Outlaws stand in the way of Durham

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DURHAM have been handed a home draw against Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the semi-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup.

The teams will meet next Saturday, with a place in the Lord’s final up for grabs.

Jon Lewis’ side booked their place in the last four with a fine 31-run victory over Yorkshire Vikings on Thursday.

Notts, the current holders of the one-day trophy, hammered Derbyshire on Tuesday to claim their place.

The other semi-final sees Warwickshire, who have already won the NatWest T20 Blast this season under their Birmingham banner, entertain Kent Spitfires on Thursday.

Kent booked their place in the semis last night with a victory over Gloucestershire.

Tickets for the Durham v Nottinghamshire match are on sale from the Durham Box Office from tomorrow.

Members can purchase tickets for £10 with junior tickets available for £1.

Tickets for non-members will cost £12 in advance or £15 on the day, with junior tickets priced at £5.

The teams will be well acquainted with each other by the time the semi-final arrives as second-bottom Durham meet second-top Notts in the County Championship at the Emirates ICG, starting tomorrow.

Kent will go into their last-four clash in the Midlands with plenty of confidence after beating Gloucestershire by 24 runs last night.

“Edgbaston is one of the great grounds to play at in England,” skipper Rob Key said. “They are good but so are Notts, so are Durham and when you get to the knockout phase then you face the best.

“I think we’ve got every chance.”

Sam Billings’ thrilling 61 off 36 balls inspired Kent to victory under the Canterbury floodlights.

Sam Northeast (78) and Fabian Cowdrey (51) also batted well but it was Billings who provided crucial acceleration in the hosts’ eventual 242 all out from 48.3 overs, securing Kent a first semi-final since 2008.

Cowdrey then took two for 28 with his left-arm spin, with former Durham bowlers Ben Harmison and Mitch Claydon also chipping in with wickets, as Gloucestershire struggled to 218 all out from 47.3 overs in reply on a turgid, grassless pitch that made fluent strokeplay difficult.