Durham secure narrow victory
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.