Samit Patel spins Notts Outlaws to Durham victory

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Samit Patel picked up four wickets for the second day running to help Notts Outlaws into the semi-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup after defeating Durham by 49 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Patel, who helped spin his county to an LV= County Championship success over Warwickshire a day earlier, produced figures of four for 11 to end Durham's reign as domestic one-day cup holders.

The visitors had been set a target of 194 but they lost their way once pace had been taken from the ball and were bowled out for just 144 in 21.2 overs.


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Earlier in the day Notts had reached 94 for one in 17.2 overs, after being put in, before deteriorating conditions forced the players from the field. After a stoppage of almost five hours, the contest was then reduced to 24 overs per side.

The home team managed to advance their innings to 170 for four, with Alex Hales making 62 and Dan Christian blasting an unbeaten 48.

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Hales and Riki Wessels gave the Outlaws a perfect platform as they posted 55 for the first wicket, making the best of any width offered by Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth.

The introduction of John Hastings into the attack accounted for Wessels, who clipped the Australian straight into the hands of Scott Borthwick at short midwicket for 25.

Dan Christian, promoted to number three in the order, punched Onions down the ground for four from his first delivery and repeated the dose two overs later.

Hales moved to his fifty in spectacular style, slog-sweeping Borthwick for the first maximum of the match, with his half-century coming from 46 deliveries, seven of which were struck for fours.

When play resumed after the rain interruption Hales hit another six before holing out to Ryan Pringle at deep midwicket. James Taylor wasted little time in finding his range, striking Borthwick for three consecutive sixes on his way to 29 from just 15 balls.

Taylor fell in the final over of the innings and was followed back to the pavilion by Patel, who hit the last delivery into the hands of Rushworth at third man.

Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard gave the north-east county a flying start to their reply by putting on 63, but the contest swung back again when three wickets fell in six deliveries.

Christian enticed Stoneman to hit to midwicket for 36 and then Steven Mullaney picked up two wickets in his first over. Mustard lofted to long on for 24 and then Paul Collingwood drilled his first delivery straight back into the waiting hands of the bowler.

Calum MacLeod and Graham Clark shared in a stand of 61 for the fourth wicket but Durham collapsed dramatically as the required run rate soared.

Patel's introduction saw off both players and he then removed Hastings and Pringle in quick succession, having also caught Gordon Muchall off Mullaney's bowling.

Rushworth was run out and Onions had his stumps knocked over by Jake Ball as Durham's reign came to an end.

Notts now progress to the last four, where an away trip to the winners of the Surrey versus Kent Spitfires quarter-final awaits them.

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