CB40 Trophy, at Chester-le-Street: Warwickshire: 240-5 v Durham 241-5 (37.3 overs)
Durham beat Warwickshire by 5 wickets
Their Championship challenge is in great shape but Warwickshire’s hopes of retaining the CB40 Trophy are extinct after five-wicket defeat at Durham.
The Bears’ last three group matches can now be formally certified as dead after Durham enhanced their own semi-final qualification hopes by putting Warwickshire’s bowlers through the mincer in front of an appeciative crowd at Chester-le-Street.
Chasing a decent but by no means daunting Bears total of 240 for five, the home side galloped home with 15 balls to spare thanks to Phil Mustard’s dynamic unbeaten 129 (116 balls).
Warwickshire’s lack of a potent bowler both up front and at the death was again evident.
Warwickshire chose to bat but, not for the first time in the shorter formats this season, only Will Porterfield built an innings of real substance.
The Irishman drove with typical power on his was to 74 from 77 balls but while Varun Chopra (34, 49) and Jim Troughton (a run-a-ball 50) chipped in usefully they failed to build their contributions into match-shaping ones.
Some late hitting by Keith Barker (29, 20 balls) was needed to give the Bears anything to bowl at in good batting conditions.
Durham’s reply was given a flying start when openers Mustard and Michael Di Venuto thrashed 110 in 93 balls.
Young spinner Chris Metters outlined his promise with a mature spell which brought the wickets of Ben Stokes and Gordon Muchall in six balls but Mustard muscled his side to victory and the Bears’ remaining north group games into the realms of the meaningless.