Durham se­cure nar­row vic­tory

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - CRICKET -

CRICKET: Durham’s bowlers pro­duced a fine come­back in the field to keep their Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup hopes alive with a five-run win over Northamp­ton­shire at Wan­tage Road.

Tom Latham made 86 in 93 balls to steer Durham to 256-7 on a slow wicket be­fore Will Smith and Matt Dixon in­duced a Northants col­lapse of 4-20 in five overs.

Six­teen were needed from the fi­nal over and, de­spite the first ball dis­ap­pear­ing for six, Nathan Rim­ming­ton held his nerve as Northants could only make 2519.

As in their pre­vi­ous chase against Lan­cashire on Wed­nes­day, the home side were in com­plete con­trol of the chase at 167-3 in the 37th over, with Alex Wakely and Adam Ross­ing­ton shar­ing a stand of 129 for the fourth wicket to re­vive Northants from 38-3.

With the weather seem­ingly clos­ing in, they played care­fully to stay ahead of the Duck­worth/ Lewis/Stern score but could never bring down the ask­ing rate for the full 50-over chase.

As wick­ets fell, the re­quired rate spi­ralled and even though Rory Klein­veldt kept Northants alive with 41 off 27 balls in­clud­ing three fours and two sixes, the task proved be­yond them.

Wakely made 79, his high­est score of the sea­son.

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