STUMPS, DAY THREE. Warwickshire 300-7 & 329-4 dec (Trott 138*, Troughton 123) v Durham 2nd XI 348-9 dec (Clark 79). Match drawn.
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Jonathan Trott and Jim Troughton combine to bat Calum Macleod’s men out of the game
A mammoth stand between two experienced Warwickshire batsmen ensured Durham had to settle for a draw in their opening 2nd XI Championship fixture.
Jonathan Trott and Jim Troughton shared a fourth wicket stand of 222 to halt the visitors’ push for an unlikely win.
By the time Troughton was removed for 123, the game had comfortable drifted into a draw and the two captains shook hands shortly after, with Trott still remaining on 138*.
It turned out to be a fruitless day for Durham, who started Day Three with ambitions of victory.
Warwickshire continued overnight from two wickets down and found it slow against some tight bowling. After seeing out the early stages Jonathon Webb was sent packing by Gavin Main, caught by Graham Clark.
With the score on 99, quick wickets could have forced a capitulation and an evening run chase, but the duo teamed up for a double-century stand, batting deep into the afternoon to put paid of any hopes of a positive result.
It was Troughton who reached his century first before Trott followed shortly after, brought up from 234 balls in a typically patient knock.
Left-arm spinner Max Morley removed Troughton but stumps were drawn a matter of minutes later as skipper Calum Macleod settled on a draw.
The Second XI travel to Ticknall CC to face Derbyshire in a Trophy fixture on Monday 16th June before moving on to Belper Meadows CC for their next Championship fixture, commencing on Tuesday 17th June.
A productive day for the visitors leaves a potential victory in sight
Stiff late-order batting resistance and two wickets before the close have given Durham’s second string hope of victory against Warwickshire.
After dropping to 97/4, Graham Clark and skipper Calum Macleod shared a partnership of 73 to build towards a meaningful score.
Three quick wickets threatened to destabilise the innings once more but contributions from Stuart Poynter, Paul Coughlin and a typically quick-fire innings from Usman Arshad ensured a declaration on 348/9.
Both of Warwickshire’s openers were then removed before the close of play to give prospects of victory on Thursday’s final day, with the home side 45/2 and still trailing by three runs.
After losing night-watchman Ryan Buckley, Clark and Rammy Singh progressed to 97 before the latter fell LBW to Recordo Gordon.
Opener Clark and Macleod set about climbing towards the hosts’ score of 300. Playing against hit natural instincts, the Scot was somewhat more reserved as Clark sailed past 50.
He went after lunch on 79, bowled by Paul Best, before Macleod was followed swiftly back to the pavilion by Ryan Pringle, leaving them in a spot of bother on 199/7.
Poynter (60) and Coughlin (63) took charge to make sure there would be no collapse, while Arshad (35*) added rapid runs to set up a declaration once Coughlin fell, giving Best his fourth wicket.
Macleod’s Scottish compatriot, Freddie Coleman, was dismissed by Gavin Main and Ben Stokes gained his second wicket of the match as the home side wobbled at 25/2.
England international Jonathan Trott helped see the home side to the close without losing any more batsmen, though a few early morning wickets would ramp up the pressure as Durham look to start their Championship campaign with a win.
Durham’s second string have plenty to do after Day One against an experienced Warwickshire side in the 2nd XI Championship.
Typically watchful innings from Jonathan Trott (43) and Jim Troughton (62) helped frustrate the visitors before three wickets in the afternoon session put Durham back in contention.
The home side were able to declare on 300/7 and Durham slipped to 19/2 at the close of play.
Both sides named strong line-ups for the match, the first of Durham’s 2nd XI Championship season. First team regulars Ben Stokes and Usman Arshad made the visiting side, while the hosts included nine players with first-class experience.
After inviting Durham to field, Warwickshire made a quick start and scored at four-an-over before Freddie Coleman, international team-mate of visiting skipper Calum Macleod, was trapped LBW to become Paul Coughlin’s first wicket.
That brought Trott to the crease with opener Tom Lewis and the pair continued to play positively. They reached 79 from less than 20 overs before recent first team debutant Gavin Main struck, removing Lewis LBW.
His departure brought Troughton to the crease, the ex-Warwickshire skipper stepping up his recovery from a back operation. Some tight bowling and careful stroke-play ensued as both batsman looked to occupy the crease on their respective returns to cricket.
But three wickets in the afternoon – Stokes removed Trott LBW with one more each for Coughlin and Main – dragged Durham back into the game.
A frustrating stand between Paul Best and Richard Jones ensued, before Coughlin completed a successful day by taking two more before Warwickshire declared on 300/7.
But an even day swung towards the home side as two late wickets left Durham’s second string 19/2 at stumps.