Northamptonshire 158 for 6 (Lynn 61, Tye 3-28) beat Durham 154 for 8 (Clark 44, White 3-14) by four wickets
Durham opted to bat first on a used pitch in gloomy conditions at Chester-le-Street, and although Michael Jones found the boundary with his second ball, he was bowled through the gate by Cobb. James Neesham found Ollie Robinson’s outside edge for five to put the pressure well and truly on the hosts in the powerplay. The home side mustered only 41 runs from their first six overs, but Clark and David Bedingham gradually found their way on a slow wicket.
They combined for a stand of 41 before Bedingham was run out for a run-a-ball 20 at non-striker’s end by Freddie Heldreich, deflecting the ball onto the stumps off his own bowling. Clark struck six boundaries in his innings of 44, but he fell for a return catch from Cobb. Graeme White then turned the screw with a double-wicket maiden, bowling Paul Coughlin for 15 and then removing Brydon Carse caught and bowled for a duck, leaving the hosts 92 for 6.
Durham counterattacked towards the end of the innings as Ned Eckersley and Liam Trevasksis scored 19 apiece, propelling the hosts to a score of 154 for 5 after taking Ben Sanderson’s final over for 16.
Lynn made his intent clear from the third ball of the Steelbacks’ innings, advancing on Coughlin before dispatching a brilliant strike over cover for a maximum. Tye’s introduction into the attack brought about the dismissal of Ben Curran for 16 from 11, but Lynn and Cobb kept the scoreboard moving, guiding the visitors to 49 for 1 at the end of the powerplay.
Tye pegged back the Steelbacks by removing Cobb, but Lynn ensured that his team was ahead of the rate, scoring timely boundaries. The Aussie reached his fifty from 42 balls and continued his assault, launching Ben Raine over the long-on boundary. Lynn lined up Scott Borthwick for the same treatment, but missed a straight one to lose his middle stump for 61.
Late wickets almost brought Durham back into the contest as Tye bowled a brilliant penultimate over to Neesham, but a costly drop from substitute fielder George Drissell let the visitors off the hook. Tom Taylor secured the win for the Steeelbacks with a scoop off Raine to guide his team to a vital win on the road.