead after day two at Emirates Riverside. 

Young and Lees continued their impressive form from the previous evening, preventing the visitors from mounting a comeback in the morning session. Young was the first to three figures, scoring his maiden century for Durham. The New Zealander enjoyed a stand of 208 with Lees for the first wicket that was broken by Liam Norwell. 

Lees remained composed at the other end on his way to his 17th first-class century and first of the term. He remained unbeaten at the close with the home side in a dominant position on 287 for four, heading into day three looking to engineer their first win of the season. 

Resuming on 88 for nought, Norwell could have removed Young without adding to his overnight score, but he failed to take a difficult return catch on the dive. Young made the most of his reprieve, passing fifty for the first time of the season from 150 balls with a drive down the ground. The Durham openers strengthened their side’s grip by posting their first stand of over a hundred this season. Lees then joined his partner in reaching his half-century, continuing his solid start to the term.

After passing fifty both openers began to up the ante. Lees dispatched Danny Briggs for back-to-back boundaries over long-on, taking the stand beyond 150 before Young cleared the fence over cow corner off the left-arm spinner. Successive boundaries off Tim Bresnan took the New Zealand international to 99 before he posted his 11th first-class hundred from 248 deliveries.

The Durham openers had put in 208 for the first wicket, their highest opening stand against Warwickshire before Norwell finally earned the breakthrough for the visitors. The right-arm seamer ended Young’s innings, pinning the New Zealander on the crease lbw for an impressive 124. 

Lees continued to grind his way towards his first century of the season, nurdling a single into the leg-side to get over line from 283 balls. At the other end wickets began to tumble as Scott Borthwick and David Bedingham were both removed by deliveries that kept low before Jack Burnham was dismissed for one by Briggs, earning the visitors their first point of the game. 

Rain halted play just before the tea break and wiped out over two hours. The action resumed with Lees and Ned Eckersley steering Durham to the close four wickets down with an imperious advantage over the Midlands outfit. 

Day One

Ben Raine and Mark Wood provided Durham with the perfect start to their LV= Insurance County Championship clash against Warwickshire at Emirates Riverside, bowling out the visitors for 87.

Raine was outstanding, claiming figures of five for nine, while Wood provided support with his pace with three wickets for 28. Warwickshire were rocked by the home side and were at one stage 30 for eight. 

The tail wagged courtesy of Craig Miles and Liam Norwell, but the visitors produced their lowest total since 2015. Durham poured on the agony for the Midlands outfit surpassing their first-innings score without loss, ending day one with a lead of one.

Rain delayed the start of the contest, but once it had subsided Durham won the toss and elected to bowl. Wood took the new ball and needed only seven deliveries to find his rhythm, clipping the top of Robert Yates’ off-stump. After three overs, Wood was withdrawn from the attack, but Raine ensured the potency remained. With his first ball, Raine had a great shout for lbw against Hanuma Vihari denied. 

Undeterred, Raine responded in his next over and this time did get lbw decision, removing Vihari for eight. The right-arm seamer snagged opener Will Rhodes in the same manner as the left-hander played across the line at a straight delivery. 

Wood returned from the Lumley End before lunch, dismissing Matthew Lamb with a spearing strike to clip off stump, reducing Warwickshire to 22 for four. Raine tormented the middle order after the break. Sam Hain left a straight ball before Matthew Burgess was skittled by the former Leicestershire man.

Danny Briggs was the next victim of the Durham attack, Wood’s pace was too much for the tailender to handle chipping the ball straight up to Chris Rushworth at mid-on. Raine then notched his fifth wicket by clean bowling Tim Bresnan, leaving the visitors staring down the barrel at 30 for eight. However, Miles and Norwell provided valuable resistance to stem the tide. They put on a partnership of 52 for the ninth wicket before Brydon Carse wrapped up the tail with two late strikes.

Alex Lees and Will Young adopted a patient approach in the early stages of Durham’s reply. After seeing off the threat of the new ball, the duo put on their first fifty partnership of the season, reaching the milestone from 120 balls. The openers remained unbeaten at the close, with their side in command after the first day of the contest.

Preview: Durham v Warwickshire, LV= Insurance County Championship

Warwickshire will visit Durham in the LV= Insurance County Championship striving to build on the “really good vibe” around the Club after two brilliant performances.

The Bears sit 12 points clear at the top of Group 1 after superb last-day run chases secured victories over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge and Essex at Edgbaston.

The win in Nottingham was hugely impressive, yet was bettered by the victory over champions Essex which arrived at the end of a pulsating contest in which Will Rhodes’s side stood toe-to-toe with the best team in county cricket.

So many players contributed for the Bears. Craig Miles, Olly Hannon-Dalby and Olly Stone shared 18 wickets. Some excellent catches were taken, notably by Rhodes and Sam Hain. Danny Briggs, Matt Lamb, Tim Bresnan and Miles scored vital runs in the first innings. And then came the final-day chase, immaculately led by Rob Yates with classy support from Hanuma Vihari and Hain.

It was a great team performance which left the Bears players and supporters buzzing – and that’s a feeling the skipper wants to cultivate.

“In the changing room after the game at Trent Bridge, Tim Bresnan said to us all; ‘how good does this feel? You have to remember these feelings’,” said Rhodes.

“It was the same after the Essex last game Sunday – there was a really good vibe in there.

“We have played some very good cricket in the last two games, but now we face a very tough game at Durham. They are a good team who have recruited really well in the last couple of years. We will see what the pitch is like and might have to rethink our strategy to see how we are going to try to win up there.

“We will travel north with a lot of confidence after the last two games. Now the challenge for us is to keep hitting those standards. We have just got to be hard to beat. To make it three wins out of three would be pretty special so the lads have been back in training working really hard to be as prepared as we can be for Durham.”

England fast bowler Stone will be rested at the Riverside but Dan Mousley, Liam Norwell and Henry Brookes come into the squad.

Early season indications are that the bowlers will have their work cut out at Chester-le-Street. The newly relaid square has so far offered up slow pitches enjoyed by the batsmen, most recently Durham’s South African recruit David Bedingham who batted just short of ten hours and scored 310 for once out against Derbyshire there last week.


Rhodes (c), Bresnan, Briggs, H Brookes, Burgess (wk), Hannon-Dalby, Hain, Lamb, Miles, Mousley, Nowell, Vihari, Yates.

How to follow

Warwickshire Members and supporters will be able to watch the action via the Durham live stream, which will include replays and commentary from BBC WM and BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

All action will be live streamed through the Match Centre on and through the Edgbaston app (available on iOS and Android).

Supporters can also keep up to date with the scores and in-play clips through the Match Centre on Please note, there will be no updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from 15:00 BST on Friday 30 April to 23:59 BST on Monday 3 May.

Please note that Warwickshire’s visit to Emirates Riverside for the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Durham (29 April – 1 May) will be played behind closed doors due to the latest Government guidelines.

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Championship Rewind: Durham v Warwickshire, 2015

One of the joys of cricket is that it brings together in one team players from all over the world.

Warwickshire’s greatest ever pair of opening bowlers was born in Bloemfontein and Barbados respectively. The Bears’ greatest ever opening batting pair hailed from Harborne and The Himalayas.

And in July 2015, in a county championship thriller at Chester-le-Street, Warwickshire were seen over the line by chaps born in Wellington (New Zealand) and Stourbridge (West Midlands).

Every now and then the championship throws up an absolute gem of a game – a contest that ebbs and flow throughout, then culminates in a cracking finish on the final day. Warwickshire’s visit to Durham in 2015 was such a match.

When a side trails by more than 100 runs on first innings, it’s always a good game to win. To the delight of the travelling Bears fans up in the north east, win the Bears did as Jeetan Patel and Tom Milnes displayed the nerve and skills needed to see them over the line by two wickets.

When, on the opening day, Durham raced to 184 for one, the Bears were up against it. They reeled the home side back in, so that the final total was only 314 (Rikki Clarke taking a big-hearted five for 62) but that still looked an imposing score for the home side when the Bears were bowled out for 198 (Sam Hain 57, Tim Ambrose 41).

Chris Woakes then yanked the Bears spectacularly back into the match with a brilliant new ball burst which reduced Durham to nine for four. Clarke again bowled superbly for 16-6-19-3 to complete match figures of 37.2-13-81-8, Patel, Milnes and Olly Hannon-Dalby chipped in with valuable wickets and Durham were bowled out for 148.

265 to win. Game on.

On a pitch which remained awkward for batting, the home side was still warm favourites, but the Bears collectively dug in. Important contributions came from Laurie Evans  (70), Ian Westwood (36), Clarke (28) and Ambrose (25).

At 227 for eight, however, the elegant outline of Lumley Castle just visible up on hill through the shimmering haze, it was still anybody’s game.

Patel and Milnes needed to find 38. They found them.

Chris Rushworth and Graham Onions charged in but Patel (24 not out, 36 balls) and Milnes (14 not out, 24 balls) added 38 in 50 balls to seal a wonderful win for Varun Chopra’s side.

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