County Championship: Jeetan Patel shines as Warwickshire beat Durham

Jeetan Patel in action for Warwickshire
Jeetan Patel's 6-83 was his second five-wicket Championship haul this season
Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Emirates Riverside (day four):
Warwickshire 424: Trott 170* & 185-9 dec: Trott 53; Pringle 3-31, Salisbury 3-48
Durham 297: Steel 51, Latham 50; Hannon-Dalby 4-61 & 224: Rimmington 61; Patel 6-83
Warwickshire (23 pts) beat Durham (4 pts) by 86 runs

Captain Jeetan Patel took 6-83 as Warwickshire bowled out Durham for 224 to earn an 86-run victory and return to the top of the Division Two table.

Warwickshire lost four quick wickets as they only managed to extend their overnight lead from 279 to 313 before opting for a brave declaration.

But the plan paid off, with off-spinner Patel the pick of the bowlers.

Nathan Rimmington's stunning 61 from 65 balls delayed the victory, but he was bowled by Patel in a fitting finale.

Warwickshire looked well set to force a victory heading into the final day at Chester-le-Street, having resumed on 152-5.

But the momentum shifted as Ryan Pringle took three wickets in four balls to help reduce the visitors to 185-9.

Patel then tempted Durham with a feasible run-chase, and at 79-1 the match looked very much in the balance despite a pitch that was showing signs of misbehaving.

But Will Smith (35) edged Oliver Hannon-Dalby behind to Tim Ambrose, the first of three wickets for just eight runs and one of five catches for the wicketkeeper.

Tom Latham was trapped lbw by Patel, who also had Paul Collingwood caught behind.

And although a Rimmington-inspired Durham managed to keep two wickets in hand to ensure the game went into the final session, Patel wrapped up the victory.

Warwickshire's win leaves them 11 points ahead of second-placed Kent, who had gone top after completing victory over Middlesex on Wednesday.

Durham coach Jon Lewis told BBC Radio Newcastle:

"It was a tough four-day game, tough over 12 sessions. The one outstanding performance would be Jonathan Trott's 170 which made the difference.

"First-innings' deficits are becoming all-too regular. Often at home it has been down to being put in on the first morning in difficult batting conditions with the Dukes ball.

"This one with the pink ball is a slightly different game altogether. It was a bit of an unknown coming into the game. The stunning weather we've been having is not always what we get. And anything within the reach of 300 we thought would be reachable.

"But Jeetan Patel is probably the best spinner in the country in county cricket, so it was always going to be a tough ask."

Warwickshire coach Jim Troughton told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"It got a little bit strange in the end. Nathan Rimmington played very well, and Chris Rushworth looked like he was batting with a barn door.

"There wasn't any panic. We just wanted to get the game finished and be clinical after the second break.

"I'm happy for Jeetan Patel to get a six-for in the end. He bowled beautifully in the middle session. He had a bit to work with, but he did people on the outside with a bit of bounce. And Tim Ambrose had 10 catches in the game.

"A good effort. A good eight days of cricket after being on the road down at Tunbridge Wells. We acquitted ourselves really well (there), but didn't get over the line but we're back on top of the table now with five wins out of seven so I'm very happy."

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