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19th August 2009

Thorp’s 5-49 restricts Warwickshire total to 135

“It was a normal first day wicket so it has always got a little bit in it.  It was quite warm in the air so it was good for a bit of swing bowling.   The guys from the other end bowled really well, banged it in and bowled quickly.  I’m doing well at the moment so I can’t complain” said Thorp. 

With Stephen Harmison and Graham Onions set to return to the Durham set up after the final Ashes test there will be real competition for places amongst the bowling attack in the remaining four day matches.

“Performing is obviously good but if you have to slide aside for guys coming back then you do that.  It’s always good when there is competition for places, it’s not so much pressure, there is always that, but the competition makes you work that little bit harder.  

“It’s good, as a team, to know that anyone can come in and do a job when they need to when called upon, it’s good to have that depth”, he said.

Durham finished day one on 173-4, 38 ahead of Warwickshire’s first innings total and having dismissed the opposition fairly cheaply the team are keen to establish a sizeable lead to give them a chance of pushing for that all important win.

“We’re in a good position, it would have been nice to just be one or none down at this stage, but you can’t always have that.  If we can get close to 250-300 tomorrow then I think we’ll be happy with our chances going forward from there”, Thorp added.