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April 15, 2012
Nottinghamshire 161 and 335 beat Durham 129 and 253 by 114 runs
Nottinghamshire were held up by rain and further defiance from Durham's last pair before clinching their second win from two games in the County Championship by 114 runs.
Needing to take one wicket on the final day they were driven back to the pavilion by rain after just two overs. And, following a 30-minute break, No. 11 batsman Mitch Claydon proceeded to his maiden half-century to keep Durham's slim hopes of victory alive.
The Australian's previous best for Durham was 40 out of an all-out total of 114 against Lancashire at Old Trafford in 2008. Claydon was sent in below Graham Onions, who was dropped in the slips by Nottinghamshire after they claimed the extra half hour on the third evening.
Resuming on 18, with the total on 203 for 9, Claydon took 10 off Andy Carter's opening over today. The visitors persisted with Carter even though Claydon kept clattering him to the boundary.
Andre Adams was also unable to grab the scalp he wanted to complete a five-wicket haul and eventually made way for the left-arm spin of Samit Patel. There were eight fours in Claydon's 53-ball half-century, but after 50 runs had been added he was caught at long-on by Luke Fletcher off Patel for 55.
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