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Day 3 of 4
Warwickshire win by 9 wickets

Warwicks vs Durham

Barker flattens dire Durham

Bears record first four-day win over opponents for six years

Keith Barker: celebrates one of his five second-innings wickets at Edgbaston

Ian Bell: Showed a glimpse of form after a barren winter for England...

Keith Barker claimed a maiden 10-wicket haul to help Warwickshire crush Division One rivals Durham inside three days at Edgbaston.

Barker - a former England youth international footballer - followed up his 5-33 in the first innings with 5-37 second time around, his efforts helping dismiss the visitors for just 139.

The left-arm seamer had actually started Friday at the crease, giving valuable support to century-maker Ian Bell (120) before he top edged a hook off Mitchell Claydon to wicketkeeper Phil Mustard.

Durham dismissed England international Bell shortly after but the last-wicket pairing of Jeetan Patel, who made 30 not out, and Chris Wright added a further 33 to take Warwickshire's first-innings lead to 104.

Those runs turned out to be crucial as the Bears ripped through their opponents with the new ball, Barker taking the first three wickets before Paul Collingwood was needlessly run out.

Dale Benkenstein (31) and skipper Mustard (45) put on 59 but once the latter departed the innings subsided in a hurry, the last five wickets going down for 22 runs in nine overs.

Left needing just 36 runs to clinch their first four-day victory over Durham in six years, Warwickshire raced over the line in a mere 7.4 overs. Varun Chopra was the only casualty, going hit wicket for a run-a-ball 22.

Day Two

England batsman Ian Bell completed an unbeaten century as Warwickshire edged into the lead against Durham on a truncated day's play.

Bell, resuming on 59 not out, moved his score onto 109 in the 22 overs available on day two at Edgbaston as the hosts reached 195-7 in reply to Durham's 163 all out.

It was the 39th first-class century of Bell's career and his 19th for Warwickshire but his first in 20 innings since he made his Test-best 235 against India at The Oval last August.

Bell had one early alarm, when he survived a confident lbw appeal from Mitchell Claydon after he had added two to his overnight total, but umpire Neil Bainton was not impressed.

Tim Ambrose (39) cut confidently and helped Bell add 87 in 25 overs for the sixth wicket before he fell to a fluky dismissal, the ball ricocheted off the left thigh of Ben Stokes, who had just been positioned at silly point, to Michael Di Venuto at slip.

Bell was on 98 at the time and Warwickshire also lost Rikki Clarke, lbw on the back foot to Ian Blackwell (2-45), before he completed his century in 198 balls.

The players departed for an early tea soon after and play was abandoned for the day at 5pm despite attempts by the groundstaff to mop up.

Day One

Ian Bell restored order with an unbeaten half-century as 15 wickets fell on the opening day's play of Warwickshire's LV= County Championship match with Durham.

The England batsman made only 134 runs in nine Test innings during the winter but struck 59 not out as Warwickshire struggled to 116-5 in reply to Durham's 163.

Bell gradually imposed himself after the hosts slipped to 14-4, steadying the ship with veteran Darren Maddy (35) in a stand of 85 before Maddy edged Graham Onions to Michael Di Venuto at second slip just before the close.

Onions impressed as he continues to push for a return to the England fold, picking up 3-27 from 12 overs.

Keith Barker was largely responsible for Durham's earlier downfall as he improved his best championship figures for a second time in 10 days.

After losing the toss, Durham succumbed as Barker took 5-33 with wickets at the top and bottom of the innings.

He trapped Paul Collingwood in front and had Ben Stokes - playing as a specialist batsman - caught behind for 35 before he returned to remove Phil Mustard and Scott Borthwick in quick succession as the visitors found themselves 99-7.

Fellow opening bowler Chris Wright played a supporting role, claiming 4-41, ending the innings by finally having Onions caught behind after the tailender put conditions into perspective with a confident 36.

Match Details

2nd - 5th May 2012
Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bowl.
N L Bainton and R A Kettleborough


Batsman R
Chopra hit wicket Thorp 22
Porterfield not out 9
Bell not out 4
Extras 1lb 1
Total 7.4 Overs 36 - 1
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Onions 3 0 13 0
Thorp 3 0 19 1
Borthwick 1 0 2 0
Smith 0.4 0 1 0
Full Bowling Card