Durham lifted the inaugural Royal London One-Day Cup after beating Warwickshire in a low-scoring final at Lord’s on Saturday.
The Dynamos triumphed by three wickets to win their first trophy since 2007, but Warwickshire will to be disappointed not to have added to their stash of 11 one-day trophies.
Durham in control
Durham won the toss and made the right decision in putting Warwickshire in to bat, bowling the Bears out for 165 with three overs to spare. Opener Varun Chopra made up over a third of that total, hitting 64, while Jonathan Trott – who scored a century when the two sides met earlier in the competition - failed to continue his recent fine form, being trapped lbw by former England teammate Paul Collingwood for just two runs.
On a difficult wicket, though, Rikki Clarke bowled Warwickshire back into the game, with Durham struggling at one point on 12-2. Phil Mustard and Calum MacLeod were both dismissed for a duck, but Mark Stoneman offered some much-needed resistance with a knock of 52 off 52 balls.
Jeetan Patel kept the Bears in contention in a tight game, taking four wickets, but by mid-way it looked as if the ball was in Durham’s court.
Warwickshire were perhaps on the back foot from the off, having to make do without England star Ian Bell, who was ruled out with the broken toe he sustained in the final ODI against India in late August. To add insult to injury, Bell was then diagnosed with tonsillitis days before the final, meaning he missed out in spite of the intensive treatment programme he had undergone on his foot.
However, Durham had their own injuries to contend with, losing leading wicket-taker John Hastings, who is away playing with IPL outfit the Chennai Super Kings in the T20 Champions League.
Both sets of fans at the Home of Cricket seemed to have some affection for Collingwood, whose future is unclear at 40 years of age. In what may prove his last chance at playing in a major final, Collingwood – along with fellow veteran Gareth Breese – played a key role.
Warwickshire will have their chance at revenge when the two sides meet again in the County Championship on Tuesday.