Durham stage remarkable Edgbaston comeback to leap to second at expense of...

Durham stage remarkable Edgbaston comeback to leap to second at expense of Warwickshire

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Result: Durham 190 (Woakes 9-36) and 238-6 (Jennings 113; Wright 4-72) beat Warwickshire 313 (Umeed 101; Weighell 4-97) and 114 (Weighell 5-33) by four wickets

On Wednesday morning under cloudy skies at Edgbaston, Durham duly completed a remarkable turnaround to defeat Warwickshire by four wickets.

The overnight pairing of Keaton Jennings and Paul Collingwood took Durham to the brink of victory with a stand of 111. Jennings’ determined innings of 113 off 228 balls ensured that there were no more twists and turns in this intriguing encounter.

Two wickets for Jeetan Patel were no more than a late consolation.

Back-to-back victories have ensured that Durham have shot up the table. James Weighell’s 5-33 yesterday was just as decisive as Jennings’ effort and heralds that Durham have uncovered yet another fine young pace bowler, albeit one who is Yorkshire born.

Warwickshire, meanwhile, will lament the fact that they were bowled out for 114 on a largely blameless pitch. They will be pleased though, that debutant opener Andy Umeed compiled a century on the first day.

And if they are looking for excuses, they may seize on the fact that, after taking 9-36, the best bowling figures for the Bears in more than half a century, Chris Woakes was pulled out of the game by the England selectors at the end of day two.

Instead, they would do better to dwell on the misjudgements and indifferent shots that led to their second innings downfall and let Durham back into the game.

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