Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Durham Fail to Deal with Dangerman Barker Again; Lewis Laments Edgbaston Loss as Familiar Foe Gets Better of His Batsmen

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Durham Fail to Deal with Dangerman Barker Again; Lewis Laments Edgbaston Loss as Familiar Foe Gets Better of His Batsmen

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Byline: Stuart Rayner at Edgbaston Twitter: @StuRayner

COACH Jon Lewis does not believe his Durham players have a mental block against Warwickshire's Keith Barker, but he was disappointed they did not do more to think their way around the problem.

The left-arm swing bowler must be licking his lips every time he plays against the Riversiders.

He scored a century and took nine wickets in his side's eight-wicket win - their fourth on the trot at home to Durham in the County Championship. Barker has now taken 49 wickets in nine four-day matches against them, and averages nearly 50 with the bat - figures way above what he produces against everyone else.

But Lewis does not think his players are making it worse by working themselves up about the prospect of facing him.

"At the start of our first innings it was (Richard) Jones who did the damage," he said.

"I wouldn't quite say he has got a psychological hold over us, but he is a very good new-ball bowler who moves the ball late.

"Paul Collingwood played him well and Mark Stoneman batted very well throughout the second innings."

Stoneman made 111 in Durham's second innings but was run out backing up a Paul Coughlin run that was never on offer. Coughlin made 49 as the visitors were bowled out for 327. Barker finished with match figures of 9-157.

"I'm reluctant to tell people how to deal with a challenge like that, it's a matter of doing what's comfortable for you," said Lewis.

"I'm not surprised that Colly came up with a good idea (to deal with it). We could have done with a couple more of the right-handers doing the same.

"With all games we analyse the opposition, and Barker presents a particular challenge, but the guys need to work out within their own games what is the best plan. That's what Colly did well."

Collingwood made 68 in the first innings, the only Durham player to score a half-century. …

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