Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Ease to Victory in Final Match

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Ease to Victory in Final Match

Article excerpt

Durham gatecrashed Warwickshire's end-of-season party to take second place in the totesport League Second Division with an easy eight-wicket win in a rain-affected game at Edgbaston.

Jimmy Maher and England batsman Paul Collingwood saw Durham to a revised target of 154 in 34 overs with 19 balls to spare with an effortless second-wicket partnership of 124.

But Durham's win did not stop Warwickshire clinching the final promotion place because Derbyshire, the only side who could deny them, were beaten by Somerset.

But the celebrations were muted for a surprisingly large crowd of 7,000, who came to see out the season and to pay tribute to Trevor Penney, John Inverarity and Nick Knight.

Penney, who has accepted a new job as Sri Lanka's assistant coach, was given a standing ovation when he returned to the pavilion having holed out to midwicket for 17 in his farewell innings after 18 seasons in county cricket.

Former Australia Test player Inverarity said goodbye to the crowd during the tea interval of his final match after three seasons as Warwickshire's director of coaching. …

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