Durham knocked out of Royal London one-day Cup as rain ruins Yorkshire clash
Durham were knocked out of the Royal London one-day Cup as rain ruined their final group clash with Yorkshire at Emerald Headingley.
Durham had reached 182 for two in 34.2 overs when the weather intervened for a second time shortly after 3.30pm, with Scott Steel hitting 68 and Alex Lees 51 not out against the county he left late last summer.
Unfortunately for the visitors, however, they were unable to get back onto the field and had to settle for a No Result and a point, which wasn’t enough to secure a top three finish in the North Group.
It means that Lancashire have qualified for the knockout rounds later this week in third place behind Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire.
There was also frustration for England fast bowler Mark Wood, who failed to get onto the field during his first scheduled appearance of the summer as his fitness continues to be managed ahead of the World Cup.
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Yorkshire were already out of contention for qualification and missed out for the first time in six years.
Durham were going nicely and on course for a total in excess of 300 against an inexperienced Vikings side including List A debutants Tom Loten and Ben Birkhead - both Academy players - and young seamer Jared Warner.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore was captaining Yorkshire for the first time in a competitive match and elected to bowl upon winning the toss.
In posting an unbeaten 51, left-handed Lees reached 50 for the fifth successive 50-over innings, including a century.
Ben Raine, who hit a leg-side six in 32, and Steel shared 55 inside seven overs for the first wicket before the former edged Tim Bresnan behind down the leg-side.
Bresnan returned the pick of the home figures, conceding only 36 in 10 overs, and added the second wicket of Steel when he pulled to deep square-leg in the 28th over (159 for two).
Lees launched Jack Leaning’s off-spin for six over long-on early in his innings and was particularly strong on the drive as he reminded his former employers of his capabilities.
Steel reached his fifty off 70 balls and Lees off 63 as they shared 109 inside 21 overs for the second wicket. Cameron Bancroft later pulled a six off Josh Poysden in 18 not out.
Following a near two-and-a-half-hour rain delay from 1.05pm, with the score at 179 for two from 33.1 overs, Durham innings was cut short to 36 overs. But there was only time for seven more balls before rain returned to end the innings.
Yorkshire rested Adam Lyth, Gary Ballance, Jonny Tattersall, captain Steve Patterson and South African fast bowler Duanne Olivier having had their qualification hopes dashed with defeat at Worcestershire on Saturday.
Added to the trio of List A debutants, Will Fraine was also making his Yorkshire senior debut.
The game was abandoned just after 5.30pm.
Yorkshire stand-in captain Tom Kohler-Cadmore
“Today, we got more positives out of that. The weather beat us today, but I felt we were good with the ball and in the field. Energy levels were what we wanted and what we spoke about at the start of the day.
“Everything we set out to do, we nailed. We would have liked more wickets, but Durham played well.
“Tim Bresnan set the tone brilliantly for us.
“We did slightly different things to what we’d normally do as a side. We bowled Jack Leaning a bit more, taking more of a punt with spin instead of relying on our seamers.
“Jack bowled really nicely.
“It shows we have more options later on in the year for T20.
“It was a great honour to be captain. I really enjoyed it. I even woke up early this morning with excitement, which is a first for me!
“The lads who came in and made their debuts, I thought they performed nicely. They weren’t under too much pressure and felt like they could express themselves.”
Durham’s Mark Wood, who was travelling down to London to link up with England’s one-day squad immediately after the game.
“I’ve been looking to be ready to go for the World Cup and not too early. It’s just been really frustrating the last couple of games. I wish I had played more for Durham, but that’s the way the cards have been dealt.
“It was a big game for us today, and I was up for it to try and help us over the line. But you can’t help the British weather!
Durham lead high performance coach James Franklin
“As cricketers, we know the weather can have the last laugh. And we’ve had that today.
“It’s frustrating, but it’s one of those things you can’t control.
“I still think we can be proud of how we’ve gone about our cricket in this competition. To win four out of the six completed matches, it’s progress for this team considering where we were last year in the competition.
“Fortune favours Lancashire in this instance being able to get that one extra win. Them’s the breaks, there’s nothing we can do about it now.”
Yorkshire - Tom Kohler-Cadmore(c), Will Fraine, Harry Brook, Jack Leaning, Tom Loten, Tim Bresnan, Jordan Thompson, Ben Birkhead(wk), Mathew Pillans, Jared Warner, Josh Poysden
Durham - Scott Steel, Alex Lees, Cameron Bancroft(c)(wk), Michael Richardson, Jack Burnham, Liam Trevaskis, Gareth Harte, Ben Raine, Matthew Potts, Mark Wood, Brydon Carse
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