Warwickshire respond well after Michael di Venuto ton

LV County Championship Division One, Emirates Durham ICG
Close of play, day two: Durham 230-5 v Warwickshire 429
Warwicks 5pts, Durham 4pts
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Warwickshire fought back strongly in the final 80 minutes against Durham at Chester-le-Street, helped by an injury to centurion Michael di Venuto.

After resuming on 345-7, Chris Woakes' unbeaten 70 helped the Bears total 429.

Durham openers Di Venuto (113) and Will Smith (66) then put on 164 for the first wicket.

But, after Di Venuto tweaked a thigh muscle, wickets fell to leave Durham on 230-5 at the close, still needing another 50 to avoid the follow-on.

Warwickshire had slumped from 328-4 to 349-9 when two wickets fell in the day's first four overs, bringing in Boyd Rankin with a best score of 13 behind him.

But, despite Ruel Brathwaite completing his second five-wicket haul in successive games, Rankin contributed 28 to a stand of 80 with in-form England candidate Woakes.

In reply, with Smith making 66, Durham's opening stand was six more than their best for the first wicket in the Championship last season.

Smith finally edged to second slip off Woakes, who nipped one back to have Gordon Muchall lbw just after Di Venuto's injury.

The runs then dried up as the struggling Ben Stokes, the man who hit 34 in one over at The Rose Bowl earlier this month, managed just five in 35 balls.

Andrew Miller skidded one through to gain another lbw verdict against Stokes before Di Venuto departed six overs from the close.

Rankin then found steep bounce to force Graham Onions to lob a catch to gully.


BBC Tyne & Wear's Martin Emmerson:

"A disappointing end to the day for Durham who got off to a flier with their opening stand, but seemed to have the wind sucked from their sails when Smith was out and Di Venuto then suffered his thigh injury.

"His 16th century for Durham was a bonus, the 100th run being run by Smith, who was back on as a runner!

"The visitors will have been the happier come the close." 

BBC WM's Richard Wilford:

"Warwickshire's persistence with the ball paid dividends in the final session as they took the upper hand, led once again by 21-year-old Chris Woakes.

"He and Rikki Clarke bowled well with the old ball - and Woakes earlier batted beautifully to add 80 for the final Bears wicket with Boyd Rankin.

"That stand may prove critical in a match where all results are still very much possible. The first hour tomorrow will be critical."