Durham remained winless at home since July 3 thanks to Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 65, which helped Yorkshire to a 32-run win by Duckworth/Lewis in a rain-affected Royal London One-Day Cup tie at Chester-le-Street.
Yorkshire’s decision to field proved the right one as their bowlers restricted the hosts to 224 in their 43 overs before Maxwell produced his second consecutive 50+ score plus to consign the hosts to their second successive loss in the competition.
The pitch played better to start with, but towards the end it got two-paced and they bowled well at the death, which left us 20 runs short.
The rain which delayed the start by 75 minutes, denied the game a proper finish but the result was never in doubt, despite a tight start by Durham’s opening bowlers.
Fresh from being named for the Ashes squad for the fourth test, Liam Plunkett was the chief tormentor on his return to Durham, as he picked up 3-40 from his nine overs.
Graham Clark who has had a difficult start to his List-A career, top scored for Durham with 42 just three days after he was handed his first professional contract.
Clark said: “I could have gone onto a bigger score and helped the team to a bigger total, but it wasn’t to be, but it was nice to get a few runs.
“The pitch played better to start with, but towards the end it got two-paced and they bowled well at the death, which left us 20 runs short.”
After the 49-run defeat to Surrey on Friday, coach Jon Lewis said “20s and 30s don’t win games of 50-over cricket”.
Unfortunately, Durham’s batsmen were unable to take that to heart, as four of them finished in their 30s.
After a sluggish start, Mark Stoneman was just getting into his stride after successive boundaries off Tim Bresnan, but fell in the following delivery as he was caught at point by Maxwell.
Phil Mustard and Scott Borthwick started to consolidate slowly but steadily. But on a pitch that was difficult to get set in, both batsmen failed to capitalise on their start and fell for 32 to Plunkett.
Mustard was caught behind off the first ball and Borthwick, who was dropped on 11 by Lees, joined him in the dressing room, after he was caught on the square leg boundary off the final ball of the 20th over.
Dropped on three by Matthew Fisher, Paul Collingwood was determined to get into Adil Rashid. But despite hitting him for six, it was Rashid who had the last laugh as he had Collingwood stumped for 17.
Clark, who batted sensibly hitherto fell eight short of his half-century as he top edged a pull way into the safe hands of Maxwell.
Ryan Pringle and Gordon Muchall tried to up the ante, but the former top-edged Bresnan with Durham and John Hastings soon followed for two.
Muchall and Keaton Jennings ensured that the Riversiders got to a respectable total on a slow pitch, but with Maxwell in fine form, that was never going to be enough.
Durham had a sniff when Pringle ran Lees out for just nine, but despite bowling a tight line,
Chris Rushworth and Hastings were unable to claim another wicket in their opening spell.
Andrew Hodd was caught behind for 20 with the score at 80-2, but Maxwell and Gary Ballance remained steadfast before the rain returned and gave Yorkshire a comfortable win.