Durham v Warwickshire - Match Preview

Durham v Warwickshire - Match Preview

Graham Onions is nearing a return from injury (photo: getty images)

Durham return to LV=County Championship action on Sunday when they entertain Warwickshire at Emirates Durham ICG (11am start)

A battling draw against Yorkshire has left the county champions seventh in a very congested area of the table. After 10 games Durham have accrued 122 points, just 15 behind third-placed Somerset, who have played a game more.

Warwickshire are also in the thick of that tight mid-table zone, as they occupy fifth spot with 127 points to their name. An impressive three wicket win over Nottinghamshire in their last game has kept Dougie Brown's side in with a chance of adding to their seven championship titles.

Historically though, the Birmingham-based outfit don't enjoy coming to the north east. Durham are unbeaten in the nine county championship games between the sides, with seven wins and two draws.

Graham Onions, who took five second innings wickets to extend that unbeaten streak last season, is very close to a return from injury. The 31-year-old is listed in the Durham squad for the second game in a row.

Durham's Ben Stokes and Warwickshire's Ian Bell are both away on international duty with England.

We'll have daily reports from the match here on durhamccc.co.uk and you can also receive regular updates by following our Twitter account @DurhamCricket

Ticket details:
Tickets are available on the turnstiles and are priced at £15 for adults, £5 for under 16's.

Last championship meeting:
Wednesday 12th June - 14th June 2013. Durham won by 11 runs.

Durham 1st Innings 267 all out (Stokes 61)
Warwickshire 1st Innings 209 all out (Patel 53)
Durham 2nd Innings 198 all out (Stoneman 83, Richardson 55)
Warwickshire 2nd Innings 245 all out (Patel 50, Onions 5-83)

A word from the home camp:
John Lewis, Durham Head Coach: "We have been a tough side to beat. I'd like us to win a couple more to be honest! But it's good that when we're not playing perfectly we're still not getting beaten and I think thats a credit largely to the batters, who have managed to get us out of trouble once or twice. What we need to do is get ourselves into the winning positions because when we do we're actually quite good, we're ruthless when we get into a winning position"

Did you know?
After his second innings score of 86 last week, Mark Stoneman is just 95 runs away from passing 1,000 first class runs in a season for the second year in a row.

Team News:
Head Coach Jon Lewis has named an unchanged squad for the visit of Warwickshire so both Graham Onions and spinner Max Morley retain their places. Ben Stokes is away on international duty with England, whilst Jamie Harrison is not yet fully fit.

Durham Squad:
Paul Collingwood*
Phil Mustard +
Mark Stoneman
Keaton Jennings
Scott Borthwick
Michael Richardson
Gordon Muchall
John Hastings
Paul Coughlin
Mark Wood
Chris Rushworth
Graham Onions
Max Morley

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