Only fourteen overs play was possible in the Royal London One-Day Cup match at The Riverside,Chester-le-Street before the rain set in and the match was abandoned.
Middlesex made one change from the side that defeated Sussex under Duckworth/Lewis regulations on Friday night with Ryan Higgins returning to the side in place of Tom Helm who failed a fitness test shortly before the start of play.
Eoin Morgan won the toss for the Panthers and Durham were sent into bat with rain threatening. After Tim Murtagh started the match with a maiden over to Michael Stoneman, Phil Mustard took a single off the first ball of Toby Roland-Jones’ over but Roland-Jones then pitched short andStoneman pulled him for three successive sixes over mid-wicket.
However, in Roland-Jones’ next over he had Mustard caught by Ollie Rayner at second slip for three. Stoneman scored a four and a three off the first two balls of the following over from TimMurtagh but off the fourth ball, Murtagh trapped Calum MacLeod LBW for a duck to reduce Durham to 31-2 in the fifth over. Stoneman then scored a four and a three in Roland-Jones’ next over before Roland-Jones had Ben Stokes caught by Ollie Rayner at second slip for a duck.
Paul Collingwood joined Stoneman with the score on 38-3 after six overs and the scoring-rate not surprisingly slowed in order to re-build the innings. The total reached 56-3 after fourteen overs, at which point the rain arrived and no further play was possible. Tim Murtagh bowled throughout the innings and had figures of 1-13 from 7 overs with Toby Roland-Jones taking 2-37 in 5 overs and Harry Podmore bowled two overs for six runs.
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