Ben Slater hundred powers Derbyshire to win over Durham
Ryan Pringle's brilliant maiden century for Durham was in vain as Ben Slater's first limited overs hundred powered Derbyshire to a seven wicket Royal London One-Day Cup victory at Derby.
Pringle’s superb 125 from 101 balls was the highest score by a Durham number eight in List A matches and saved his side from humiliation after they had collapsed to 75 for 7.
Usman Arshad helped Pringle add 62, a Durham eighth wicket record in List A cricket, as the visitors recovered to 216 with Shiv Thakor and Andy Carter both taking three wickets for the Falcons.
But Pringle’s heroics were countered by Slater who marked his first 50 overs game for Derbyshire with119 from 137 balls as the Falcons eased home with 8.2 overs to spare.
Durham had started strongly with Mark Stoneman taking four fours from Carter’s second over but the innings disintegrated in the face of some disciplined bowling on a two-paced pitch.
Phil Mustard was bowled playing no shot at Ben Cotton whose opening seven over spell cost only 10 runs and exerted pressure which forced some poor shot selection.
Carter had the last word when Stoneman sliced to backward point and Graham Clark miscued a pull to midwicket as Durham limped to 38 for 3 from the opening powerplay.
The slide continued when Scott Borthwick was superbly caught by Neil Broom at second slip as he tried to run Thakor to third man and Paul Collingwood played across the line in the next over.
Calum MacLeod chopped Thakor into his stumps and Keaton Jennings reverse swept Matt Critchley to gully to leave Durham in disarray after 25 overs but Pringle and Arshad began a fightback that started slowly and then moved into overdrive as Pringle launched a thrilling assault.
After Pringle completed his maiden List A 50 from 59 balls, Arshad was lbw to Thakor but Pringle was now playing some inspired cricket and tore into the bowling with a salvo of powerful strokes.
Cotton was driven for four and lifted over long on for six before Carter was dispatched over the long off boundary in the next over.
Pringle drove Critchley down the ground for another four and two balls later, lifted the leg-spinner high over long on to reach an outstanding hundred which had transformed the contest.
He pulled Alex Hughes for his fourth six before he drove over a full length ball from Carter but his stand of 62 from 37 balls with Chris Rushworth had set a Durham 10th wicket record against Derbyshire and given his team a chance.
But any momentum Pringle had established was quickly removed as Godleman and Slater took 62 from 10 overs and the opening pair continued to cruise with Godleman hoisting Borthwick over long on for six.
Although Godleman edged a drive at Arshad who also pulled off a stunning catch at mid on to remove Hamish Rutherford, Slater accelerated towards his century with two fours and a six from a Borthwick over before holing out two balls short of Derbyshire’s second win in the North Group.