Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Patel's Six of the Best as Durham Defeated Again

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Patel's Six of the Best as Durham Defeated Again

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WARWICKSHIRE moved back to the top of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two table after recording a comfortable 86-run win over Durham at Emirates Riverside.

Jeetan Patel was the star man for his side in the second innings as he took the 32nd five-wicket haul of his career, ending with figures of 6-83.

Durham were left to rue batting collapses from their middle order to slump to their second defeat on the spin.

The visitors returned to winning ways in the Championship after their defeat at Kent last week, clinching their fifth victory of the campaign to reclaim their place on the summit.

Warwickshire began the day with a lead of 279 - and it was clear from the off they were in a hurry to push on their total beyond 300.

Keith Barker and Tim Ambrose were able to put on a partnership of 60 before Ryan Pringle broke the stand.

The off-spinner claimed three wickets in a single over as Patel and Chris Wright were dismissed in backto-back deliveries.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby played a loose drive to continue the procession of wickets before the visitors declared on 185-9, leaving Durham 313 to chase in their final innings. Warwickshire put the pressure on the home side early on as Cameron Steel knicked off to Ian Bell at third slip.

Tom Latham and Will Smith stabilised the innings, heading into the first break of the day one wicket down.

The duo reached their 50 partnership after the restart but soon lost Smith when he edged a short delivery from Hannon-Dalby through to Ambrose.

Latham then fell lbw to Patel, while Paul Collingwood was out in the same over edging behind.

Slight resistance came forward from Graham Clark and Gareth Harte, making the visitors work hard to earn a further breakthrough.

However, Clark lost his discipline against Patel, playing a loose drive to become his third victim of the innings. …

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