Skipper Tom Latham led from the front as Durham continued to climb the North Group table with their second successive away victory – a 34-run thrashing of Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. The visitors posted a strong 184 form their allotted overs, riding on the captain’s unbeaten 98, and then shot down the home side for just 150 in reply, in 18 overs, to claim their third win of the competition.
Asked to bat first, Graham Clark and Latham quickly posted a 50 opening stand at 10 an over before the former departed with a contribution of 33 off 20 balls. Latham then took charge even as batsmen at the other end failed to convert their starts. He went past his fifty just after Paul Collingwood was dismissed, and then lost two more partners in quick succession before turning things around in the 16th over.
Latham struck three boundaries and a six off Daniel Christian’s over that went for 20 over and shifted the momentum back in Durham’s favour. He kept at it, marching towards what would have been a fine hundred had he not lost strike to Stuart Poynter in the final over. The skipper finished unbeaten on 98 off 55 deliveries, though not before giving his bowlers a more than healthy total to defend.
The Notts didn’t seem in trouble for as long as the openers were in the middle. Riki Wessels and Steven Mullaney put on 67 in the five overs of powerplay before being separated. But Wessels’s wicket opened the floodgates as both openers fell within a space of five deliveries and the middle order caved. Skipper Christian, who hit a valiant 21-ball 32, found very little support at the other end as his team crashed to 150. Collingwood was the pick of the bowlers for Durham with figures of 3 for 24 while Imran Tahir, James Weighell and Nathan Rimmington all bagged two scalps apiece in the 34-run victory..
Brief scores: Durham 184/5 in 20 overs (Tom Latham 98, Graham Clark 33; Harry Gurney 2-23) beat Nottinghamshire 150 all out in 18 overs (Riki Wessels 43, Daniel Christian 32; Paul Collingwood 3-25) by 34 runs.
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