County Championship: Keith Barker ton gives Warwicks control

Keith Barker
Keith Barker has taken five-fors in his previous two matches against Durham
LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day two)
Warwickshire: 450 Barker 102no, Westwood 88, Patel 58, Onions 5-74
Durham: 50-3 Jones 2-19
Durham trail by 400 runs
Warwickshire 5 pts, Durham 3 pts
Match scorecard

Keith Barker hit the fifth first-class century of his career for Warwickshire as Durham struggled on a rain-affected second day at Edgbaston.

After the loss of the first two sessions, the hosts resumed on 417-7 and Barker reached his ton off 124 balls, with 12 fours.

He ran out of partners on 102 when Graham Onions (5-85) dismissed Richard Jones as they were all out for 450.

However, Jones (2-19) and Barker left Durham reeling on 50-3 at the close.

Despite losing 67 overs to the weather, Warwickshire ended it in a dominant position.

Barker's impressive record against Durham
Barker has a batting average of 40.9 against Durham and has taken 41 wickets against the county at an average of 13.2.

Onions' early run out of Jeetan Patel for 58 followed by the wickets of Jones, to claim his 22nd five-for for the county, had given Durham a good start.

Boyd Rankin hung around for 17 balls to allow Barker to reach three figures before being caught at second clip by Scott Borthwick off John Hastings.

Durham's innings began disastrously as Mark Stoneman lasted just six balls before being caught at long leg by Rankin off Jones.

Jennings soon followed his opening partner back to the pavilion as he was caught by Varun Chopra in the slips off the impressive Barker to reduce Durham to 10-2.

Borthwick managed just 19 before being caught on the square-leg boundary off Jones to leave Durham in a lot of trouble at the close.

Warwickshire all-rounder Keith Barker:

"Despite the rain we have forced a pretty good position. It was a shame we lost two sessions but we are still strongly-placed.

"I really have no idea why I have always done so well against Durham. You'd have to ask them.

"My first time batting them I scored 100 and I have had a 10n-for in a match against them but I think it's just that I have always happened to play against them when I have been on a bit of a high.

"Some players have teams that they struggle against and I'm no different but I've always done well against Durham."

Durham coach Jon Lewis:

"The game situation now, with possibly a bit more time lost to rain tomorrow, is a case of trying to get as many points as possible in the first innings.

"Losing three wickets tonight was not ideal, particularly as of only one of those three you'd give the credit to the bowler, the other two we contributed a bit too much to our downfall.

"We didn't bowl as well as we can though, to be fair the bowlers, they set their standards high so to not reach them occasionally is forgivable.

"Any day when you give up 40-odd extras you haven't really been as disciplined as you should be."

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