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Championship Report: Warwickshire at Durham

Day 4: Close

Warwickshire have moved back to the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two table after recording a comfortable 86-run win over Durham at Emirates Riverside.

Jeetan Patel was the star man for his side in the second innings as he took the 32nd five-wicket haul of his career, ending with figures of 6-83.

Durham were left to rue batting collapses from their middle order to slump to their second defeat on the spin. The visitors got back to winning ways in the Championship after their defeat at Kent last week, clinching their fifth victory of the campaign to reclaim their place on the summit.

Warwickshire began the day with a lead of 279, and it was clear from the off that they were in a hurry to push on their total beyond 300. Keith Barker and Tim Ambrose were able to put on a partnership of 60 before Ryan Pringle broke the stand. The off-spinner claimed three wickets in a single over as Patel and Chris Wright were dismissed in back-to-back deliveries.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby played a loose drive to continue the procession of wickets before the visitors declared on 185-9, leaving Durham 313 to chase in their final innings. Warwickshire put the pressure on the home side early on as Cameron Steel knicked off to Ian Bell at third slip.

Tom Latham and Will Smith stabilised the innings, heading into the first break of the day one wicket down. The duo reached their fifty partnership after the restart, but soon lost Smith when he edged a short delivery from Hannon-Dalby through to Ambrose. Latham soon followed when he fell lbw to Patel, while Paul Collingwood fell in the same over edging behind.

Slight resistance came forward from Graham Clark and Gareth Harte, making the visitors work hard to earn a further breakthrough. However, Clark lost his discipline against Patel, playing a loose drive to become his third victim of the innings. Ryan Davies scored boundaries to try to put the pressure back on Warwickshire.

Ryan Sidebottom’s arrival into the attack produced the wicket of Harte as he picked out Dominic Sibley. The theme of the innings continued as one became two when Davies was out in the next over to Patel. Bell continued his fine performance in the field to remove Ryan Pringle, claiming a stunning catch at mid-wicket.

Patel notched his fifth wicket when Matt Salisbury departed for a hard-fought 19 when he edged behind to Ambrose. Wright should have ended the innings when Nathan Rimmington drove straight to Wright, only to be dropped while a run out attempt was missed by the bowler. Rimmington offered late fireworks, blasting his maiden fifty for Durham off 51 ball, including eight fours and a six.

Rimmington was the last man to fall when he was bowled by Patel to allow the visitors to secure the victory by a comfortable margin.

Day 3: Close

Warwickshire are in command of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash against Durham heading into the final day of action at Emirates Riverside.

The home side were unable to kick on from their promising start at the end of day two. Early wickets held back their progress, and although Gareth Harte and the lower order put forward a decent effort they were only able to put 297 on the board in reply to 424 as Oliver Hannon-Dalby finished with figures of 4-61.

Matt Salisbury troubled the Warwickshire batting line-up, claiming three wickets as Jon Lewis’ men pressed for a response. However, another composed knock of fifty from Jonathan Trott took the game away from Durham, with the visitors boasting a lead of 279 at the end of day three.
Durham endured a poor start to the third day losing Cameron Steel on 51 in the first over as he was caught behind. Will Smith made only two when he became the second victim of the day, knicking off from a rising delivery from Hannon-Dalby.

Paul Collingwood displayed a positive intent with a couple of early boundaries, but his underwhelming season continued when Hannon-Dalby pinned him lbw for nine. Graham Clark continued the Durham morning collapse when he edged an attempted sweep to Ian Bell at second slip off Jeetan Patel, while Ryan Davies followed in the same manner for a duck.

The home side were in need of a partnership to stem the tide. Harte and Ryan Pringle offered resistance until the brink of the tea break when Pringle became Hannon-Dalby’s fourth wicket of the innings, ending the stand of 48.

Nathan Rimmington came out with an attacking intent, scoring five boundaries in a partnership of 54 with Harte. However, his dismissal for 32 brought about a swift end to the Durham innings, falling just short of the 300-run mark as Chris Wright claimed the scalps of the Australian and Harte.

Warwickshire held a lead of 127 at the beginning of their second innings. Dominic Sibley made 18 before he became the first wicket to fall as Matt Salisbury found the edge. The Durham seamer continued his rich vein of form by removing Bell for only four as Collingwood made a good catch at second slip.

Rimmington kept the pressure on he produced a fine delivery to bowl Will Rhodes for nine. Trott as he did in the first innings brought a sense of calm to the crease. The 37-year-old combined with Adam Hose for a partnership of 64 for the fourth wicket to turn the momentum away from the north east outfit.

Durham tried to break back into the game as Hose departed lbw to Rushworth for 15. Trott survived a good shout for a catch at short leg off Pringle before he passed fifty once again, reaching the milestone in 70 balls.

However, Salisbury was able to remove the veteran as he glanced a leg-side drive straight to Clark. Tim Ambrose and Keith Barker saw their team through to the close on 152-2 with a formidable lead over the home side.

Day 2: Close

Durham have made a solid start to their innings after Warwickshire were bowled out for 424 on day two of their Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash at Emirates Riverside.

Warwickshire resumed the second session on 393-8, but after passing the 400-run mark, Oliver Hannon-Dalby fell for 13 edging a Chris Rushworth delivery to Tom Latham at first slip.

Ryan Sidebottom joined Trott at the crease and put in 19 runs for the final wicket before the tailender was pinned lbw by Nathan Rimmington for six, leaving the visitors all out for 424. Trott was unbeaten on 170 frustrating Durham to the end with his patience at the crease to put his team in a strong position.

Warwickshire’s opening bowlers Keith Barker and Chris Wright raced in with menace finding early movement. However, Cameron Steel and Tom Latham saw the home side through to the break without loss reaching their fifty partnership in the 21st over, although Tim Ambrose almost stumped Steel off Jeetan Patel.

Day One: Close

Jonathan Trott scored an unbeaten century to put Warwickshire in a strong position on 297-5 after the opening day of their day/night Specsavers County Championship Division Two match against Durham.

The 37-year-old displayed patience at the crease to score his second hundred of the season at Emirates Riverside after previously reaching three figures in Warwickshire’s Royal London One-Day Cup victory in the north east.

Matt Salisbury led the way for Durham with the ball, taking three wickets. However, it was a frustrating day in the field for the home side, who have plenty of work ahead of them to get back into the match.

Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bat first against the Dukes pink ball. Salisbury continued to impress at the top of the innings for the home side, notching the wicket of Will Rhodes after the opener edged to Tom Latham at the second slip.

Ian Bell came to the crease having made three centuries in his last four first-class innings. He scored three boundaries with relative ease, although he was out going for another drive to the fence, drilling his effort straight at Cameron Steel at backward point off Salisbury for 23.

Trott brought a sense of calm to the innings as he and Dominic Sibley ensured that there were no further dismissals before the first break. However, four deliveries after the restart Sibley was pinned lbw by Rushworth for 27, missing a straight delivery. Trott used his experience to frustrate the Durham bowlers, displaying patience and nous in his innings.

There were problems at the other end as Adam Hose survived an inside edge off Salisbury by millimetres. The bowler returned in the following over to remove Hose, who top edged a rising delivery and Ryan Davies did brilliantly racing back towards the fine leg boundary to make the catch.

Tim Ambrose survived an lbw appeal from Nathan Rimmington early in his innings. He provided assistance for Trott, who reached his fifty off 94 deliveries, surpassing the milestone with a nudge down to the third man boundary. Together the duo were able to manipulate the softening pink ball around the outfield to reach their fifty partnership.

As Durham’s bowlers began to wear down, Trott and Ambrose increased the intensity of the visitors’ innings. Their 100 partnership arrived 179 deliveries, while both batsmen closed in on landmarks at the crease. Ambrose reached his fifty first in 112 balls with a gentle nudge into the offside before the new ball.

Ambrose received another life as he edged a delivery just past his stumps before Trott notched his century. He caressed a full ball from Rushworth through the covers to score his 45th first-class hundred, reaching the milestone in 187 balls.

Ambrose was dropped by Collingwood off Rushworth on 67, but it proved not to be costly as the wicket-keeper clipped a leg glance to Gareth Harte, ending the 135-run partnership. Salisbury could have ended the day with a fourth scalp, only for Latham to drop Keith Barker at second slip, which allowed the visitors to end the day five

Troughton ready for a fresh test as Bears head to Durham

Warwickshire have no time to dust themselves down from their gruelling classic of a Specsavers County Championship match in Kent as they head straight up to Durham for a pink-ball match starting today (2pm).

Having come off the field at Tunbridge Wells just before 5pm on Saturday, the Bears had a pit-stop in Birmingham that night before heading up to the north-east yesterday.

It is a demanding piece of scheduling – exacerbated by the magnificent match at the Nevill Ground having gone pretty much the distance before the Bears finally succumbed by 73 runs despite amassing their record fourth-innings total.

Jim Troughton
It’s a tough schedule but it’s the same for everyone. [/quote] “County cricketers are used to travelling and adapting, whether it’s white ball to red ball or between formats.

“The good thing about the last day at Kent was that the guys were off their feet unless they were batting, but for us to compete over eight days championship cricket at opposite ends of the country we will have to look at the squad.

“We’ll look at the overs that bowlers have got under their belts. Ryan Sidebottom is fresh and we decided to give him the extra few days last week to be in a good position if selected to play with the pink ball at Durham.”

Warwickshire have travelled north with their lead at the top of Division Two cut to eight points but there were many positives to take from the epic clash with Kent.

“There were a lot of good performances with bat and ball,” Troughton said. “Ian Bell played superbly again and it was great to see Dominic Sibley get his first century for us, which was a really good knock and sends him up to Durham in good stead.

“Adam Hose batted very well too. He showed great patience as the bowlers kept coming in hard and I was hoping we could just get close enough to see some fireworks from him at the end. It wasn’t to be but the batsmen showed their skills and it’s great that all the top five are in good nick.

“Credit to Kent, they kept coming hard at us on the final day but we made them work for every single wicket and even on the first day when all the wickets were tumbling we didn’t give our wickets away – they had to get us out. It just so happens that the 70-off first-innings deficit was pretty much the deficit at the end of the game.”

When the Bears played their part in the grand opening of the Riverside

Three years after the county was granted first-class status, they unveiled their pristine new home – and the inaugural first-class opponents were Warwickshire.

For the home county it was the culmination of years of hard work, planning, ambition and anticipation. At last the day dawned – and Durham fans’ first experience of first-class cricket at their new home? Andy Moles and Nick Knight grinding out an opening stand of 172 in the bitter cold.

John Morris, a big mate of mine, was fielding at mid-wicket and I played the ball straight to him then was just scratching about in the crease when there as a big ‘clang’ – he’d thrown the ball in and it bounced off my helmet.

Andy Moles

Reigning champions Warwickshire spent the opening day accumulating 240 for two (“dismal,” reported the Wisden correspondent). Their work might not have amounted to rollicking entertainment but it led to a first-innings total of 424 (Moles 90, Knight 89, Roger Twose 51, Trevor Penney 48, Paul Smith 44) which led to victory by 11 runs which led to the retention of the title – the glorious, Allan Donald-led (89 wickets at 16.07 apiece) retention of the title.

There was not too much glory about that match at the Riverside, though, and no Donald either, due to injury, recalls Moles who had the honour of facing the first ball in first-class cricket at the venue.

“We had played a one-day match there a few weeks earlier and the pitch had been poor,” he said. “But this one was better and Nick and I both got in. It was bitter cold, not much fun for bowling or watching, and we both scored runs but then got out to poor shots when centuries were beckoning.

“They had a decent attack – Simon Brown, who was one of the most under-rated bowlers around, Melvyn Betts, fast but wild, and Manoj Prabakhar who had nearly come to the Bears the previous year.

“I remember we stayed at the Lumley Castle hotel overlooking the ground and were teasing each other because it was supposed to be haunted. But the biggest alarm I had came when I was batting and had about six or seven. John Morris, a big mate of mine, was fielding at mid-wicket and I played the ball straight to him then was just scratching about in the crease when there as a big ‘clang’ – he’d thrown the ball in and it bounced off my helmet.”

“There was no harm done though. I carried on and should have scored a century and John did score the first first-class century at Chester-le-Street next day.”

Morris’s ton could not prevent a Bears win though as, despite time lost to rain, they closed out victory on the fourth afternoon.

“There was some rain around so we were a bit up against it for time,” recalls Moles, now back home in Cape Town before travelling to Kabul on July 6 to resume work with the Afghanistan A squad in his role with that country’s coaching set-up. “But Dougie Brown came on and bowled a great spell to see us over the line. It was a good win and then AD came back into the team to bowl us to the championship.

“Allan was magnificent that season, bowling with real pace, game after game. He was exceptional. He had missed out on the ’94 championship win so was determined to make up for that and just gave everything. We loved him and I think we were all as pleased for him as for ourselves when we won the title again.”

Opposition Overview: Warwickshire vs Durham – Specsavers County Championship 2018

Durham Overview

Specsavers County Championship: Division 2 (2017 performance 9th)

Royal London One-Day Cup: North Group (2017 performance 5th)

Vitality Blast: North Group (2017 performance 9th)

Captain(s): Paul Collingwood (County Championship) Tom Latham (50 over captain) T20 TBC

Coach / Director of Cricket: Jon Lewis

Overseas Players: Aiden Markram (Four CC Matches), Tom Latham, Akshar Patel (last six CC matches)

Ins and Outs: Ins: Nathan Rimmington, Will Smith. Outs: Paul Coughlin, Keaton Jennings, Graham Onions

Man on a Mission

Cameron Steel – The 22-year-old enjoyed an impressive first season with Durham, with only Paul Collingwood scoring more first-class runs. His tally totalled 899 at an average just over 40, scoring two centuries and four fifties. The highlight of his 2017 campaign was an outstanding knock of 224 against Leicestershire – Steel’s highest career score.

The departure of Jennings has left a void in the batting line-up. It will be up to Steel to maintain the levels he displayed last season to ease the pressure on Collingwood.

One to Watch

Matthew Potts – Durham have a proud history of producing high-quality fast bowlers. The next one off the production line could well be Potts, who burst on to the scene last season. The 19-year-old played five matches, but took 14 wickets and had the knack of striking at crucial times.

His consistent line and length gave even the best of batsmen issues, with Potts notching the crucial scalp of Jacques Rudolph in Durham’s win over Glamorgan at the Riverside.

Injury curtailed his 2017 campaign, and also ruled him out of the ICC Under-19s World Cup, after he had been a regular in England’s team last summer. But should he return fit and firing, he will be a potent weapon in the four-day game.

Local Hero

Paul Collingwood – He remains the heartbeat of the club and continues to perform at a high level even as approaches the age of 42. Collingwood’s leadership was perhaps more vital than ever last term as Durham dealt with the repercussions of ECB sanctions. He ensured that they remained competitive in all formats, refusing to allow the standards to drop even when at times Durham were fighting a losing battle.

Collingwood surpassed the 1,000-run mark, scoring three centuries in his 14 first-class matches, while he was also just as impressive in the limited-overs formats. Durham must continue to rely on their skipper’s experience as he leads a youthful side in the 2018 campaign.

Prospects for 2018

After entering last season with points deductions in all three formats, Durham have a clean slate for the 2018 campaign. However, Jon Lewis and his team once again must deal with the loss of key players. The departure of Jennings, Onions and Coughlin stripped them of further quality so soon after Mark Stoneman and Scott Borthwick left the Emirates Riverside.

The signing of Markram will give the impetus in the batting line-up at the start of the campaign, with Latham on international duty with New Zealand. If Markram’s performances are of a similar calibre to those he produced against Australia in a series that will be remembered for very different reasons, Durham will be well placed for the return of Latham.

He was outstanding in his limited action last term and will carry the run-scoring burden. His experience in the 50-over format will ease the pressure on Collingwood. The Royal London One-Day Cup provides Durham with perhaps their best chance of success. They were Lord’s winners as recently as 2014 and were only denied a passage through to the knockout phase by that two-point deduction. The depth of all-rounders gives them an intriguing edge in the competition.

The 20-over format has not been a strong point for Durham other than their run to the final in 2016. They won three matches last term, finishing bottom of the North Group. So improvement will again be a priority.

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