Section: One-Day Cup

One-Day Cup: Final: Durham beat Warwickshire

Durham kept their heads in a tense finish as they beat Warwickshire by three wickets to win the One-Day Cup.

Bears skipper Varun Chopra made 64 as the Bears, having lost the toss and been put in, were dismissed cheaply in bowler-friendly conditions for 165.

Opener Mark Stoneman’s 52 rescued Durham from 12-2 before spinner Jeetan Patel took 4-25 to give the Bears hope.

But Ben Stokes (38) and Gareth Breese (15) restored calm to get home on 166-7 with more than nine overs in hand.

Breese, one of only three survivors from Durham’s only previous one-day final appearance (their Friends Provident Trophy win over Hampshire in 2007), struck the winning runs in what was likely to be his final appearance for the county.

He had also contributed wonderfully with the ball earlier in the day, taking 3-30 from seven overs.

But man of the match Stokes was even more influential. After returning figures of 2-25 with the ball, despite two dropped catches, he kept a cool head with the bat in a nail-biting finale that was in marked contrast to his heroic semi-final innings, when he blasted 164 off 113 balls to see off Notts.

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One-Day Cup: Warwickshire ease past Kent to reach Lord’s final

Warwickshire kept their nerve to ease through to the One-Day Cup final with a six-wicket victory over Kent.

Despite a late burst from Sam Billings, who made an unbeaten 40, Kent’s 215-8 never looked enough at Edgbaston.

England paceman Boyd Rankin again bowled very menacingly to finish with man of the match figures of 3-34.

Half centuries by Jonathan Trott (58), Varun Chopra (50) and Tim Ambrose (51 not out) then all helped the hosts home on 219-4, with 21 balls to spare.

The Bears’ victory keeps alive their hopes of doing the treble – 20 years on from Edgbaston’s class of 1994 doing the same.

Having won the T20 Blast on their own ground less than a fortnight ago, Dougie Brown’s Bears will now face the winners of Saturday’s Durham-Nottinghamshire semi-final at Lord’s on 20 September.

But they remain outsiders in the County Championship, 33 points adrift of leaders Yorkshire with two games left.

It took the big-hitting skills of Billings to elevate the Kent innings to a total worthy of defending.

At 161-8, after the fall of three quick wickets, the visitors looked like they might not even complete their 50 overs.

But Billings hit four fours and a six, sharing an unbroken 59-run stand with tail-ender David Griffiths.

Warwickshire then quickly lost William Porterfield in reply, before a 110-run second-wicket stand between Chopra and Trott.

Both went in quick succession as 120-1 became 132-3.

Trott carved to backward point off Griffiths, who had just dropped him on 54 at mid-on, then Chopra was trapped lbw by spinner Adam Riley.

But experience told as Ambrose got the innings back on course in the company of Laurie Evans, who weighed in with 24 to add to his three earlier catches, one of them a one-handed stunner to remove Alex Blake.

And, after being joined by the reassuring presence of Rikki Clarke, it was Warwickshire wicketkeeper Ambrose who hoisted the winning boundary, just short of the ropes at midwicket.

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One-Day Cup: Kent prove too strong for Gloucestershire

Kent booked their place in the One-Day Cup semi-finals with a 24-run victory over Gloucestershire.

After the hosts lost Rob Key and Ben Harmison cheaply, Sam Northeast (78) and Fabian Cowdrey (51) put on 106.

Sam Billings added 61 but Kent slipped from 215-4 in the 43rd over to 242 all out as David Payne finished with 5-44.

Chris Dent (40) led a positive reply but Gloucestershire lost their way and, despite Will Gidman (39) giving them hope, they were dismissed for 218.

Kent will now travel to Edgbaston to meet Warwickshire on Thursday, 4 September in the last four for the right to earn a place at Lord’s, while the other semi-final sees Durham host Nottinghamshire two days later.

The hosts were inspired by Billings’ 36-ball innings as he hit three sixes and seven fours to put his side in a position for a big score with six overs remaining, but Gloucestershire fought back well to take the final six wickets in 37 balls.

In reply, William Tavare (19) and Dent put on 46 for the first wicket in 8.2 overs and Gareth Roderick added 43, but the visitors then slumped to 125-6.

A seventh-wicket stand of 53 between Will Gidman and Benny Howell (33) briefly raised Gloucestershire’s hopes, but Harmison (3-40) and David Griffiths (2-36) helped mop up the tail order and Kent could celebrate a semi-final place.

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Cricket: One-Day Cup: Alex Hales & James Taylor earn Notts record win

England hopefuls Alex Hales and James Taylor each hit a One-Day Cup century to steer Nottinghamshire to a record-breaking win over Middlesex.

Rain reduced Notts’ innings to 45 overs and Hales made 141 before Taylor hit the final ball for six to reach 100 not out and take the visitors to 368-2.

It was the best List A total at Lord’s, beating Hampshire’s 353-8 in 2005.

Further rain cut the Middlesex target to 158 off 16 overs but Harry Gurney took 4-16 to bowl them out for just 80.

With the World Cup exactly six months away, Hales seemed intent to press home his claims of deserving a starting place and despite only making 15 off his first 20 balls, the right-handed batsman reached his half-century off 43 deliveries and required just a further 30 to convert it into his second century in the competition.

The 25-year-old dispatched Harry Podmore for four to bring up Notts’ 200 off just 162 balls and shared a county one-day record opening stand of 217 with Michael Lumb (81) before eventually holing out to Neil Dexter at cover off David Malan, with Hales having hit a century of his runs in boundaries.

Following Lumb’s departure, Samit Patel (37 not out) and Taylor added 122 runs in the remaining 8.3 over, with the latter reaching his ton off just 55 balls.

Taylor’s maximum off the final ball saw him match the joint-highest number of sixes in an innings in the tournament, with seven, alongside Leicestershire’s Niall O’Brien.

A monumental downpour just five balls into Middlesex’s reply delayed play for 90 minutes and the hosts lost a wicket immediately after the restart as Luke Fletcher (1-7) had Stirling caught by Riki Wessels at slip.

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Cricket: One-Day Cup: Leics defeat Worcs to keep alive quarter-final hopes

Leicestershire completed a 16-run One-Day Cup victory over Worcestershire under the Duckworth/Lewis method to keep alive their quarter-final hopes.

Heavy rain in the morning saw the match reduced to 34 overs per side.

Shiv Thakor took 4-49 for the hosts but a 104-run second-wicket partnership between Daryl Mitchell and Tom Fell (73) helped the visitors post 202-9.

In response, Greg Smith (34 not out) saw Leicestershire reach 93-2 off 15.4 overs before rain ended the match.

After Leicestershire won the toss and chose to bowl, both sets of players were forced to leave the field before the first ball was bowled as an unexpected burst of heavy rain interrupted proceedings.

When the players finally made it back out on to the field an impressive knock of 73 off 61 balls from Fell, which included 12 fours, held Worcestershire’s innings together as Thakor, Charlie Shreck (2-26) and Ollie Freckingham (2-38) stifled the rest of the batsmen.

Although Charles Morris (1-19) and Joe Leach (1-25) reduced the home side to 45-2 early on in their reply, five fours from Smith ensured Leicestershire were well ahead of the D/L par score before rain intervened again.

Victory for the hosts means they can still qualify for the quarter-finals with just one spot in Group A remaining to be decided.

Leicestershire moved into fourth place on seven points and are away to Lancashire in their final match on Thursday, while Derbyshire sit in fifth place with six points and entertain third-placed Gloucestershire at the same time.

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Cricket: One-Day Cup: Yorkshire crush Derbyshire to reach quarter-finals

Yorkshire sealed a quarter-final place in the One-Day Cup with a 10-wicket win over Derbyshire at Scarborough.

The visitors were all out for just 151, with Rich Pyrah (3-25) and Adil Rashid (3-45) the most successful bowlers.

Yorkshire openers Adam Lyth (67) and Alex Lees (69) knocked off the runs in 29.3 overs either side of lunch.

Derbyshire’s cause was not helped by paceman Mark Footitt being ordered out of the attack for bowling a beamer and three bouncers in the same over.

Umpires Peter Hartley and Mark Benson took action against the left-armer, who signed a new contract with the county earlier this week, in the ninth over and Marcus North had to complete it by bowling the final delivery.

Earlier, England’s Tim Bresnan (2-30) removed Wes Durston and North in his first two overs with the new ball and after reaching 73-3, Derbyshire then lost Billy Godleman (36), caught at point by Lyth, and Scott Elstone to successive deliveries from Pyrah.

Only Alex Hughes offered much resistance thereafter, making 43 off 76 balls before holing out at deep mid-wicket off Steve Patterson (2-27), who brought the innings to an end with the final ball of the 41st over as he yorked last man Footitt.

Facing such a low target, Lyth and Lees were able to play pressure-free cricket as they took the score to 64-0 at the interval.

Lyth was quickest to fifty, taking 63 deliveries as opposed to 66 for his partner, and hit a six and eight fours during his innings, but it was Lees who ended the game with a four off Ben Cotton, the 10th of his innings.

Yorkshire’s victory was their fifth from seven games played so far and ensured they will be in the last eight irrespective of the result from their final group fixture away at Hampshire on 21 August.

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Cricket: One-Day Cup: Rudolph ton sees Glamorgan beat Somerset

Jacques Rudolph’s century in the One-Day Cup helped Glamorgan claim a 95-run victory over Somerset at Taunton.

The South African made 111 as Glamorgan posted 289-6 from a reduced 47 overs, with Rudolph sharing a 118-run third-wicket partnership with Murray Goodwin.

Tim Groenewald (1-43) had Rudolph caught on the mid-wicket boundary while Lewis Gregory took an impressive 4-48.

Chasing 303 (D/L), Peter Trego made 45 but Michael Hogan’s 3-19 saw Somerset bowled out for just 207 in 40 overs.

Having won the toss and chosen to field, Somerset had Glamorgan in trouble early on as Gregory had Jim Allenby caught at first slip for a duck off the final ball of his first over, reducing the away side to 2-1.

However, Rudolph steadied the ship and alongside his century stand with Goodwin (62), the 33-year-old shared an 84-run fourth-wicket partnership with Chris Cooke (60).

A short rain delay momentarily had Rudolph stuck on 99 not out but following the resumption of play, which saw the match reduced to 47 overs per side, the left-handed batsman completed his second century of the tournament off 121 balls.

In response, Marcus Trescothick (25) and Nick Compton (9) shared a 40-run first-wicket partnership, the home side’s largest of the match, as Somerset regularly lost wickets.

Graham Wagg, James Harris and Dean Cosker all claimed two scalps each as Glamorgan clinched their third victory of the tournament to move up to fifth place in Group B, with six points with two matches left to play.

Somerset remain in third place on seven points, level with second-placed Durham and fourth-placed Nottinghamshire, with one match remaining.

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Cricket: One-Day Cup: Sussex ease to victory over Surrey at The Oval

Sussex beat Surrey by 36 runs to secure their second One-Day Cup win in as many nights and move up to sixth in Group B.

After snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against Durham on Tuesday, Sussex posted 289-8 at The Oval.

Luke Wright (52), Ed Joyce (58) and Craig Cachopa (58) all scored half-centuries for the visitors.

Surrey fell well short, despite Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 85, as Lewis Hatchett (3-44) and Chris Liddle (3-39) helped restrict the hosts to 253-9.

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Cricket: One-Day Cup: Glamorgan undone by Bollinger haul for Kent

Kent eased to a six-wicket victory over Glamorgan to go top of the One-Day Cup Group B table.

Doug Bollinger (5-35) helped restrict Glamorgan to 209 all out, with only Chris Cooke (73) making a half-century.

The hosts, who played out a thrilling tie at Surrey on Tuesday, were given a solid start by Ben Harmison (43).

Fabian Cowdrey (42) and Darren Stevens (62 no) then put on 70 as Kent won with six overs to spare to maintain their unbeaten start to the competition.

Earlier, Bollinger equalled his career-best domestic one-day figures and took the crucial wickets of Cooke and Murray Goodwin (40).

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Cricket: One-Day Cup: Essex too strong for under-strength Lancashire

Tom Westley top-scored with 84 as Essex beat an under-strength Lancashire side by six wickets in the One-Day Cup.

Westley hit 10 fours in his 91-ball innings as the home side reached 249-4 in the 39th over.

Steven Croft (51) and Paul Horton (49) shared a stand of 63 for the Red Rose county, but Matt Salisbury took 4-55 as they were restricted to 247-7.

And after Westley fell to Arron Lilley (2-36), Jesse Ryder completed Essex’s victory with a belligerent unbeaten 71.

It was their second win in three group games so far, while Lancashire have lost all three they have played.

Having been put in, the visitors lost Usman Khawaja early and although Karl Brown grafted for 47 before Croft and Horton came together, there was no-one able to provide the kind of impetus so often supplied by England’s Jos Buttler, who is away on Test duty, although Jordan Clark (21 not out) hit the final ball of their innings for six.

With skipper Glen Chapple, Kabir Ali and Kyle Hogg either injured or not selected, Tom Bailey (1-65) made his first limited-overs appearance for Lancashire to share the new ball with Kyle Jarvis and won an lbw decision against Mark Pettini in his opening over, but was otherwise expensive.

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