Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Durham Are Left to Mull over a One-Day Collapse

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Durham Are Left to Mull over a One-Day Collapse

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STEVEN Mullaney smashed a career-best 124 and then took two key wickets as Nottinghamshire beat Durham by 31 runs in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Notts' skipper guided his team out of trouble from 73-5 to a competitive total of 255 before he removed Michael Richardson (68) and Stuart Poynter in successive overs to spark a Durham collapse.

Victory leaves the holders on course for a quarter-final berth with one game left to play.

The visitors were inserted by Durham skipper Tom Latham and Mark Wood got his side off to the perfect start by clean bowling Riki Wessels off the first ball of the innings.

Alex Hales struggled to get going and was caught looking to break the shackles by Richardson.

The introduction of Gareth Harte paid dividends as Tom Moores nicked off behind for 23, while Matt Dixon had Samit Patel caught at fine leg.

Ross Taylor looked in good form as he scored a brisk 25 but then played on to a Harte delivery to put the home side in the ascendancy.

Mullaney and Chris Nash were able to stabilise the innings by knocking the ball around the ground.

The duo were steady in their approach, putting on a 50 partnership in 92 deliveries.

Ryan Pringle ended the stand with a turning delivery to dismiss Nash lbw for 40, while Billy Root followed cheaply. However, Mullaney remained composed at the crease to notch his 50 before upping the ante towards the end of the innings.

The Notts skipper reached a century off 111 deliveries and pushed on in the final over to reach his highest List A score, hitting Dixon for three straight sixes before he was caught by Richardson for 124.

The home side's reply began poorly as Cameron Steel edged behind to hand Jake Ball his 100th List A wicket.

Graham Clark and Richardson built a steady partnership, putting on 50 off 80 deliveries.

Samit Patel dropped Clark off his own bowling but returned in the following over to dismiss the opener for 36.

Latham arrived at the crease with an attacking intent. He found the rope four times and also scored a six - but was then out tamely to Nash for 28.

Will Smith joined Richardson in the middle and the in-form duo reached their 50 partnership at a brisk pace. …

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