Lancashire drop to 87-run defeat at Durham
Sean Dickson and Luke Doneathy rescued Durham with a record seventh-wicket century partnership and the hosts went on to win comfortably by 87 runs against Lancashire in the Royal London Cup at Gosforth.
This second defeat leaves Lancashire almost certainly needing to win their final two games if they are to qualify for the knock-out stages of the competition.
Lancashire had Durham in trouble on 171-6 after one ball of the 34th over but both batsmen hit career-best one-day scores to steer the hosts to 327-6 with an exceptional alliance of 156 from 101 balls-the highest for any wicket by Durham against Lancashire in one-day cricket-that included ten blows over the ropes to completely transform the game.
And Doneathy turned in a fine all-round performance to claim four wickets as the Red Rose reply fell well short despite half-centuries from Josh Bohannon and Rob Jones.
With Keaton Jennings out injured Lancashire opened their reply with Bohannon and Luke Wells and they had reached 43 without loss from the 10 over powerplay before Wells was caught by Graham Clark at extra cover driving at Matt Salisbury for 22 who then removed Steven Croft for 6 caught at mid-on.
Bohannon flicked Chris Rushworth for six and took three boundaries from the 16th over by Paul van Meekeran to keep the score moving along. He then hammered Doneathy for a second six in reaching his half-century off 55 balls before falling for 52 after giving a return catch to the same bowler from the first ball of 21st over.
Jones struck two sixes in quick succession as Lancashire reached the 25-over mark on 122-3 while George Lavelle hit left-arm spinner Liam Trevaskis for consecutive sixes and pulled Rushworth over the head of the deep square leg fielder for another.
It was fine effort by Red Rose wicketkeeper Lavelle whose one-day best innings of 38 off 34 balls ended when he was well caught by Salisbury at mid-on off Rushworth to end an excellent partnership of 89 in 12 overs.
Jones reached his half-century off 50 balls and was going well until he was unluckily bowled off his pads for 65 by van Meekeran with Lancashire 203-5 after 37 overs.
But the innings fell away quickly from that point. Balderson edged van Meekeran to wicketkeeper Cameron Bancroft for 13 and Doneathy followed with two quick wickets to send back Danny Lamb and Tom Bailey.
Taylor Cornall hit two sixes on his one-day debut to finish unbeaten on 23 but after Hurt was bowled by Scott Borthwick, Doneathy wrapped things up by bowling Jack Morley in the 45th over with Lancashire 240 all out.
Until Dickson and Doneathy’s batting heroics Lancashire had generally enjoyed the better of the day after Tom Bailey had won the toss.
The loss of three early wickets pegged Durham back after the hosts had made a bright start with Clark and Alex Lees taking 45 from the first eight overs.
But the dangerous Clark, who had already scored two centuries and one fifty in the competition this season, was trapped lbw for 21 by Bailey and three balls later Borthwick misjudged a second run and was beaten by Hurt’s fine throw from the boundary.
Lamb then had Durham skipper Bancroft trapped in front for 3 with the home side 63-3 at the start of the 14th over.
Opener Lees and David Bedingham rebuilt with a good 80-run partnership in 12 overs, both reaching their half-centuries from 62 and 40 balls respectively.
Each batsman had hit Morley for six in the 24th over but the young left-arm spinner hit back by having Lees lbw for 59 in his next over with Durham 144-4 just past the halfway stage of their innings.
And Hurt struck to remove Bedingham for 60, taking a return catch after the batsman played too soon at a pitched up delivery to round off a fine second four-over spell of 1-7.
Morley trapped Trevaskis lbw for 2 to leave Durham on 171-6 but home side revived their innings in some style once Dickson and Doneathy came together.
Both hit some lusty blows to reach their half-centuries in the same 45th over, Doneathy from 42 balls and Dickson taking 56, but Dickson took over from that point going on to reach an impressive century from the fifth ball of the final over and finishing unbeaten on 103 from 76 balls having smashed 5 sixes and 9 fours.
Doneathy also hit 5 sixes plus 3 fours in his 69 not out with 126 runs coming from the final ten overs and Lancashire were left to rue dropping both batsmen just after each had reached their fifties.
The remaining two group games for the Red Rose are at Emirates Old Trafford against Worcestershire on Sunday and Essex next Thursday (August 12th).
Rob Jones said: "Obviously they got away from us towards the back end of the innings.
“They got fifty too many from our perspective, but we were confident that we could chase it down at the half-way stage.
“Unfortunately for us we lost wickets at regular intervals, which is where we lost the game.
“It's pleasing that I was able to contribute again, but I just want to win the game.
“I've got to the stage where I've got to 60 and 70, but I've not been able to kick on which is frustrating.
“Hopefully in the next two games, if I get that opportunity I can kick on and it see it all the way."
Photos: Barry Mitchell & Luke Adams