Brydon Carse enjoys the fun of the fair as Durham turn out Warwickshire’s lights


Durham seal innings victory after dominating visitors at the Riverside

Durham 391 for 9 dec (Lees 129, Young 124, Briggs 4-93) beat Warwickshire 87 (Raine 5-9, Wood 3-28) and 177 (Carse 5-49) by an innings and 127 runs

The funfair arrived in Chester-le-Street this week. If they glimpse its gaudy attractions as they travel home this evening Warwickshire’s cricketers might think them an exercise in irony, the last insult from the worst three days of their season so far. Their innings defeat had looked likely since they collapsed on the first day and Durham’s openers showed them how to bat on a pitch that was testing but never the haunt of vipers Will Rhodes’ batsmen thought it. Nevertheless, the lights and those bloody waltzers were the final insult.

From the upper floors of the Riverside one could see the Ferris wheel, nothing as grand as the London Eye, mark you, but a couple of classes above the one featured in the 1949 film The Third Man. Until Friday morning there were no carriages attached and one wondered if, in keeping with the North East’s reputation for toughness, customers were supposed to hang from the struts. It might have been rather tricky for Harry Lime to give Holly Martins a tutorial in his moral philosophy had those been the conditions in post-war Vienna. But wait, I was going to tell you about Carse, Brydon Carse

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