White damages Durham title hopes
A career-best haul from slow left-armer Graeme White helped Nottinghamshire deal a significant blow to Durham’s LV= County Championship ambitions with a 67-run victory at Trent Bridge.
Needing to make the highest score of the match in their second innings to overtake Lancashire at the top of Division One, Durham were bowled out for 253 soon after tea, with White claiming 4-72 to add to his 3-17 from the first innings.
Mark Stoneman briefly threatened to lead the visitors home with 74, but the introduction of White proved the difference as Notts sealed the fifth win of their season.
The result leaves Durham on 188 points having played 14 matches, 10 points behind Lancashire, who have a game in hand. Fifth-placed Notts have 166 points with two matches left.
The visitors resumed on 20 for one, needing a further 301 for victory, but were immediately on the back foot when Michael Di Venuto fell to the fourth ball of the day from Andre Adams, edging a defensive push to wicketkeeper Chris Read.
Nightwatchman Mitchell Claydon followed lbw four overs later, but Stoneman and Paul Collingwood offered stubborn resistance through to the lunch interval, playing the seaming deliveries as late as possible and putting away the bad balls.
Stoneman reached his second half-century of the season from 90 balls with seven fours, but the lunch break provided a fatal break in concentration as Collingwood chased the fourth ball of the afternoon session from Darren Pattinson to be caught behind for 33.
Dale Benkenstein scooped an attempted pull off Adams straight up for Read’s third catch of the day and Luke Fletcher finally beat Stoneman’s defences with a yorker that the left-handed batsman could only play off his pads and onto his stumps.
White then stepped up as Notts sniffed victory. The 24-year-old, who had already taken his first three-wicket haul in the first innings, bowled with good control and found plenty of bounce and turn from the off.
He trapped Phil Mustard lbw with a quicker ball before brilliantly dismissing Ian Blackwell for 31 with a diving one-handed return catch to expose the Durham tail.
Despite some attractive cover drives from youngster Mark Wood, who hit an unbeaten 45 from only 33 balls, White wrapped up proceedings by having Callum Thorp caught at mid-on off a miscued drive and then Ruel Brathwaite stumped by Read.