Durham finish on high
Durham briefly moved level on points with Warwickshire at the LV= County Championship summit when they completed their eighth win of the season by beating Worcestershire by 151 runs, 15 minutes after lunch at the Emirates Durham ICG.
But the 2008 and 2009 champions knew they would finish below Warwickshire, who already had nine wins going into the last round of matches.
It was Worcestershire’s 11th defeat in 16 games, making their Division One survival all the more remarkable, and they subsided swiftly after reaching 128 for two in pursuit of 365.
Despite a late flourish from Richard Jones, who hit Ian Blackwell for two sixes and a four in one over, the visitors were all out for 213.
Resuming on 65 for two, James Cameron and Moeen Ali played well for the first hour, defying the best efforts of Graham Onions.
The paceman was clearly riled by the defiance of the left-handed Cameron, who survived a confident lbw appeal just before edging just short of first slip on 38.
After successfully settling into the opener’s role in late season, Cameron confirmed that he is also capable of quality strokes.
Onions had done the softening up and Mitchell Claydon cashed in with two wickets in his second over.
Shortly after lofting Blackwell sweetly over long-on for six, Moeen fell for 38 when he edged a drive to Michael Di Venuto at second slip and three balls later Alexei Kervezee edged to Phil Mustard.
Then Blackwell turned one into Cameron to have him lbw on the back foot for 47.
Gareth Andrew clearly had no intention of hanging around and Blackwell bowled him through a reverse-sweep for 15.
Matt Pardoe made 27 before edging Blackwell to slip. Then leg-spinner Scott Borthwick found extra bounce to locate Ben Scott’s top edge as he shaped to turn to leg and a simple catch lobbed to backward square-leg.
Kemar Roach wafted at the first ball after lunch, edging to slip, and Borthwick claimed his third wicket when last man Alan Richardson drove to mid-on.