One-Day Cup: Ian Bell hits an unbeaten 145 as Warwickshire beat Durham
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street|
|Durham 299-8 (50 overs): Smith 119, Richardson 111; Patel 3-51|
|Warwickshire 300-5 (48.5 overs): Bell 145*, Trott 100; Dixon 2-71|
|Warwickshire beat Durham by five wickets|
Ian Bell scored a brilliant unbeaten 145 to guide Warwickshire to a five-wicket One-Day Cup win over Durham at Chester-le-Street.
After Will Smith (119) and Michael Richardson (111) helped the hosts to 299-8, the Bears fell to 14-2.
But Bell and fellow ex-England batsman Jonathan Trott then put on 202 for the third wicket to wrestle back control.
Trott was dismissed by Paul Collingwood for 100, before Bell saw the visitors to victory with seven balls to spare.
Warwickshire wobbled slightly after Trott's departure at the start of the 39th over, with the Midlands side still requiring another 84 runs.
Adam Hose and Tim Ambrose failed to stick with Bell, but a steely 15 from Aaron Thomason eventually allowed the 36-year-old to score the winning runs.
The Bears are third, but level on points with leaders Derbyshire and second-placed Worcestershire heading into their final two group games.
They play Leicestershire at Edgbaston on Sunday before hosting the Pears in Thursday's day-night deciders.
Durham's Will Smith:
"It is hard to swallow. We got 300, which is a ball-park figure for 50-over cricket on a decent wicket.
"There were areas where we could have squeezed out a few more runs in hindsight. That being said, Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are two world-class players and they've played two world-class innings. Particularly Ian Bell. That's how you win games of cricket.
"I would have taken a duck to be on the winning side rather than losing, particularly on a game that was verging on a must-win in terms of qualification. It's nice to get a few and contribute, but it means very little if you don't get over the line and win."
Warwickshire's Ian Bell:
"It was a well-timed run chase. It's quite a difficult field to defend here. There are a lot of twos out there and it's a quick outfield. We stuck at the pace of the Duckworth-Lewis method on the scoreboard.
"Trotty and myself knew we had a time in the game when we wanted to kick on and try to get that rate below a run-a-ball. It went exactly how we wanted it to go.
"It was nice for both of us. He's a very good friend of mine so to share a 200-run partnership with him in his last season is very special and something we'll look back on. We've been fortunate to play a lot of cricket together."