Rain thwarts Warwickshire as nearest rivals close in

Warwickshire 310 and 28 for 1 advantage Durham 292 (Stone 7-59) for 46 races
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Warwickshire's attempt to push for victory was seen frustrated by the weather on day three of his Specsavers County Championship game against Durham in Edgbaston.

After heading to lunch at 28 for one, an advantage of 46, the rain started towards the end of the interval and continued throughout the day.

The referees saw an improvement as an inspection at 3.20 pm, but the weather deteriorated and it was not possible to play more, which means that 70 overs were lost.

That will surely cause frustration for Warwickshire as promotion rivals Sussex have already won and Kent will sit in a strong position again Northants.

Jeetan Patel's team must now fight aggressively in the morning to establish a Durham chase and an unlikely victory with only 96 overs available on the last day.

The day started under blue skies with the vis resumed at 224 for 7, 86 behind.

Olly Stone immediately exposed the tail by throwing Paul Collingwood the first ball of the morning for 38, but any expectation from Warwickshire of a considerable lead in the first inning decreased when Barry McCarthy and Salisbury resolutely put 42 between them.

McCarthy was finally fired, caught by lbwr Chris Wright for 43, but Durham was encouraged as they advanced to the first full set of tickets.

Chris Rushworth, the last man in, supported Salisbury in another valuable association of 26 races before Stone attacked with his seventh window to eliminate the stubborn number ten, who had achieved the best score of his career 38, and remove to Durham by 292.

With the conditions getting darker, the Bears faced eleven overs before the interval and saw starter Will Rhodes caught lbw by Rushworth for 16.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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