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August 19, 2012
Nottinghamshire 294 for 8 (Lumb 84, Read 71*) beat Durham 251 (Stoneman 102, Carter 4-45, Mullaney 3-44)
Nottinghamshire hit their highest-ever score in 40-over cricket to defeat Durham by 43 runs in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at Trent Bridge.
Led by a blistering 84 off 51 balls from opener Michael Lumb and an unbeaten 71 from skipper Chris Read, Nottinghamshire raced to 294 for 8 after being put in to bat. Despite the in-form Mark Stoneman hitting his second successive century in the competition, Durham were unable to keep up with the hefty run-rate required and were bowled out for 251.
Fast bowler Andy Carter claimed 4 for 45 - his best figures in List A cricket for Nottinghamshire - while medium-pacer Steven Mullaney accounted for Stoneman for 102, Paul Collingwood and Dale Benkenstein to finish with 3 for 44.
Both sides were all but out of the semi-final places in Group B before the match started but ICC World Twenty20 winner Lumb looked like he had a point to prove ahead of the announcement of England's final 15-man squad to defend their title in Sri Lanka.
The left-hander hit three fours off the fourth over, delivered by Ben Stokes, and launched Chris Rushworth and Mitch Claydon for six as he raced to 50 off 31 balls. Nottinghamshire had reached 77 without loss at the end of their first eight overs and although they lost Alex Hales for 22, bowled by Claydon, Lumb and Riki Wessels smashed 40 off the bowling powerplay that followed.
That Powerplay finished with Lumb hitting Claydon for four consecutive boundaries, before the 32-year-old was then bowled by the Australian-born paceman having struck 14 fours and two sixes in total. Wessels kept up the momentum with 43 from 28 balls, hitting three sixes and four fours, before he holed out to long-on attempting to lift Gareth Breese over the ropes.
Scott Elstone, Samit Patel and Mullaney all fell in the teens as the run-rate dropped but a terrific late assault from Read boosted the score once more - with 69 coming off the last six overs, Read hitting six fours and three sixes.
Durham had a decent start despite losing Phil Mustard to Carter in the third over, and the muscular power of Stokes briefly threatened to keep the visitors in touch.
Stokes reached 34 off 23 balls when he holed out to long-on after Patel and no Durham batsman was then able to give Stoneman - who had hit his first Championship century of the season against the same opposition earlier in the week - the support he needed.
Stoneman slog-swept Mullaney to deep midwicket to end his 90-ball innings, having hit 13 fours, and Carter then returned to mop the tail.
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