Cricket correspondent, Oli Lathrope, reports from Edgbaston where Warwickshire suffered their first defeat of this year’s One Day Cup campaign, losing by 72 runs to Durham.
A wonderful innings of 139 from Keaton Jennings inspired Durham to 2 73 run win over Warwickshire on bank holiday Monday at Edgbaston today. Due to overnight rain the match was reduced to 39 overs a side, however this did not affect the England opener, looking to prove his international credentials, who was in fine form as he helped Durham reach 313-5 off their 39 overs.
Warwickshire never really looked like chasing down the imposing target after falling to 43-3, despite the best efforts of Jonathan Trott who scored 92. James Weighell took 5-57 and Mark Wood buoyed by his call up to the England One Day Squad for the Champions trophy was also impressive and took 2-34 as Durham complemented a fine batting innings with an impressive bowling performance.
After being put into bat by Ian Bell, the Durham openers quickly went about their business amassing 129 off just 19 overs before South African international Stephen Cook fell for an excellent 60. Jennings pressed on bringing up his hundred in the 26th over with a classy and clinical knock. He was ably supported Michael Richardson who added 49 as the two drove home Durham’s advantage.
Both eventually fell to Thomason who was the pick of the Warwickshire bowlers with 4-64 however Durham still amassed a huge 313, that looked a tall order to chase.
Warwickshire knew a good start was required but were almost immediately on the back foot when Rushworth removed William Porterfield in the opening over. Things got worse for the Bears when Hain and Bell were both out leaving them 43-3. Tim Ambrose and Jonathan Trott rebuilt with a partnership of 79 but when Ambrose fell to Weighell, the Bears were once again in trouble.
Trott pressed on and some big hits from Rikki Clarke and Aaron Thomason meant Warwickshire remained in with a slight chance, though when Thomason and Trott both fell within the space of three overs the game was pretty much over. Durham eventually wrapping up the win when Oliver Hannon Dalby was caught by Jennings off the bowling Paul Coughlin with the Bears all out for 241.
Re-live the game over-by-over by checking out Burn FM Sport’s Live Blog from Edgbaston: http://burnfm.com/sport/live-blog-warwickshire-vs-durham-royal-london-one-day-cup/