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Durham denied chance to break duck

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No play was possible on the final day of the LV= County Championship Division One game between Durham and Warwickshire at the Emirates Durham ICG, denying the hosts the chance of their first win of the season in the competition.

Warwickshire took six points from the match to return to the top of the table, for the time being five points ahead of second-placed Nottinghamshire - who are also on course for a rain-ruined draw this week.

Emirates Durham ICG rain

Rain prevented play on the final day of the Division One game between Durham and Warwickshire at the Emirates Durham ICG

Durham, who picked up eight points, were 227 runs ahead with three wickets standing in their second innings, but have now arrived at the halfway stage of their programme at the foot of the table with only 36 points. At the same point last season, they had 139.

While Durham coach Geoff Cook was delighted with the performance of Sunderland seamer Chris Rushworth, who took his maiden first-class five-wicket haul, he also praised the bravery of nightwatchman Jamie Harrison.

The 21-year-old Sedbergh School product was sent in to perform the role in both innings and survived for 75 minutes in tough conditions on the third morning to make 23.

Cook, who worked with the left-arm bowler on his batting during the winter, said: "Jamie has a lot of character and he has enjoyed the opportunity to play at this level.

"There were questions about his batting 12 months ago but he has gone away and worked hard at it. He has some bravery and he has a defence now. He is also starting to put one or two shots together."

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