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Essex win by 4 wickets

Durham vs Essex

Yorkshire Bank 40: Durham defeated by Group B rivals Essex

Tom Westley: Top-scored in Essex's run chase, making 71 from 73 deliveries

Ben Stokes: Hit a half-century before being run out in Durham's innings

Essex survived a late wobble with the bat to successfully chase down Durham's 209-5 with four wickets and six balls to spare at Chester-le-Street.

Having been hammered by Hampshire in their opening match in this season's Yorkshire Bank 40 competition on Friday, the Eagles looked to be coasting to a morale-boosting victory when they reached 103 without loss.

Opening duo Rob Quiney, who made an even 50, and Tom Westley put them right on course with a century stand before the former fell to Scott Borthwick's leg spin.

Ravi Bopara managed only 10 and although Westley perished for a well-made 71 that included 10 boundaries, the visitors still remained on track to register their first points in Group B.

Drama

However, Mark Pettini (21) and James Foster (14) both departed in quick succession and when Graham Napier was caught at mid-off, Durham sensed a dramatic win could be on the cards.

In the end, though, Greg Smith and Tim Phillips kept their cool to see Essex over the line, the latter ending the game with a lovely lofted drive for four off Borthwick's bowling.

Durham will perhaps look back on a slow start with the bat that proved costly in the final outcome, the hosts at one stage having slipped to 39-3 after being put in by visiting skipper Foster.

Ben Stokes picked up the tempo with 51 before a throw from Sajid Mahmood caught him short of his ground; the all-rounder had hit a six and five fours in his 64-ball knock.

Gordon Muchall (49 not out) and Gareth Brees, who finished up unbeaten on 41, continued Stokes' good work with an unbroken sixth-wicket alliance worth 69 from 59 deliveries, though their final total always looked a little light.

Match Details

Date
5th May 2013
Toss
Essex won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Emirates Durham ICG
Umpires
M J D Martin, T E Trevor
TV Umpire
R J Russell

essex BATTING CARD

Batsman R
R.J. Quiney c Stokes b Borthwick 50
T. Westley lbw Thorp 71
R.S. Bopara lbw Wood 10
M.L. Pettini c Breese b Wood 23
J.S. Foster c Benkenstein b Rushworth 14
G.R. Napier c Breese b Rushworth 11
G.M. Smith Not out 10
T.J. Phillips Not out 9
Extras 2nb, 4w, 2b, 6lb 14
Total 39.0 Overs 212 - 6
Full Batting Card

durham BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
C. Rushworth 7 0 42 2
M.A. Wood 8 0 33 2
B.A. Stokes 6 0 43 0
G.R. Breese 2 0 10 0
C.D. Thorp 8 1 28 1
S.G. Borthwick 8 0 48 1
Full Bowling Card