Durham hunt down Bears
Onions burst sets up eight-wicket victory
Last Updated: 29/04/11 8:14pm
Onions: return to fitness and form
England seamer Graham Onions ran through Warwickshire's lower order to pave the way for Durham to complete an eight-wicket success over Warwickshire on the final day at Chester-le-Street.
Onions, making only his second appearance since missing 16 months after surgery on his back, claimed 4-28 as Warwickshire were dismissed for 137 in their second innings.
Resuming at 52-4 in the morning, only Tim Ambrose with 50 made any impression as Durham took regular wickets to leave themselves a target of 102 in just under two sessions.
Scott Borthwick followed his 4-25 haul - adding the scalp of Paul Best to his three victims the previous day - with an unbeaten 48 to see Durham home in the 11th over after tea.
Borthwick, opening in place of first-innings centurion Michael Di Venuto who has an injured leg muscle, was well supported by Gordon Muchall (30) in a second-wicket stand of 55.
Muchall fell with 19 still required but Ben Stokes (6no) joined Borthwick to finish the job.
Ian Blackwell hit a century for Durham on day three against Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street, with leg-spinner Scott Borthwick also chipping in with three late wickets.
Blackwell's hundred helped ensure maximum batting points and a lead of 36 for the home side, with their opponents then slipping to 52-4 in their second innings.
A high-scoring stalemate was looking likely until Durham brought on Borthwick with eight overs left and he trapped William Porterfield and Mohammad Yousuf lbw with his second and fifth deliveries before also claiming Ian Westwood (27).
Durham started the day needing 50 to avoid the follow-on, with Blackwell and Dale Benkenstein both showing caution before the introduction of debutant left-arm spinner Paul Best encouraged them to hit out.
The stand was worth 161, with Benkenstein bowled for 75 while Blackwell reached 125 before being run out. Durham were eventually all out for 465.
Warwickshire had 31 overs to bat after tea and lost Varun Chopra before Borthwick's arrival, which leaves them battling to avoid defeat on the final day.
Warwickshire's bowlers came on strong in the evening session to leave their LV County Championship fixture against Durham evenly balanced after two days at Chester-le-Street.
Opening batsman Michael Di Venuto hit 113 as the home side made good progress in reply to the Bears' first-innings effort of 429.
But the Australian left-hander tweaked a leg muscle when going for a single on 95 and, although he managed to complete his 58th first-class hundred with the aid of a runner, was then part of collapse that saw Durham reduced from 164-0 to 230-5 in the final 80 minutes.
Warwickshire seamer Chris Woakes started it all with the scalp of Will Smith (66) and his 2-62 haul took his season's tally in the Championship to 17 already.
Earlier in the day, the visitors picked up a full house of batting bonus points by extending their first innings from 345-7 to 429 all out.
Woakes was left stranded on 70 not out, while Durham paceman Ruel Brathwaite completed figures of 5-75 when he removed last man Boyd Rankin, who contributed 28 to a 10th-wicket stand of 80.
William Porterfield and Jim Troughton struck half-centuries before Durham hit back against Warwickshire at the Riverside.
Troughton won the toss and played a big part in guiding the visitors to 328-4 before the hosts pegged them back late in the day, leaving them on 345-7.
Paceman Ruel Brathwaite did the damage with the second new ball, removing Rikki Clarke (49), Tim Ambrose first ball and finally Troughton for 76 to finish with figures of 4-50.
Porterfield had earlier capitalised on being dropped on one by stand-in wicketkeeper Michael Richardson to make 87, sharing in a partnership of 131 with Troughton for the fourth wicket.
However, he came up 13 runs short of a century after being given out lbw to Scott Borthwick's googly.
Varun Chopra (23) and Ian Westwood (46) had laid the foundations for a big score with a 71-run stand, while Mohammad Yousuf was caught behind for 25 off Graham Onions when looking well set.