Rain washed out tonight’s NatWest T20 Blast match at Chester-le-Street with Worcestershire on 103-5 after 14.1 overs against Durham.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who made 127 in the opening match against these opponents at Worcester, fell to the second ball of the match.
He survived an lbw appeal off the first but looked surprised when he was then given out caught behind off Chris Rushworth.
Skipper Daryl Mitchell might also have gone for nought but was dropped at deep square leg by Paul Coughlin off Usman Arshad.
Mitchell hit four fours in making 28 off 21 balls before driving Arshad to long-on after putting on 50 in six overs with Joe Clarke.
Clarke’s attempts at improvisation were generally futile but he did pull off an amazing shot when he stepped across to lift a straight, good-length ball from Rushworth deep into the seating over square leg.
Once Mitchell had gone, however, Durham applied the brake by taking the pace off the ball through a mixture of spin and Keaton Jennings’ gentle medium pace.
Clarke pulled Jennings’ second ball for four in the seventh over, but that was the last boundary until the final ball of the 14th.
Jennings earned figures of 4-0-18-2 as Alexei Kervezee missed a swipe and was bowled for five, then Brett D’Oliveira lofted a catch to deep square leg after struggling to 11.
Scott Borthwick also proved difficult to get away and when Ryan Pringle came on Clarke grew frustrated and was bowled for 36, made off 31 balls, when he stepped across to the off side.
Ross Whiteley hit Pringle for six in front of mid-wicket, but one ball later the rain arrived.