Durham romp to thrilling victory

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Durham pulled off a highly impressive LV= County Championship victory over Nottinghamhsire on a thrilling final day at Trent Bridge

Durham secured their second LV= County Championship win of the season after pulling off a thrilling run-chase against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge despite being awake for more than half the night.

A fire in their hotel roused Durham's players from their beds at around 1:30am and they had to wait in the cold for around four hours before alternative accommodation could be found.

Groggy and set a seemingly impossible 183 from a maximum of 23 overs after Nottinghamshire had been bowled out in their second innings, they nevertheless romped home with six wickets and 16 deliveries to spare.

Mark Stoneman made 69, his half-century coming from just 24 balls - the quickest in Durham's history, as he and Phil Mustard raced to an opening stand of 125 in just 11.5 overs.

England off-spinner Graeme Swann eventually dismissed both men, Stoneman for 69 and his partner for 72, and also claimed the wickets of Ben Stokes and Dale Benkenstein, but the damage had already been done by then and a jubilant Gareth Breese saw his side over the finishing line.

Earlier, Nottinghamshire had shown plenty of determination to bat through two complete sessions in order to try and secure the draw.

Having begun the final day with only five second-innings wickets remaining, and still six runs adrift, they appeared to have done enough to survive, thanks to a gritty century from Michael Lumb and some stubborn resistance from the lower order.

Lumb showed what could be achieved by batting for more than five hours in scoring 123, his 16th career century, with four of them coming against the same opposition.

Once the left-hander had gone, caught and bowled by Breese, Swann, in his first appearance of 2013, took up the fight with a belligerent innings of 57, sharing in a last-wicket stand of 75 with Ajmal Shahzad.

Luke Fletcher, who had begun the day as nightwatchman, and Stuart Broad also enjoyed lengthy occupation of the crease as Notts prolonged their innings until late afternoon before being eventually dismissed for 333, an effort which proved in vain. Durham took 22 points to Notts’ five.

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