County Championship: Stoneman century steadies Durham

Mark Stoneman
Opener Stoneman averages 34.66 in the County Championship this season
LV= County Championship Division One, Emirates ICG (close, day one)
Durham 314 all out: Stoneman 112, Borthwick 67, Clarke 5-62
Warwickshire 10-0
Durham lead by 304 runs
Durham 3 pts, Warwickshire 3 pts
Match scorecard

Mark Stoneman registered his second century in consecutive innings as Durham made a good start against Warwickshire.

Stoneman (112) and Scott Borthick (67) helped the home side recover from an early loss to move to 184-1.

Chris Woakes (1-51) bowled well on his return from injury and offered good support to Rikki Clarke (5-62).

Ryan Pringle's half-century helped Durham reach 314, and Warwickshire saw out four overs to reach 10-0.

Clarke trapped Keaton Jennings (7) early in Durham's innings, before Borthwick and Stoneman put on a 100-run partnership.

Race to the finish
Durham and Warwickshire currently sit in third and fourth place respectively in the Divison One table.
20 points separate the two, with Durham having won six games compared to Warwickshire's three.
Durham have also not lost a Championship game this season.

Borthwick was dropped by Varun Chopra on three, and made the most of his second chance by registering a steady half-century.

Stoneman went to his 50 in style, launching Tom Milnes (3-96) for six, and his aggressive century including fifteen boundaries.

The home side suffered a wobble when they lost four wickets for 35 runs, with Milnes bowling Stoneman and forcing Gordon Muchall (11) to edge behind.

Paul Collingwood (31) offered some resistance but Clarke added to his tally by trapping him lbw, his third of the game.

Pringle (53) played patiently but Milnes and Clarke bowled well to remove Jamie Harrison (14) and Chris Rushworth (4) respectively.

Clarke had Pringle caught at deep mid-wicket to pick up his third five wicket haul in first-class cricket.

Warwickshire will now be hoping for a stronger batting performance than last week's against Yorkshire, where they collapsed to 69 all out.

Durham opener Mark Stoneman:

"We don't see it as an opportunity missed.

"Ryan Pringle showed some real class to get us up to 300 and we are happy with that.

"There's a bit in the pitch and if we bowl well we could knock them over for 200."

Warwickshire all-rounder Rikki Clarke:

"We were staring down the barrel at 180 for one but we came back really well.

"The new ball did a bit but the pitch flattened and the hard work start now with the bat.

"We will have to apply ourselves and dig in."

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