Varun Chopra led from the front as Birmingham claimed a six-wicket victory over Durham in Friday's NatWest t20 Blast match at Edgbaston with five balls to spare.
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Chopra scored 51 from 50 balls as his side reached the target of 147 for the loss of four wickets, with Jonathon Webb and Shoaib Malik both contributing with 28 apiece.
Durham posted 146 for seven from their 20 overs after being put in to bat by home captain Chopra.
John Hastings recorded the highest score of the visitors' innings with 36 after coming in at number eight, with the top order faltering and struggling to gain any momentum after being two down for 17 runs in the third over when openers Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard were both out for six.
Stoneman was the first to depart on the last ball of the opening over when he was run out by Shoaib Malik, with Mustard heading back to the pavilion when he was caught by Chris Wright off the bowling of Boyd Rankin (two wickets for 27 runs).
Calum MacLeod hung around for 26 balls for his knock of 27 before falling to Jeetan Patel (two for 23) before Paul Collingwood (11) and Scott Borthwick (25) were dismissed in successive balls, the first run out by the bowler Rankin, who then had the latter caught by Chopra.
Ben Stokes was out first ball, bowled by Patel, before Hastings came to the crease to add some vital late runs with Gordon Muchall (15 not out), before Gareth Breese chipped in with nine from five deliveries at the death.
Birmingham's reply stuttered slightly with the loss of William Porterfield for 16 with the score on 23, but Chopra and Webb moved it on to 80 before the latter was caught by Borthwick off the bowling of Collingwood.
Malik and Chopra then built a solid partnership to set up victory, with Laurie Evans (21no) steering the Bears over the line in the final over.