One-Day Cup: Alex Lees & Graham Clark help Durham see off Warwickshire

Durham's Alex Lees made his second and highest half-century for Durham in only his fourth List A appearance
Durham's Alex Lees made his second and highest half-century for Durham in only his fourth List A appearance
Royal London One-Day Cup, Edgbaston
Warwickshire 244-8 (50 overs): Ambrose 62, Hain 50, Woakes 50; Carse 3-52
Durham 211-3 (33.4 overs): Lees 78*, Clark 66, Harte 51*
Durham (2 pts) won by seven wickets (DLS method)

Alex Lees, Graham Clark and Gareth Harte hit half-centuries as Durham won a third One-Day Cup group game in four at the expense of winless Warwickshire.

Tim Ambrose (62), Sam Hain (50) and England all-rounder Chris Woakes (50) helped the Bears make 244-8.

But it never looked enough, especially once rain had intervened to help set a revised target of 211 runs in 36 overs.

After Clark went for 66, Lees (78) and Harte (51) were unparted as Durham reached 211-3 to win by seven wickets.

After successive away matches in the Midlands, having themselves been on the wrong side of a rain-affected game at Worcester on Wednesday, Durham now face a home game against Derbyshire on Sunday.

Warwickshire, who have now lost three on the bounce after opening with a tie against Yorkshire, face local rivals Worcestershire at New Road also on Sunday knowing that they probably have to win all of their final four games to have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.

Warwickshire first-team coach Jim Troughton:

"The disappointing thing is that we are just looking very tentative and not showing the stuff we have been working on or the stuff we did over in Abu Dhabi.

"It is apparent that the guys are not backing themselves to play the way that we know they can play. If you can't do that then you are going to come up short and put yourself under pressure.

"A lot of energy went into the tied game against a very experienced Yorkshire team, while Northants and Notts are also quite experienced and you can maybe make some allowance for that. But Durham's team are equally young and inexperienced and they have shown us how to play 50-over cricket."

Durham coach James Franklin:

"It was a really good all-round performance. We had a disappointing loss at Worcester, so to come back here against a good Warwickshire side and get a really positive result sets us up nicely at halfway.

"Our bowlers did a really good job. There was no real let-up. We bowled in partnerships and, even though Warwickshire had a partnership, the run-rate never really got away from us. Then after we got some wickets in the middle we were able to apply pressure and contain them to what we thought was a very chaseable total.

"The efficiency and our strike-rate when we batted was excellent. Graham has been searching for a little bit of form and to come out with the positive intent that he showed got us off to a really strong start along with Alex who has come off a fifty at Worcester and his tempo was much better."

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