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31st May 2010

Wickets topple at Edgbaston as Durham set sights on win

Warwickshire were 23-3 within three overs with Westwood caught at third slip off Claydon for 16 and his replacement, Varun Chopra, out lbw to Chris Rushworth for 1.

Claydon claimed his second victim the following over, with Jim Troughton caught behind on 1.  Warwickshire were 39-5 after Rikki Clarke was caught, off Rushworth, at mid on by Gordon Muchall for 5. 

The hosts passed the fifty mark in the 18th over, and a bowling change shortly after provided a further dismissal when Johnson was caught in the slips by Ben Stokes for 9 off Ian Blackwell’s second delivery. 

The hosts were 86-7 once Miller, who had gone in as nightwatchman towards the close of play on day two, left the field to a standing ovation from the Warwickshire members in the 30th over after he was bowled by Blackwell for 35, the highest score of the innings.

Just fourteen runs were added to the total by the last three wickets, all of which were claimed by Liam Plunkett in the half an hour before lunch, Woakes was caught behind for 5, Botha was caught by Stoneman for 20 and Tahir was bowled without scoring.

Warwickshire were all out for 100 with ten minutes until the scheduled break. The Durham side waited on the pitch for the Warwickshire openers to return to the middle.  At lunch the hosts were 18-0 in their second innings.

Mitchell Claydon claimed the first wicket of the second innings, trapping Maddy lbw on 25.  Warwickshire were 62-3 after a bowling change in the 18th over with leg spinner  Scott Borthwick striking with the second delivery of his first over, Chopra caught by Mustard for 6, and the first ball of the following over, Troughton out lbw for 9.

Clarke and Westwood put on a partnership of over a hundred, both securing fifties in the process and getting the Warwickshire total up to 176 before Clarke was out lbw to Blackwell for 66 in the 51st over.
At the close of play on day three Warwickshire have a second innings total of 229-4, trailing by 50 runs, with Westwood 86* and Johnson 20*.

At the close of play Liam Plunkett gave us his thoughts, “We’ve gelled well as a team in this game, we’ve bowled well and batted well, we can be proud of what we’ve done so far but it would be great to get the win and that’s what we’re aiming for.  

“It was nice to have my partnership with the captain in our first innings, he played really well, it was a crucial knock at that point and it was good for us to get some runs on the board.  I work hard on my batting so it’s nice to get runs as well as wickets, that’s how you help your team win games.  It was good to get some wickets cheaply early on too.”

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