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Best batting effort seals Notts victory

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Nottinghamshire hit their highest-ever score in 40-over cricket to defeat Durham by 43 runs in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at Trent Bridge.

Led by a blistering 84 off 51 balls from opener Michael Lumb and an unbeaten 71 from skipper Chris Read, Nottinghamshire raced to 294 for eight after being put in to bat.

Despite in-form Mark Stoneman hitting his second successive century in the competition, Durham were unable to keep up with the hefty run-rate required and were bowled out for 251.

Paceman Andy Carter claimed 4-45 - his best figures in List-A cricket for Nottinghamshire - while medium-pacer Steven Mullaney accounted for Stoneman for 102, Paul Collingwood and Dale Benkenstein to finish with 3-44.

Michael Lumb

Michael Lumb hit a blistering 84 as Notts beat Durham after posting their highest score in 40-over cricket at Trent Bridge in the CB40

Both sides had little chance of a semi-final place in Group B before the match started but ICC World Twenty20 winner Lumb looked like he had a point to prove ahead of the announcement of England’s final 15-man squad to defend their title in Sri Lanka.

The left-hander hit three fours off the fourth over, delivered by Ben Stokes, and launched Chris Rushworth and Mitchell Claydon for six as he raced to his fifty off 31 balls.

Notts had reached 77 without loss at the end of their first eight overs and, although they lost Alex Hales - who was bowled by Claydon - Lumb and Riki Wessels smashed 40 off the bowling powerplay that followed.

The spell of fielding restrictions finished with Lumb hitting Claydon for four consecutive boundaries, before being bowled by the Australian-born paceman having struck 14 fours and two sixes in total.

Wessels kept up the momentum with 43 from 28 balls, hitting three maximums and four fours, but holed out to long-on attempting to lift Gareth Breese over the ropes.

Scott Elstone, Samit Patel and Mullaney all fell in the teens as the run-rate dropped, yet a terrific late assault by Read boosted the score once more - with 69 coming off the last six overs, the skipper hitting six fours and three sixes.

Durham had a decent start despite losing Phil Mustard to Carter in the third over, and the muscular power of Stokes briefly threatened to keep the visitors in touch.

The 21-year-old had reached 34 off 23 balls when he holed out to long-on off Patel.

No Durham batsman was able to give Stoneman - who had hit his first championship century of the season against the same opposition earlier in the week - the support he needed.

Stoneman slog-swept Mullaney to deep midwicket to end his 90-ball innings, having hit 13 fours, and Carter then returned to mop up the tail.

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