County Championship: Durham hold out for draw with Warwickshire
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Edgbaston (day four):|
|Warwickshire 310 & 199: Hain 58*, Patel 7-54|
|Durham 292: Stone 7-59 & 115-8: Stone 4-37|
|Warwickshire (11 pts) drew with Durham (10 pts)|
Durham held out for a draw with Warwickshire after collapsing while chasing 218 to win at Edgbaston.
The Bears were all out for 199 in their second innings, with India spinner Axar Patel (7-54) giving Durham 41 overs to get the required runs.
But Bears pace bowler Olly Stone, who added 4-37 to his seven first-innings wickets, reduced the visitors to 102-8.
Durham's ninth-wicket pair of Stuart Poynter and Matt Salisbury survived the final six nervy overs before the close.
Warwickshire's lead over Kent at the top is down to seven points after Kent and third-placed Sussex both won in this round of Championship fixtures.
The Bears are due to face both Sussex and Kent in their final two matches, following the away game with Leicestershire, which starts on Monday.
Rain had shortened the third day's play at Edgbaston, leaving the prospect of a positive result for either team unlikely - until Patel tore through the hosts' batting line-up with a career-best effort to leave a tantalising run chase.
The last of his seven second-innings wickets was particularly freakish - Ryan Sidebottom's attempted pull shot struck Durham's short-leg fielder on the helmet and rebounded straight to the bowler, who gratefully took the catch.
Warwickshire coach Jim Troughton told BBC WM:
"There was a sense of pride with how we played against Gloucestershire and Glamorgan. We put in solid performances, dominated and won comfortably.
"You're almost dying of that feeling of getting over the line with a real close one, but it wasn't to be this game.
"There's some disappointed guys in the changing room, but it's about picking them up and realising they could achieve something really special here."
Durham captain Paul Collingwood told BBC Radio Newcastle:
"It was good to get out of it with a draw in the end. There was some fantastic cricket played throughout the four days on a very good pitch. We put a good team under a lot of pressure.
"They've got a few quicks in there that caused us some problems on a day four pitch that does go up and down and got a little bit of reverse swing. Olly Stone's quick, simple as that. When he gets it right he can get the ball through. It looks like he's got a good future ahead of him.
"We lost some wickets but thankfully we got through for the draw. We stood firm eventually and we can take a lot of good things out of this game. We were great with the ball in the first innings and Axar Patel's accuracy allows us to rotate the seamers."