Durham and Bears reach semis
A review of Thursday's Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-finals, including wins for Durham and Essex.
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A resolute all-round performance from Paul Collingwood and a century from skipper Mark Stoneman were the outstanding features of Durham's 31-run victory over Yorkshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final match at Headingley.
The former England all-rounder was second top-scorer with 38 in Durham's 237 and he then weighed in with two for 29 off his 10 overs as Yorkshire were bowled out for 206 with 11 balls remaining.
Yorkshire appeared well on course to reach their target after openers Adam Lyth and Alex Lees hit 58 off the first 10 overs but John Hastings changed the picture with two wickets in two balls, Lyth edging a wild drive to Phil Mustard and Kiwi Kane Williamson failing to remove his bat in time and giving another catch to the wicketkeeper.
Gary Ballance, released from the England squad for the match, survived a return catch to Hastings before he had scored - one of several chances to go begging - but he helped to repair some of the damage in a 75-run stand with Lees, which ended when Lees smacked Chris Rushworth to Stoneman at cover.
Jonny Bairstow fell second ball, caught by Mustard standing up to the stumps, and although Ballance continued to hold firm no-one was able to stay with him for any length of time.
Ballance was eventually eighth out for 61 from 89 balls with three boundaries, caught by Paul Coughlin aiming a pull at Scott Borthwick, and although Richard Pyrah flung the bat for an unbeaten 29, Yorkshire never got really close to winning the game.
Rikki Clarke top-scored with 68 in an excellent 271-7 for the Bears before then picking up 3-40 with the ball, as the Eagles were bowled out for 204 in 42.4 overs.
Jesse Ryder did make 90 for the hosts, including hitting three sixes and seven fours, yet despite the New Zealander’s efforts Essex were never able to recover from a stuttering start to their run chase that saw them slip to 58-4 when Ravi Bopara departed for 20.
They will be sick of the sight of Warwickshire at Chelmsford this season having also lost a quarter-final tie to the same opponents, albeit when they were called Birmingham, in the NatWest T20 Blast.