PAUL Collingwood ensured there was no pain in the rain as Durham claimed a Yorkshire Bank 40 win over Derbyshire by 43 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Collingwood hit 79 from 83 balls – his highest one-day score for the hosts in two years – as Durham posted a total of 273-7 from their 40 overs at the Emirates ICG.
Derbyshire’s reply never really got going largely due to a superb spell of bowling from Graham Onions, and the rain interuptions.
Onions took all three Derbyshire wickets to fall and returned figures of 3-27 from his eight overs.
That was enough to leave the visitors stranded on 70-3 when the heavier rains called time on the game – some way off the required run rate under the DL system.
Collingwood said the hosts had not played for the weather initially, and praised their efforts throughout.
“To be honest we didn’t expect any rain to come at all,” he said. “We thought we would get the full 80 overs in.
“But the way we went about it was superb. Scotty Borthwick timed the ball well at the top of the order, Ben Stokes and myself put a good partnership on.
“We got up to a total that was defendable on that wicket.”
Duckworth-Lewis aside, Collingwood felt the home side may have benefited a little from conditions, but was also quick to heap his praises on Onions.
He added: “A little bit moisture got on the wicket through the rain, and that maybe helped us seam the ball around a little bit.
“But I thought Graham Onions was fantastic in his eight overs, and put them under a lot of pressure. He took the important wickets and kept them under pressure throughout his spell.
“When they were batting it was clear that the rain would be a factor.
“We knew 10 overs constitutes a game, so it was important to get to that point.
“We bowled good lines, kept it straight and took early wickets, which we knew we needed to with the Duckworth-Lewis coming into contention.”
Durham took 69 off the last six overs with Gordon Muchall scorching to a 30-ball half-century and remaining unbeaten on 57.
Left-arm paceman Mark Footitt was the pick of Derbyshire’s weakened attack, taking three wickets, while 19-year-old off-spinner Peter Burgoyne also performed creditably.
Back at his original club, Mark Turner’s first three overs cost 25 and it was a surprise when Phil Mustard stepped back in the seventh over in an attempt to hit him over extra cover and missed a straight ball.
Mark Stoneman had holed out at deep backward square leg in the second over, so Collingwood went in at 40 for two.
He had made six off 12 balls when he drove 21-year-old medium pacer Alex Hughes for a straight six.
Otherwise he was content to accumulate steadily in taking the score to 109 after 20 overs. He pulled Turner for his third four to reach 50 off 59 balls and fell in the 36th over, lbw when trying to hit a swinging yorker from Footitt to leg.
Scott Borthwick made 43 and Ben Stokes 40, both scoring at around a run a ball, although Stokes made a quiet start.
On 14 he was dropped at deep mid-wicket by Billy Godleman, who had just made a brilliant stop.
But when Turner returned Stokes drove two straight fours in an over which cost 14 then hammered a straight six off left-arm spinner David Wainwright before driving Footitt to mid-off.
Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen tried three overs of his own off spin but in the third Muchall lofted three successive balls over mid-off for four.
He also drove Footitt over long-on for six and cleared the mid-wicket rope off Wainwright as the 38th over yielded 15 runs.
In Derbyshire’s reply Chesney Hughes hit Onions’ third and fourth balls for four then fell lbw to the fifth, trying to turn a yorker to leg.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 11 before he played back and edged to Mustard in the seventh over and in Onions’ final over Paul Borrington departed for 32 when he pulled a catch to mid-wicket.
That left them well behind the asking rate when the match was brought to a halt by the elements.
Next up for Durham is another home YB40 clash when the entertain Lancashire on Sunday.