Durham tied up by Notts
Nottinghamshire breezed to a seven-wicket victory over Durham in their Friends Life t20 North Group clash at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Set just 115 to win, the Outlaws reached their target with 3.4 overs to spare for their second win of the competition.
Openers Alex Hales and Michael Lumb took them more than halfway there, putting on 62 for the first wicket before the former came down the pitch to Scott Borthwick and was stumped when the leg-spinner beat the bat.
Hales made a run-a-ball 30 while Lumb’s 46 came from 39 deliveries. The former Hampshire player punched his bat in frustration when he was eventually dismissed after Mitchell Claydon had him caught on the cover boundary.
But at 94 for three in the 14th over, the job was almost done.
Australian Adam Voges saw them home by pulling Liam Plunkett - one of seven Durham bowlers used - to the boundary to seal victory.
Durham were indebted to Johann Myburgh for helping them past 100 after they suffered a dreadful start following Notts’ decision to put them in on a sluggish pitch.
Phil Mustard pulled the game’s first ball behind square for four, but they had to wait until the final delivery of the sixth over before they repeated the feat.
Notts claimed a series of prized scalps as Herschelle Gibbs, Mustard, Ben Stokes and Dale Benkenstein all picked out fielders perfectly.
However, Myburgh, who only joined on Thursday for the duration of the tournament, offered some resistance by top-scoring for the Dynamos with 45 from 41 deliveries.
Durham only hit seven boundaries in their innings, and Myburgh contributed five of them. That included their only six, from a lovely pick-up off his pads off Harry Gurney.
Darren Pattinson did not have to move much, though, when Myburgh top-edged a pull to him on the long-on boundary from Gurney's bowling.
Gordon Muchall and Borthwick struggled to find the rope but ran well between the wickets, to extend the score to 114 for five in the last 20 balls.