Royal London Cup review: Ben Stokes stars for Durham against Notts; Glamorgan thrash Somerset
Last Updated: 13/08/14 5:15pm
Ben Stokes returned to form with a century to lead Durham to a crushing six-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire in their Royal London One Day Cup Group B fixture at Chester-le-Street.
Stokes, desperately seeking some runs ahead of England’s upcoming ODI series with India, cracked a timely 103 to help the North East county chase down 223 with over four overs to spare.
The 23-year-old all-rounder had earlier taken 2-40 to restrict Notts to 222-9, Riki Wessels top-scoring for the Outlaws with 44.
Also in Group B, Warwickshire prevailed in a dress rehearsal of their Twenty20 Blast semi-final against Surrey to move up to second in the standings.
The two teams will meet at Edgbaston on Finals Day on August 23 and it was the Bears who struck a psychological blow on home soil with a 111-run victory via Duckworth-Lewis.
Warwickshire captain Varun Chopra led from the front with an unbeaten 92 in his side’s 218-2 in 33 rain-hit overs and Laurie Evans bludgeoned 43 not out from just 15 balls, leaving Surrey a revised target of 265.
Surrey started strongly through openers Steven Davies (37) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (58) but then collapsed from 64-0 to 153 all out with Jeetan Patel claiming four wickets.
Somerset slipped to fourth after they were handed a heavy 95-run defeat by the Duckworth-Lewis method at home to Glamorgan.
The Welsh county racked up 289-6 at Taunton, a total later revised to 302 due to rain, with South African opening batsman Jacques Rudolph scoring 111 and Murray Goodwin (62) and Chris Cooke (60) both adding half-centuries.
Somerset never threatened to chase down the target with seam trio Michael Hogan (3-19), Graham Wagg (2-47) and James Harris (2-42) doing the damage with the ball to keep Glamorgan's quarter-final hopes alive.
In Group A, Gloucestershire's clash with rock-bottom Lancashire was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The point acquired puts the Gladiators level on points with Essex and Yorkshire at the top of the table.