Bell scores a half-century but Edgbaston wickets tumble

Ian Bell
County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Close, day one: Durham 163, Warwickshire 116-5
Warwicks 3pts, Durham 1pt
Match scorecard

Ian Bell scored a half-century but 15 wickets fell on day one of Warwickshire's match with Durham.

Keith Barker (5-33), who took the second five-wicket haul of his first-class career, and Chris Wright (4-41) reduced the hosts to 163 all out.

On a day of failures for most England players, Jonathan Trott made only two as Warwickshire slumped to 14-4.

But Bell scored an unbeaten 59 and Graeme Onions took 3-27 as the hosts closed on 116-5, 47 runs behind.

After scoring only 134 runs in nine Test innings against Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Bell hit eight fours in reaching his highest first-class score since August.

He put on 85 for the fifth wicket with Darren Maddy (35) the only other Warwickshire batsman to reach double figures so far.

Earlier, Durham lost wickets at regular intervals but recovered slightly from 103-8 thanks to Onions scoring 36 with the bat after Ben Stokes had made 35.

Barker's five-wicket haul gave him his best-ever Championship figures for the second time in 10 days after his

Durham have already suffered at the hands of Barker, who scored a maiden century off their bowling at Edgbaston last year.