Durham Under-14s went down by five wickets to Cheshire in the ECB County Cup Group One.
Tom Ward led the way with 11 fours and a six in a brilliant knock of 80 for Durham at Barnard Castle School, but the only real help came from Robbie Dawson (31) and Tom Bolam (18).
Durham were duly bowled out for 154 in 47.1 overs.
Cheshire eased to victory in the 31st over of their reply, with Sebastian Botes finishing agonisingly short of a century on 98no, with 16 fours and a six.
Luke Husband took 2-28, with Jake Pratt, Theo Truss and Ed Brown also striking.