Barker enjoys Durham again
Warwickshire 31 for 1 trail Durham 267 (Stokes 61, Barker 4-41) by 236 runs
Keith Barker continued his habit of performing well against Durham when he took 4 for 41 runs to dismiss the hosts for 267 on the first day at Chester-le-Street.
Warwickshire, who lost the toss, had seven overs to bat and reached 31 for 1 to end the day the happier of the two sides as they seek only their second win of the season. The first came by 318 runs at home to Durham.
Barker struck with the second ball of the day when Mark Stoneman pushed forward and edged to Tim Ambrose. He snared the other opener, Keaton Jennings, shortly after lunch when Jennings spoilt the hard work which had taken him to 33 by hooking to long leg.
Four of the top five reached 30, but only Ben Stokes progressed to a half-century, which he completed off 92 balls by pulling Jeetan Patel for six. But Patel had his revenge when he persuaded Stokes to play on for 61, giving him his third wicket after he had sparked Durham's slide from 163 for 3. Patel finished with 3 for 68 and should have had a fourth wicket as he saw Mark Wood dropped at slip on nought by Rikki Clarke.
Clarke also took three wickets and did more bowling than he might have expected as Boyd Rankin missed the final session through illness.
Rankin, coming on second change in the morning, extracted steep bounce and was unlucky not to take a wicket with both Jennings and Will Smith edging him just wide of gully. Smith made 45 but after putting on 65 with Stokes he pushed forward and edged Patel to slip. Paul Collingwood and Phil Mustard then fell in successive overs.
Collingwood was caught off bat and pad at silly mid-off for 1 and Mustard went for a duck when he played defensively forward and edged Clarke low to first slip.
Wood and Graham Onions put on 43 for the ninth wicket before Barker returned with the new ball and took the last two wickets with successive deliveries. He swung one through Wood's defences to bowl him for 22, then Chris Rushworth drove wide of off-stump and edged to Ambrose.
The ease with which Onions made an unbeaten 22 suggested Durham's total was below par and this seemed to be confirmed when Varun Chopra pulled him for six on his way to 24 not out. His partner, Ian Westwood, fell for 5 in the final over when he miscued a pull off Onions to mid-on.