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June 3, 2012
Durham 310 for 4 (Mustard 100, Stoneman 72) beat Nottinghamshire 219 (Voges 74, Rushworth 5-31) by 91 runs
Phil Mustard and his cousin Chris Rushworth were the stars of Durham's 91-run win against Nottinghamshire in their Clydesdale Bank 40 clash.
Mustard thrashed a century off 66 balls as Durham amassed 310 for 4 after being put in, then Rushworth took all the wickets in reducing the visitors to 43 for 5. The 25-year-old seamer had 5 for 13 at that point, but finished with 5 for 31 as Nottinghamshire were eventually bowled out for 219 after Adam Voges and Paul Franks had fought back.
Playing only because of Graham Onions' latest England call, Rushworth showed the visitors' makeshift attack that there was something in the pitch for anyone who could hit the seam on a fullish length.
He claimed five high-quality scalps, even if the first was handed to him when Michael Lumb tried to pull his first ball and skied to mid-on. Alex Hales got an inside edge on to his stumps, Riki Wessels was clean bowled playing across the line, Samit Patel edged to Mustard and James Taylor was lbw.
Despite their Championship struggles, Durham have now won three out of four in the CB40, and much of the credit for this victory must go to opening pair Mustard and Mark Stoneman after another brilliant partnership at the top of the order. The duo followed their stand of 207 against Scotland last week by putting on 183 inside 23 overs.
Harry Gurney opened up with a maiden and Durham collected only a wide and a leg bye off the first two overs. But the next 10 yielded 100 runs with Franks conceding 37 in three, including two pulled sixes by Stoneman. A reverse sweep for his 10th four off Patel took Mustard to 50 off 37 balls and Stoneman reached the mark off 46 deliveries.
They departed in successive overs with Stoneman going first for 72 when he holed out at long-on off Patel. Mustard fell to the next ball he faced after reaching his hundred, stepping across to work Andy Carter to long leg only to lose his leg stump. Ben Stokes and Gordon Muchall put on 56 at a slower rate before both holed out, then Dale Benkenstein hit an unbeaten 39 off 19 balls as he and Paul Collingwood collected 60 off the last five overs.
The weight of runs was too much for Nottinghamshire, although they did prove their depth of batting with an eighth-wicket stand of 99 between Voges (74) and Franks, who hit three sixes in his 57.
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