Durham saw their faint hopes of progressing in the T20Blast ended by a 42-run loss to Nottinghamshire Outlaws, leaving the Jets “devastated”.
John Hastings top scored for Durham with 42 as they were rolled over by a Nottinghamshire side chasing their sixth consecutive quarter-final appearance.
We’re devastated obviously, we haven’t played as well as we would have liked throughout the tournamentJOHN HASTINGS
Riki Wessels made his highest ever T20 score with 97 from 61 balls to lead the Outlaws to the highest T20 score at Chester-le-Street all season.
Durham were in need of a win and helpful results elsewhere to keep their quarter-final hunt going, while Notts simply needed a win to stay in the chase.
Hastings removed Alex Hales early for three, boosting hopes of progression. However, Wessels and Michael Lumb (31) quickly began to take the game away from the Riversiders.
England’s James Taylor (37) then joined Wessels, and the two put together a partnership of 98 before departing to successive Usman Arshad deliveries.
Arshad was the pick of Durham’s bowlers with figures of 2-36, but Ryan Pringle proved best at stifling the partnership, keeping them to a run a ball 24 from his four overs.
Durham began their chase of 198 at lightning speed thanks to Phil Mustard (25) and Mark Stoneman (21).
But they couldn’t stop the visitors from taking wickets at a similar pace, and they were soon left with too much to do.
Hastings and Gordon Muchall (30not out) came together and attempted to recreate their heroics from the win over Yorkshire in May, but the required rate was already out of hand and they could do nothing to overhaul it.
Hastings said: “We’re devastated obviously, we haven’t played as well as we would have liked throughout the tournament.
“We got outplayed today and we’ve learnt a few hard lessons over the last two games.
“Against Yorkshire Jonny Bairstow played an absolutely phenomenal knock and Riki Wessels was the same today.”