Notts roll on thanks to Lumb
Nottinghamshire 156 for 2 (Lumb 96) beat Durham 154 for 4 (Stoneman 51) by eight wickets
Michael Lumb made the highest T20 score by a Nottinghamshire player to help his side to an eight-wicket win over Durham at Chester-le-Street. Lumb fell just four runs short of a deserved century as the Outlaws made it four wins from four by chasing down 154 for 4 with 4.3 overs to spare.
Durham's acting captain Mark Stoneman made his first Twenty20 half-century but his innings was overshadowed by Lumb who hit 14 fours and three sixes in his imperious 53-ball stay. Lumb would have been run out on 14 had Ben Stokes hit the stumps from cover, and on 72 he was dropped by Scott Borthwick when he appeared to be dazzled by the sun running in from deep cover.
Lumb took 30 balls to reach his half-century and was cantering towards three figures, driving Borthwick for his third six, when he went down the track and was stumped. That was off the last ball of the 15th over when only eight were needed to win.
Lumb scored 39 of the first 47 runs before his England opening partner Alex Hales also got going. He made room to hit two fours through the covers in offspinner Ryan Pringle's first over then hit two fours and a six over square leg off Mark Wood's first four balls.
The stand was worth 91 in nine overs when Hales pushed forward and was bowled by off spinner Gareth Breese's first ball.
Skipper David Hussey put Durham in and came on to bowl when they were 81 for one after 11 overs. By the time he had bagged 2 for 23 in four overs of his occasional offspin the hosts had no chance of posting a competitive total.
They had also been throttled by Samit Patel conceding only 16 in his first three overs of left-arm spin, but when he returned for the 19th over Breese got after him. The first ball was lofted over extra cover for six and the Jamaican also found the boundary with a lofted reverse sweep and a straight drive as 18 came off the over.
Stoneman reached 50 off 40 balls but appeared to be bamboozled by Hussey firing the ball in at leg stump from around the wicket. Only three came off his first over and in his second he yorked Stoneman for 51. A similar ball accounted for Borthwick, who made 44 off 37 balls, while the other two wickets both went to Jake Ball. It was only in the 19th over that Durham found any real momentum and their total never looked like being enough.