First Team Coach Mark Robinson was pleased with his side's effort after the Bears pushed to secure a late victory over Durham.

Scenting victory on the final day as the newly-promoted side, following on, resumed on 12 for two, still 169 behind, the Bears were frustrated, but never wavered, pushing for a win in cold, blustery conditions.

“We’ve had a good four days,” said Robinson. “You’re disappointed because you haven’t won, but we worked hard up until half past four when we took that second new ball.

“Were hoping the spinners could get a bit of bite, get through them and maybe slog a 100 at the end, but credit to Durham for their rearguard action. We pushed to the end, but it wasn’t to be.”

Using a heavy dose of spin, Warwickshire were unable to call on the experience of Chris Rushworth who picked up a knock, but there’s good news as Hassan Ali has arrived and is already preparing for Friday.

“Hass has bounced in, but he’s already moaning how cold it is,” joked the 57-year-old. “He’s under cooked, as he’s been in an army camp after the PSL, but he’s working with Barnesy (Stuart Barnes) and will be available for Hampshire.

“With Rushy we’ll play it by ear and wait for a few results from the medical team. It doesn’t seem to serious so we’re hopeful we’ll have him.”