Durham beat Derbyshire in Royal London Cup to make it 3 wins in a row
Durham made it three wins in a row at home in the Royal London One-Day Cup by defeating Derbyshire by three wickets at Emirates Riverside.
The hosts restricted Derbyshire to 255-8 from their 50 overs due to tight bowling from Ben Raine and James Weighell, who claimed two wickets apiece. Matt Critchley and Tom Lace led the way with the for the visitors, although neither batsman was able to pass fifty.
Durham were measured for the majority of their run chase, despite losing an early wicket. Alex Lees made 55, scoring his third half-century in a row. Michael Richardson (72 not out) saw his side over the line, upping the ante with five sixes to secure the victory for the hosts, leaving them in a strong position in the north group after five matches.
Derbyshire openers Luis Reece and Billy Godleman were prevented from scoring freely, which forced a mistake by Reece as he pulled a delivery from Weighell straight to Graham Clark. Godleman had made three centuries in a row, but his outstanding run was ended when he was caught down the legside for 23 off a delivery from Weighell.
Wayne Madsen looked in prime touch, dispatching two sixes over the rope. However, the arrival of Liam Trevaskis was to end his innings, bowling the South African for 38. Alex Hughes then became the first victim of Scott Steel in List A cricket, slicing the ball straight to Brydon Carse at backward point.
Leus du Plooy and Lace were able to stem the tide. The two players reached their fifty partnership from 52 balls, guiding Derbyshire over 150 in the process. Ben Raine ended their stand as Du Plooy smashed an attempted pull straight to Lees for 32, leaving the visitors five down for 157.
However, Lace continued his impressive knock, and having already reached his highest List A score, the 20-year-old was on course for a fifty before he edged a Salisbury delivery behind to Cameron Bancroft.
Derbyshire were in need of a late surge from the lower order. Critchley provided the power, blasting three sixes in his unbeaten innings of 49 that allowed the visitors to post their highest List A total at Emirates Riverside.
Clark lasted just two deliveries into Durham's reply, slicing a ball from Sam Conners up in the air for Lace to claim with ease. Steel responded to kickstart the innings with a flurry of boundaries. He and Lees put on fifty in 55 deliveries before Steel was run out by a great throw from Conners from short fine leg to the bowler's end for 32.
Lees built his innings steadily with Bancroft before he upped the ante with three boundaries off a Reece over, bringing up the hundred for Durham and the fifty partnership with his skipper. Lees notched his third List A half-century on the bounce before giving his wicket away for 55 tamely driving a Rampaul delivery to Conners.
Rampaul then claimed the major scalp of Bancroft for 45, who edged an attempted hook behind to Harvey Hosein. Richardson and Jack Burnham were able to calm the nerves for the home side, establishing a fifty partnership.
Du Plooy had a huge opportunity to break the stand when Burnham skied a Critchley delivery straight to square leg, but the South African shelled the simple catch.
Burnham capitalised on his second chance, blasting two huge sixes to take his team within touching distance, although he fell for 45 to Lace. There was still time for Trevaskis and Carse to be dismissed before Richardson took control to blast Durham over the line, earning their fourth win in five games in the competition.
Tom Lace - Derbyshire
"It's a shame to lose because we've been playing some nice cricket in the last three or four games. If you said to us you'll only come away with one point from the last two games, we'd feel hard done by given to the way we batted against Yorkshire and again today, although we may have been 20 run short against Durham. We're competing in every game, which is important. We're by no means out of the picture with two winnable games coming up."
James Franklin - Durham
'It's pleasing to win, but they're all one-off events. We've been stressing to the group we have to forget what has been and focus very much on the day ahead and resetting. That's what has been pleasing so far throughout this competition, the guys have taken it one game at a time.
'They've gone out and put their best foot forward and we've been fortunate that so far it's working in our favour. It's all quite closely knit, where one or two wins or losses back-to-back can change the whole dynamic of the group. We know that things are going well, but we cannot afford to let up."
Durham - Scott Steel, Graham Clark, Alex Lees, Cameron Bancroft(c)(wk), Michael Richardson, Jack Burnham, Brydon Carse, Liam Trevaskis, Ben Raine, James Weighell, Matthew Salisbury
Derbyshire - Luis Reece, Billy Godleman(c), Wayne Madsen, Leus du Plooy, Matthew Critchley, Tom Lace, Alex Hughes, Harvey Hosein(wk), Sam Conners, Tony Palladino, Ravi Rampaul
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