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Bears can't wait to get back to Championship title push; CRICKET REPORTER.

Byline: Brian Halford

AS if Warwickshire's Twenty20 campaign could possibly get any more exciting, County Championship leaders Durham will tonight visit Edgbaston for only the second time in that format.

The two teams, placed third and first in the Championship First Division table, have their eyes firmly set on English cricket's biggest domestic prize this season - but first they must discharge the final throes of the seemingly interminable T20 north group.

It seems like a lifetime ago that they met at Chester-le-Street to launch the group on June 2. When the Bears won well that evening and followed up with another excellent victory over Yorkshire in Leeds next day, their prospects appeared good.

They could not maintain the pace though and as Warwickshire's form flagged and the crowds, home and away, have dwindled in the light of T20s's dying appeal, not all of the entertainment had been high. Some Bears fans may decide, after careful thought, that 'Delphi: The bellybutton of the ancient world' (BBC4 8pm) is a better bet tonight.

Those who attend would be happy enough with a similar spectacle to last year's T20 visit by Durham, a runfest in which the Bears piled up 200 but still lost. Ian Blackwell and Ross Taylor blasted 113 from 58 balls to lift their side to 215. Ian Bell then replied with 85 from 47 balls but Warwickshire fell 15 runs short.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 11, 2011
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