Warwickshire v Durham: Bears round off season with victory
|LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston|
|Warwickshire 429 beat Durham 201 and 215 by an innings and 13 runs|
|Warwickshire 24 pts, Durham 3 pts|
Championship runners-up Warwickshire partially atoned for Saturday's One-Day Cup final defeat against Durham by completing an innings victory at Edgbaston over their Lord's conquerors.
The Bears added just 16 more runs as they were bowled out for 429, a first-innings lead of 228.
The hosts wasted little time in then bowling out Durham for 215.
Jeetan Patel and left-arm paceman Keith Barker each took three wickets as Durham lost by an innings and 13 runs.
That earned Barker match figures of 8-100 to take his season's haul to 50 Championship victims, while four scalps in the match for off-spinner Patel, who had earlier finished on 45 with the bat, took him to 59 wickets for the season.
But both were surpassed by last week's record breaker Chris Rushworth, who claimed one of the morning wickets to finish with 6-100 - and another career-best tally of 64 for the season.
Gordon Muchall top scored for Durham with 52, while Mark Stoneman (45) just crept past the 41 runs he needed to steer him past 1,000 Championship runs for the second successive season.
But, after looking reasonably comfortable on 125-3, Durham then lost their last seven wickets for 90 runs.
BBC WM's Mike Taylor:
"Although Warwickshire's main business of the week had already been completed, with runners-up place in the Championship secured on Wednesday, they were still efficient enough to dismiss Durham within two sessions.
"Jeetan Patel's challenging off-spin was prominent as expected, but Gordon Muchall's counter-attack against him made for the most entertaining cricket of the day.
"Keith Barker's skilful swing was rewarded with eight wickets in the match, while Boyd Rankin bowled sharply to the end.
"The Bears have earned their break, although some will spend it in the southern hemisphere.
"Their large and talented squad proved to be capable in all formats and coped with the rigours of a long season. After another winter polishing skills they will surely challenge strongly again in 2015."
BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:
"This time last year, as the sun was setting on Durham's third title win in six seasons, there was one main aim for 2014. After Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lancashire had all been relegated as reigning champions, it was the one thing that Geoff Cook, Jon Lewis and Paul Collingwood were determined not to let happen.
"Tto have survived after being in the relegation zone just over a month ago has to be seen as a success. Add in last weekend's unexpected One-Day Cup win at Lord's and this will go down as one of Durham's best seasons.
"The reality is it was always going to be a tough one. The squad was trimmed in the winter for financial reasons and the club were relying on young players to step into the shoes of seasoned pros. They also needed luck to be on their side and it wasn't.
"Chris Rushworth, who took 60 wickets in a season for the first time, was the only bowler to get through the campaign without injury, while Graham Onions, who took 70 wickets last year, missed the majority of the season. Mark Wood, Usman Arshad and Jamie Harrison also spent long periods on the sidelines. No wonder Durham struggled to bowl teams out.
"This season started in Abu Dhabi 175 days ago. And it's been a long one. But there are plenty of signs of encouragement and, if Durham can get their squad fit and John Hastings returns to play the majority of the summer and not only half of it, they could be vying for honours again."