DURHAM wrapped up a convincing innings-and-42-run victory over Glamorgan in their County Championship clash this morning, requiring only ten overs to take the final three wickets on the final day at Emirates Riverside.

The visitors' stubborn resistance through Dan Douthwaite and Andrew Slater on the third day gave the Welsh outfit hope of avoiding an innings defeat. However, the late dismissal of Douthwaite the previous evening handed the momentum to Durham, and it did not take long for the home side to secure a dominant win.

Paul Coughlin dismissed Andrew Salter for a career-best 90 and then ended the contest by removing Michael Hogan after a Chris Rushworth wicket.

Coughlin enjoyed an outstanding return after a 13-week injury layoff, claiming his third first-class five-wicket haul and match figures of nine for 75. Durham moved up into third place in Division Two after securing 24 points from the game, while Glamorgan sit in fifth place.

Resuming on an overnight score of 333 for seven, Salter continued his grind in the early overs and moved past his previous career-best of 88 in his bid to further frustrate the hosts. However, he lost his discipline from the following delivery to edge behind to Ned Eckerlsey presenting Coughlin with his fourth wicket of the innings.

Rushworth then clean bowled Lukas Carey for a duck to allow the hosts to close in on victory. The final wicket fell to Coughlin, who found Hogan's outside edge before Eckersley produced a brilliant diving catch to his right to end the game.

"It was a fantastic team performance right from the start of the game," said Durham skipper Scott Borthwick. "I thought the way that we bowled in the first innings was incredible and I thought the batting performance was amazing.

"The only downside for the batting performance was that no one went on to get a three-figure score. The most impressive thing is that we kept the partnerships going all the way through the innings.

"We recognised the importance of first-innings runs and we managed to all but kill the game by getting 400 runs ahead.

"It was a fantastic win, and I was pleased with the way we bowled on Tuesday on a good pitch in tough conditions. It is not often you say that in Durham, a good pitch and hot conditions. Through that we earned the right to finish off the game early on Wednesday morning."

Glamorgan's Chris Cooke added: "It was a good fightback, but it would have had to be an incredible effort to cover up our performance from the first innings.

"The frailties in our batting and scoring under 100 is always going to put you under pressure. We weren't on the money with the bat and against a quality attack you can feel a million miles off, and against a good team they will make you pay and that's what happened. It has been difficult, but there was a good fightback from Dan Douthwaite and Andrew Salter, who played brilliantly. "