Durham beat Warwickshire despte Keith Barker heroics

LV County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Durham 602-6 dec beat Warwickshire 186 & 313 by an innings and 103 runs
Durham 24pts, Warwicks 1pt
Match scorecard
Keith Barker
Keith Barker hit 16 boundaries on the way to making his maiden century

Keith Barker's maiden first-class century could not prevent Warwickshire falling to an innings and 103-run defeat by Durham at Edgbaston.

Barker, whose previous highest score was 31, hit 101 in a 117-run eighth wicket stand with Naqaash Tahir (53) as the Bears rallied from 134-7.

Warwickshire's tail continued to frustrate the visitors, taking the game into the final hour.

But Ian Blackwell and Ruel Braithwaite eventually bowled them out for 313.

Durham's fourth win of the season leapfrogs them above their hosts into second place - three points behind leaders Lancashire, who they face next at Chester-le-Street on Sunday.

Resuming the day on 35-3, Warwickshire faced an uphill struggle to save the game.

They started solidy enough but, after a further 36 runs were added, lost Jim Troughton, caught behind off Ben Stokes.

Darren Maddy followed in the next over, edging Callum Thorp to third slip. And the Bears slipped further towards defeat when Braithwaite trapped Tim Ambrose and Steve Harmison tempted Rikki Clarke (46) into a drive which offered Phil Mustard a simple catch.

So far, so routine for Durham, who appeared set to wrap the game up with ease, but they did not account for Barker's intervention.

He had only entered the game on the third day as a replacement for Ireland captain William Porterfield, but proved Warwickshire's star performer.

With dogged support from Tahir, Barker turned a seemingly hopeless situation into an increasingly salvagable one until he edged Blackwell to slip.

But Tahir continued to dig in and, with Chris Metters proving equally obstinate, the pair stuck around for another 25 overs.

However, with a draw becoming a real possibility, Braithwaite bowled Metters and then removed Tahir with a lifting delivery edged to fourth slip - the 195th ball he had faced during a spirited resistance.

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