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Scotland's second highest 40-over total proved nowhere near enough to test Durham in their Clydesdale Bank 40 match at the Emirates Durham ICG.

A century by South African left-hander Jean Symes propelled the Saltires to 258 for four after they were put in. But under cloudless skies on a run-laden pitch, Durham cruised to an eight-wicket victory with 6.3 overs to spare.

Mark Stoneman compiled his maiden one-day hundred, remaining unbeaten on 136 off 117 balls, and Phil Mustard contributed 91 to an opening stand of 207.

Stoneman offered a very sharp return chance to Matthew Parker on two and Mustard was dropped at deep midwicket by Preston Mommsen off Symes for 55.

Otherwise, the duo scored runs almost at will against a modest attack, with all-rounder Mommsen at one stage conceding 20 runs in one over.

Mark Stoneman

Mark Stoneman compiled a maiden one-day century for Durham and finished on 136 as Scotland's total of 258 for four was overhauled

Scotland's total was second only to the 267 for four they made against Warwickshire at Edgbaston two years ago, with Symes accumulating strongly through the leg side.

He survived two very difficult chances to Mitchell Claydon at deep backward square-leg, the first with his score on three when he pulled Liam Plunkett's first ball for six via the fielder's fingertips.

A slightly simpler chance went down on 43 off Durham's acting captain Paul Collingwood, who had to bowl eight overs himself as Plunkett, Scott Borthwick and Jamie Harrison all proved expensive.

Symes reached his 91-ball century by hitting the first two balls of the final over for four then lifted Plunkett for his third six over long-on. Symes was bowled by the final ball for 110.

Two other batsmen born in South Africa also made useful contributions, Richie Berrington making 29 and Mommsen an unbeaten 31.

After linking up with the England squad for the previous week, Graham Onions bowled well for Durham. He ended a fluent opening stand of 33 by having Josh Davey caught at mid-off by Stoneman off a leading edge and conceded only 27 runs in his eight overs.

Symes and Calum Macleod put on 86 in 15 overs before the opener fell for 48 when he edged the second ball of Claydon's second spell and wicketkeeper Mustard leapt to his right to hold a brilliant one-handed catch.

Collingwood had Berrington caught at deep midwicket by Gordon Muchall, who later went in with 14 needed after Ben Stokes holed out at long-off for nine.

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