Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pace Ace Stars in Durham Fightback

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pace Ace Stars in Durham Fightback

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DURHAM hit back with three late wickets against Warwickshire after the visitors had made a strong start at the Emirates ICG.

Each of the three scalps were claimed by promising paceman Ruel Brathwaite, following up his five-wicket haul against Sussex on Saturday, to leave the visitors on 345-seven going into day two of the County Championship Division One clash.

Bears skipper Jim Troughton capitalised on winning the toss by making a disciplined 76, allowing first William Porterfield then Rikki Clarke to dominate.

Both pulled Graham Onions for two sixes. Onions bowled only three overs with the second new ball before Brathwaite came on and took three for 11 in four overs.

Porterfield was dropped on one and went on to make 87, while Clarke departed for 49, made off 52 balls, when he pushed forward and edged Brathwaite to first slip.

Echoes of Tim Ambrose's struggles last season followed as he waved a crooked bat at the next ball, well wide of off stump, and edged to the wicketkeeper.

Then, in the penultimate over, Troughton was surprised by extra bounce and gloved to the wicketkeeper to become Brathwaite's fourth victim of the innings.

The England-qualified West Indian had earlier persuaded Varun Chopra, fresh from two double hundreds, to chip a leg-stump half-volley to mid-wicket.

Durham were again without four-day skipper Phil Mustard. His inflamed toe flared up after his return against Scotland on Sunday and it was his deputy, Michael Richardson, who dropped Porterfield off Callum Thorp.

Porterfield reached 50 off 75 balls, compared with 108 for Troughton, who then slowed down even further in his determination to overcome old failings.

Durham used Onions sparingly in his encouraging comeback at Headingley then rested him in last week's defeat by Sussex. This time he had already bowled 17 overs when he came back to take the new ball. …

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