Lewis Latest: Defeat Is A 'Jolt' To The System

Lewis Latest: Defeat Is A

Jon Lewis saw his side suffer just a second defeat of the season against Warwickshire

Durham Head Coach Jon Lewis admitted that the heavy defeat to Warwickshire came as a "jolt" to his team.

The men from the Midlands romped to victory by an innings and 188 runs inside three days to inflict just a second loss of the season on last year's champions.

A century from Sam Hain was backed up by outstanding bowling performances from Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel to leave Durham seventh in the table, 11 points above the relegation zone.

It was an uncharacteristic performance from Lewis' men, but the 44-year-old offered no excuses when he spoke to durhamccc.co.uk after the close of play.

"It needs a bit of a jolt I think because the performance was pretty poor" Lewis conceded.

"It wasn't good enough in any aspect of batting, bowling or fielding really for three days. It was a bit of a jolt and we need to respond and react to it"

Just a week previously, the team had shown plenty of determination as they batted for 113 overs to force a draw against Yorkshire.

The batsmen couldn't recreate those heroics against Warwickshire unfortunately, as Durham crashed from 75-2 to 80-7 in the space of 23 balls.

A first defeat by an innings margin since 2010 was confirmed when Mark Wood was bowled by Boyd Rankin.

"If you go back just a week, we were in a tricky situation at Yorkshire and it was definitely character and mental strength that got us through there so that doesn't change in a week"

"I'm not too concerned about the character, it's just our cricket hasn't been good enough this week" added the former Durham opening batsman.

"It's pretty quiet (in the dressing room) at the moment, which is understandable as well. I don't mind the lads being quiet at the moment because they're hurting and if they weren't hurting then there would be a problem"

Despite obvious disappointment in the camp, one home player to emerge with credit from the game was John Hastings.

The big Australian now has 20 championship wickets from five appearances after a return of 5-94 in the Warwickshire defeat, and he scored a second half-century for Durham during his side's first innings.

Hastings has also been in fine form during the NatWest T20 Blast competition and is proving to be a very important member of the squad.

"John's done brilliantly this week in an otherwise ordinary performance"

"His bowling is wholehearted and it's skilful as well and without a character like Stokes it's good to have someone like him who is a very, very strong man that keeps coming all day"

"Irrespective of whether the pitch is offering him much or not and irrespective of whether the pitch is soft or hard, he just keeps coming and thats a great asset for us as a side"

"With the bat, he's more than contributing. He's making runs quite regularly and they're attractive runs too so it's good for the supporters to watch"

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