Durham win on trip to Gosforth

HAPPY ALI: Moeen Ali after taking the wicket of India’s Mohammed Shami as England wrapped up victory in the third Test match at the Ageas Bowl yesterday

HAPPY ALI: Moeen Ali after taking the wicket of India’s Mohammed Shami as England wrapped up victory in the third Test match at the Ageas Bowl yesterday

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DURHAM responded in positive fashion yesterday to the warm welcome they were extended in what might once have been seen as enemy territory.

The trip north of the Tyne to the 150-year-old South Northumberland club in Gosforth produced a five-wicket win in the Royal London Cup tie against Warwickshire.

The crowd of 1,703 were treated to a sublime century by Jonathan Trott, but the depleted visitors collapsed feebly once he was out, slumping from 213 for two to 264 all out as John Hastings took five for 46.

With three frontline seamers ruled out, Yorkshire reject Oliver Hannon-Dalby then allowed Durham’s oneday captain, Mark Stoneman, to shrug off his poor run in partnership with Phil Mustard.

They took 33 off the lanky seamer’s first five overs and once they had put on 88 in 15 the platform was set for Durham to cruise home.

It might have been different had Paul Collingwood gone for two when he edged Boyd Rankin and Varun Chopra missed the chance just to his right at slip.

Afterwards Collingwood pulled Ateeq Javid for six and he also drove the off-spinner over the rope at long-on to reach 50 off 51 balls. He tried to finish the match in a hurry, hitting the first two balls of the 45th over for four and six off Hannon-Dalby before driving a catch to mid-off.

He made 77 off 65 balls and with only 14 more needed Durham eased to their first win in the competition with 3.5 overs to spare.

Stoneman won his third successive toss and after the failure to defend good totals in the first two matches he chose to field first.

Doubts about how the pitch would play might also have influenced the decision and Warwickshire were initially circumspect before easing to 213 for two after 40 overs.

With Trott and Tim Ambrose in full cry after a stand of 141 they would have expected to reach 300, but Trott’s departure allowed Durham’s bowlers to take control.

After coming under heavy fire in the last ten overs of the previous matches they conceded only 51 this time as the lack of depth in Warwickshire’s batting was exposed.

The last eight wickets went down in 9.3 overs. From the moment Trott went to the crease at 25 for one in the eighth over it was a master class in one-day batting and Durham were fortunate to see the back of him with ten overs left.

Hastings floated up a much slower ball well wide of off stump and in reaching to run it through point Trott got a big inside edge into his stumps.

While there was never any hint of slogging, there had been scarcely a dot ball in his 103-ball century.

The only time he cut loose was immediately after Ambrose, on 17, hit a four off Gareth Breese via Collingwood’s fingtertips at short mid-wicket.

Having just bowled a very tidy over, Collingwood continued but was clearly in discomfort and three of his first four balls in the next over were pulled for four.

He headed for the pavilion shortly afterwards, to be replaced by Scott Borthwick, who had been left out as Graham Onions returned.

Onions made the breakthrough when Will Porterfield tried to turn him behind square and lobbed a leading edge to mid-on.

That brought in Trott, who immediately made batting look easy, dominating a stand of 47 with Chopra.

The opener has been in prime form, but after making 26 he played across the line in Hastings’ second over and was lbw.

Ambrose should have been out for 26, when he went down the track to Breese and Mustard fluffed the stumping chance.

After Trott’s exit it was up to Ambrose to maximise the return from the last ten overs, but two overs later he pulled Stokes to deep backward square. The batsman’s fury prompted his bat to arrive in the dressing room several seconds before he did.

The rest of the innings was a shambles, with Rikki Clarke falling to another Hastings floater well wide of off stump.

On the excellent pitch the Warwickshire total looked at least 30 light and that became a conservative estimate once Hannon-Dalby had come under fire.

Mustard was first to go for 42, reverse-sweeping a catch off leg-spinner Josh Poysden’s first ball, then Stoneman went for 50 when he inside-edged a drive into his stumps off Rankin.

Against his former county, Calum MacLeod followed up his 94 in the defeat at Canterbury by making 46 before sweeping a catch to deep square leg.

Stokes made only six before top-edging a sweep to short fine leg but Collingwood quickly took control before leaving Keaton Jennings and Gordon Muchall to pick off the last few runs.


Durham v Warwickshire
At Emirates Durham ICG

V Chopra lbw b Hastings .....................26
W T Porterfield c Hastings b Onions 10
I J Trott b Hastings ...............................106
T R Ambrose c Muchall b Stokes .......70
L J Evans c Mustard b Rushworth ........ 4
R Clarke c Rushworth b Hastings...... 16
J S Patel c Muchall b Hastings.............. 3
Javid c Stoneman b Rushworth.......... 12
J E Poysden b Hastings.......................... 1
W B Rankin c MacLeod b Rushworth. 3
O J Hannon-Dalby not out ...................... 0
Extras (lb6 w5 nb2 pens 0)13
Total (49.4 overs).............. 264
Fall: 1-25 2-72 3-213 4-227 5-227 6-239
7-251 8-254 9-264
Bowling: Rushworth 9.4-1-55-3. Onions
9-1-44-1. Stokes 10-0-55-1. Hastings 10-
0-46-5. Collingwood 5-0-26-0. Breese

M D Stoneman b Rankin.......................50
P Mustard c Evans b Poysden.............42
C S MacLeod c Rankin b Patel...........46
B A Stokes c Chopra b Patel................. 6
P D Collingwood c Chopra b Hannon-
Dalby ......................................................... 77
K K Jennings not out ............................. 15
G J Muchall not out.................................. 9
Extras (b1 lb6 w13 pens 0)20
Total 5 wkts (46.1 overs) . 265
Fall: 1-88 2-119 3-137 4-185 5-251
Did Not Bat: J W Hastings, G R Breese,
C Rushworth, G Onions.
Bowling: Hannon-Dalby 7.1-0-55-1.
Clarke 7-0-30-0. Javid 5-0-35-0. Rankin
10-0-43-1. Poysden 7-0-52-1. Patel 10-

Durham (2pts) beat Warwickshire (0pts) by 5 wkts

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