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Lumb to the slaughter at Durham

Michael Lumb made the highest score by a Notts Outlaws player in the Friends Life t20 to help his side to an eight-wicket win over Durham Dynamos at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Lumb fell just four runs short of a century as the North Group leaders maintained their 100% record by chasing down 155 with 4.3 overs to spare.

Durham's acting captain Mark Stoneman made his first Twenty20 half-century, but that innings was overshadowed by Lumb, who hit 14 fours and three sixes in his imperious 53-ball stay.

Lumb would have been run out on 14 had Ben Stokes hit the stumps from cover and on 72 he was dropped by Scott Borthwick when the leg-spinner appeared to be dazzled by the sun running in from deep cover.

Yet for the most part, the England T20 opener exerted total dominance over a youthful attack and it was something of a surprise when he was stumped the ball after driving Borthwick for his third maximum.

That was off the last ball of the 15th over when only eight were needed to win and David Hussey duly rounded off a comprehensive Notts win with a six off Stokes.

Lumb scored 39 of the first 47 runs before his international opening partner Alex Hales also got going.

Hales made room to hit two fours through the covers in off-spinner Ryan Pringle's first over and went on to strike two fours and a six over square-leg when Mark Wood was introduced.

The first-wicket stand was worth 91 when Hales pushed forward to be bowled through the gate by Gareth Breese's first ball.

Hussey had earlier put Durham in and came on to bowl when the hosts were 81 for one after 11 overs.

By the time the Australian had bagged 2-23 from four overs, Durham appeared certain to fall short of a par score.

The Dynamos had also been throttled by Samit Patel conceding only 16 in his first three overs, but when the left-arm spinner returned for the 19th over Breese got after him.

The first ball of the penultimate set of six was lofted over extra-cover and Breese also found the boundary with a lofted reverse-sweep and a straight drive before finishing unbeaten on 18 from seven deliveries.

Stoneman’s fifty spanned 50 balls, but the opener was bamboozled by Hussey firing the ball in at leg stump from around the wicket.

Only three came off Hussey’s first over and in his second he yorked Stoneman for 51.

A similar ball accounted for Borthwick, who made 44 off 37 deliveries, while the other two wickets both went to Jake Ball.

It was only in Patel’s last over that Durham found any real momentum and their total never looked like being enough.

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