Rob Yates stars with century but Ben Stokes, Ben Raine lead Durham fightback


Warwickshire bowled out for 237 after afternoon collapse to Durham seamers

Durham 20 for 1 trail Warwickshire 237 (Yates 102, Raine 3-51, Stokes 3-55) by 217 runs

An accomplished century from Rob Yates led Warwickshire’s resistance of an impressive Durham seam attack on the second day of the LV= Insurance County Championship match at Edgbaston.

Academy product Yates struck 102 (239 balls, 11 fours) but Durham ended the day ascendant after bowling the Group A leaders out for 237.

The 21-year-old added 56 with Pieter Malan and 74 with Sam Hain as the Bears reached a solid 221 for 4, but the bowlers stuck to their task to take the last six wickets for 16 runs in 52 balls. Ben Stokes took 3 for 55, his first championship wickets since July 2018, and Ben Raine 3 for 51. Durham then replied with 20 for 1 in seven overs before the close.

After Durham chose to bowl, a superb new-ball spell from Matty Potts brought the wicket of England’s Dom Sibley when a rapid leg-cutter took the edge through to wicketkeeper Ned Eckersley.

Yates and Malan (31, 51 balls, five fours) saw off the new ball before the latter tickled a leg-side delivery from Brydon Carse to the keeper.

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