County Championship: Lower order seals dramatic win for Bears

Jeetan Patel
Jeetan Patel's unbeaten 24 off 36 balls saw Warwickshire home
LV= County Championship Division One, Emirates ICG
Durham 314 & 148: Harrison 53; Clarke 3-19, Woakes 3-52
Warwickshire 198 & 265-8: Evans 70, Patel 24 not out; Onions 3-79
Warwickshire won by two wickets
Durham 5 pts, Warwickshire 19 pts
Match scorecard

Warwickshire's lower order held their nerve with the bat to seal a two-wicket win over Durham at Chester-le-Street.

Sam Hain and Laurie Evans (70) fell early to leave the visitors 158-5 - still needing another 107 for victory.

Tim Ambrose (25) and Rikki Clarke (28) rebuilt the innings, but when Clarke was trapped lbw by Graham Onions (3-79), the Bears had slumped to 227-8.

However, Jeetan Patel struck an unbeaten 24 and Tom Milnes made 14 not out to see them home on 265-8.

The victory completed a remarkable turnaround for Warwickshire after they were bowled out for just 198 on the third morning - a first innings deficit of 116 - but then skittled Durham for 148 second time around.

Jeetan Patel - a handy number nine
Patel has scored 4,280 first-class runs at an average of 23.13. The New Zealander has 22 half-centuries and two hundreds.

Resuming on 125-3, teenager Hain gloved Onions down the leg side to the wicketkeeper and Evans fell in the same way to Chris Rushworth shortly after.

Ambrose's brief cameo came to an end when he edged Jamie Harrison to Paul Collingwood at slip, but Clarke found another able partner in Chris Woakes who batted steadily for the rest of the first session.

The whole momentum of the innings changed immediately before and immediately after lunch when Woakes was dismissed leg-before by Rushworth (3-81) and Clarke was then out to the first ball following the break to leave Warwickshire on the brink.

However, Patel played with his usual aggression, striking four boundaries, and Milnes contributed two fours of his own as they shared an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 38.

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown:

"This was a much-needed win for us and we just have to keep chipping away. But it is unlikely that Yorkshire will slip up.

"Losing the eighth wicket straight after lunch wasn't ideal. There were a lot of nerves watching on the balcony, but Patel has done it before and Milnes showed a lot of maturity for someone making his way in the game.

"It was always going to be a tough day and whenever we started to put a partnership together they found a way to take a wicket. It was a bit like our T20 performances - we scrapped and got over the line."

Durham coach Jon Lewis:

"After the Yorkshire game this was another tough match against a good side and we came up a bit short.

"It's disappointing after leading by 116 in the first innings, but I don't want to be over-critical of our batsmen in slipping to 9-4 second time around. They were victims of some seriously good bowling by Woakes and Clarke.

"We felt if we could have got two wickets in quick succession today we could have applied more pressure, but after one fell they kept moving forward.

"We are relying on 13 or 14 players and we will keep plugging away."

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