Durham v Lancashire, Royal London Cup, North Group, Chester-le-Street May 16, 2017

Vilas century can't disguise bleak outcome

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Lancashire 304 for 8 (Vilas 108, Davies 50, Collingwood 3-43) beat Durham 276 for 9 (Richardson 58, Jarvis 3-42) by 28 runs

Dane Vilas' hundred could not assauge Lancashire's disappointment © Getty Images

South African Dane Vilas's second century of the series allowed Lancashire to win their final Royal London Cup group game by 28 runs against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

But neither side made progress. Durham could have gone ahead of Nottinghamshire into third place, but the one point the Outlaws gained from the washout at Northampton ended Lancashire's hopes.

Paul Collingwood's three wickets saw Lancashire stumble to 126 for 4 after a good start, but Vilas's onslaught helped them to gather 135 runs from the last 15 overs, compared with 76 off the previous 15.

The second 50 in his 83-ball century came off 26 balls and his fifth-wicket stand of 118 in 16 overs with Steven Croft proved crucial.

Excellent bowling from left-arm spinner George Harding, as well as Collingwood, put the brakes on Lancashire after they were put in and got off to a flier.

Paul Coughlin, otherwise expensive, made the breakthrough on 59 after Karl Brown clubbed him for six and four in the tenth over then miscued to mid-off.

Haseeb Hameed and Liam Livingstone both fell to Collingwood. Extra bounce surprised Hameed, who steered to a wide slip, and after settling in sensibly Livingstone went for a big hit and skied to deep mid-on.

Opener Alex Davies played strongly off the back foot in reaching 50 off 54 balls but then lobbed a slower ball from Collingwood to mid-wicket.

Vilas and Croft progressed quietly for ten overs before the floodgates opened in the 37th, bowled by Coughlin. Vilas scooped him over the wicketkeeper for four as 14 came off the over and the return of Chris Rushworth was greeted by two pulls for four either side of a straight driven six.

Croft departed for 41, bowled when trying to sweep Harding, but Ryan McLaren helped to maintain the momentum until he sliced James Weighell to deep cover in the 49th over.

Weighell's next ball, a slow full toss, bowled Vilas for 108, providing some solace after the bowler began the over with none for 67. Like Coughlin, he dropped short too often.

Lancashire did not make the same mistake. The accuracy of Kyle Jarvis was rewarded when he knocked back Keaton Jennings' off stump then Stephen Cook edged James Anderson to slip.

Graham Clark contributed 32 to a stand of 57 in ten overs with Michael Richardson before picking up Danny Lamb to deep square leg, where Brown back-pedalled to hold a one-handed catch high to his right.

On 35, Richardson had to send for a runner and shortly afterwards Collingwood was slow to respond after playing the ball to short third man. He was run out for 20, and Richardson went for broke, taking 16 off an over from Anderson before inside-edging Stephen Parry into his stumps for 58.

There were brief flurries from all the middle order and the last-wicket pair added 44. But Durham never looked likely to get close.

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  • rokerb4310721 on May 18, 2017, 16:04 GMT

    Now here's a thing from a Durham perspective. Were it not for the points deduction we'd have qualified in 3rd place. Looking at south table we've outperformed Surrey who finished third in their group & who go through.

    These ECB penalties just keep on giving regardless of the format. Thanks chaps.

  • andy182302054 on May 17, 2017, 18:13 GMT

    It is disappointing that we have not made it to the next stage. However I think the performances​ this year are definitely an improvement on the previous two seasons. It does feel our bowling attack has been the weaker part of the team and under performed in defending a good score against Leicestershire​ and nothants. Hopefully a good performance when the T20 kicks in later.

  • Cricinfouser on May 16, 2017, 21:41 GMT

    Ok chaps sorry about the departure from 50 overs tournament but the Red Rose team have a mighty challenge ahead this week as the Roses match looms at EOT. Ignore the forecast and get down to the game. Hopefully HDBirds'seat on the 1864 balcony has been polished in readiness.

  • Cricinfouser on May 16, 2017, 21:17 GMT

    Well all that for no gain except bragging rights for the Red Rose and a boost to morale for the arrival of those Tykes at EOT on Friday. Only barely halfway thru May and we r out of the running for another year. Will there even be another 50 over tournament next year? Never mind boys our support is gearing up for the weekend.

  • Sudip on May 16, 2017, 21:01 GMT

    In the end despite the superb effort by Dane Vilas here and against Worcestershire, the bowlers let Lancashire down. Truth be said it was jimmy Andersons costly over in the first game v Leicestershire at old Trafford which was pivotal in Lancashire failing ( narrowly ) to qualify for the 1/4s for the second season , Anderson conceded more than 10 runs in his penultimate over against tail ender Zak Chappell and handing the opponents the victory . If we had held our nerve at the death ,lancs would be in the last eight . They made a fist of it for a change unlike the meek surrender under Giles in 2016. Glen Chapple will be disappointed but also encouraged by the performances of Vilas,Croft ( at long last) Lamb and Parry . On to the four day Roses clash .

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