County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge:
Durham 471 & 184-4 beat Nottinghamshire 320 & 333 by six wickets
Durham 22pts, Notts 5pts
Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard scored half centuries as Durham blasted their way to a remarkable six-wicket victory over Nottinghamshire.
Michael Lumb (123) and England’s Graeme Swann (57) pushed Notts to 333 all out to set Durham 183 to win in 23 overs.
Stoneman (69), who smashed Durham’s fastest-ever first-class half century from 24 balls, put on 125 in 12 overs with Mustard (72).
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“The skill level from Phil Mustard and Mark Stoneman was absolutely incredible, especially against world-class bowlers”
Swann took for 4-56 in seven overs as the visitors eased to 184-4.
The visitors were evacuated from their hotel in Nottingham during the night after a fire broke out in the fitness centre at the Crowne Plaza at around 02:00 BST
Durham’s players were not rehoused in another hotel until three hours later and they then had to contend with a resilient Notts for the first two sessions.
Lumb faced 226 balls in scoring his 16th first-class century and he was initially helped by night-watchman Luke Fletcher (17), who spent an hour and a half at the crease.
A fine spell of bowling from Scott Borthwick (4-87) got rid of Fletcher, Chris Read (29) and Stuart Broad (10), while Gareth Breese (2-40) accounted for Lumb.
England spinner Swann then posted his highest Championship score in five years to push Nottinghamshire’s lead to 182.
Durham attacked from the start as Stoneman smashed two sixes and eight fours in his 38-ball innings, while Mustard hit two sixes and seven fours in a 54-ball stay.
Swann kept chipping away at one end and took the wickets of Stoneman, Mustard, Ben Stokes and Dale Benkenstein.
But England team-mate Stuart Broad finished with 0-34 from four expensive overs.
Breese (18 not out) hit the winning runs as Durham won at Trent Bridge for only the fourth time in Championship cricket.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Durham captain Paul Collingwood told BBC Radio Newcastle:
“I have never been involved in a game like that. The skill level from Phil Mustard and Mark Stoneman was absolutely incredible, especially against world-class bowlers.
“I think we’re all a bit gob-smacked. It did need something out of the ordinary and these guys can do things like that.
“We never had any sleep last night because of the fire at the hotel, but we managed to keep smiling about it.
“Perhaps we need to do that every week and end up in McDonalds having a coffee at 4am in the morning.”
VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX
BBC Radio Newcastle’s Martin Emmerson:
“Durham pulled off what seemed like the impossible here.
“Their players fielded for nearly the entire day and with little sleep following a fire at the team hotel last night.
“Durham needed 183 to win and a run-rate they would struggle with in a T20 game with fielding restrictions in place.
“Mark Stoneman and Phil Mustard set them on their way, and they got there with six wickets and 2.4 overs to spare.”