Royal One-Day Cup: Maxwell in driving seat once again for Yorkshire

Yorkshire's Glenn Maxwell.
Yorkshire's Glenn Maxwell.
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A second successive innings of substance by Glenn Maxwell carried Yorkshire to a 32-run win under the Duckworth/Lewis method in their Royal London One-Day Cup tie against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

The Australian followed his 111 in the win at Worcestershire by making an unbeaten 65 as Yorkshire replied to Durham’s 43-over score of 224-7 with 130-2 in 24.3 overs.

The light drizzle which had been falling for some time grew heavier but Yorkshire were always well ahead under D/L after Maxwell raced to 50 in 36 balls.

After morning rain delayed the start by 75 minutes Durham were put in by Alex Lees, acting Yorkshire captain in the absence of Andrew Gale with a wrist injury.

Liam Plunkett took 3-40 in his nine overs against his former team, for whom Graham Clark top-scored with 42.

With 13 runs in three previous one-day innings, Clark timed the ball as impressively as in scoring 91 in the Twenty20 clash at Headingley.

But with 10 overs remaining he became over-anxious to accelerate and skied a catch to point to give Plunkett his third wicket.

Gordon Muchall’s unbeaten 35 off 26 balls was the second highest score, achieved through orthodox strokes while others tried to improvise.

With Steve Patterson particularly miserly, Durham had only 13 on the board after five overs before Mark Stoneman picked up successive balls from Tim Bresnan over the leg side for six and four.

The next ball was a slower one outside off stump and Stoneman steered a low catch to Maxwell at backward point.

Plunkett, coming on second change, bowled just back-of-a-length round the wicket to left-handers Phil Mustard and Scott Borthwick.

And, after conceding only six runs in his first three overs, he removed both for 32.

Mustard was caught behind when trying to steer to third man and Borthwick skied to deep mid-wicket.

Paul Collingwood (17) drove Adil Rashid for six before his next foray down the pitch resulted in an easy stumping for Andrew Hodd.

When Yorkshire began their reply Lees risked a single to mid-off and failed to beat Ryan Pringle’s direct hit.

When Durham gambled by bringing on Borthwick for the 14th over Maxwell went straight into overdrive, scoring most of the 36 the leg-spinner conceded in three overs, including two sixes over long-on.

Hodd edged an attempted cut off Borthwick to depart for 20, but Gary Ballance reached 26 not out in keeping Maxwell company until the rain arrived.

Royal London One-Day Cup: Durham 224-7, Yorkshire 130-2. Yorkshire win by 32 runs (D/L Method).

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