One-Day Cup: Durham hopes ended by rain at Headingley

Scott Steel
Scott Steel's half-century was his first for Durham in limited-overs cricket
Royal London One-Day Cup, Emerald Headingley
Durham 182-2 (34.2 overs): S Steel 68, Lees 51*; Bresnan 2-36
Yorkshire: Did not bat
Match abandoned because of rain (1pt each)

Durham were denied the chance to reach the knockout stages of the One-Day Cup as rain forced their final group game against Yorkshire to be abandoned.

The visitors reached 182-2, with opener Scott Steel making 68, before bad weather brought their innings to a premature end at Headingley.

But there was no chance for them to bowl 10 overs at the home side to constitute a match.

The umpires called the game off following an inspection at 17:30 BST.

Victory would have enabled Durham to go through as one of the top three sides in North Group.

But taking only one point from the abandoned game - their second in a row - meant they remained in fourth place, having won one fewer game than Lancashire in third on the same number of points.

Steel and former Yorkshire batsman Alex Lees added 104 for the second wicket before the former fell to Tim Bresnan after an 87-ball knock.

Lees was unbeaten on 51, with Cameron Bancroft 18 not out, when the rain intervened.

Yorkshire stand-in skipper Tom Kohler-Cadmore:

"The weather beat us, but I felt we were good with the ball and in the field. Everything we set out to do, we nailed. We would have liked more wickets, but Durham played well.

"Tim Bresnan set the tone brilliantly for us. And we bowled Jack Leaning a bit more, taking more of a punt with spin instead of relying on our seamers.

"Jack bowled really nicely. It shows we have more options later on in the year for T20.

"It was a great honour to be captain. I really enjoyed it. I even woke up early this morning with excitement, which is a first for me! And the lads who came in and made their debuts performed nicely."

Durham high performance coach James Franklin:

"Fortune favours Lancashire in this instance being able to get that one extra win. Them's the breaks, there's nothing we can do about it now.

"As cricketers, we know the weather can have the last laugh. It's frustrating, but it's one of those things you can't control.

"I still think we can be proud of how we've gone about our cricket in this competition.

"To win four out of the six completed matches, it's progress for this team considering where we were last year in the competition."

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