Nottinghamshire saw their run of four straight defeats come to an end on Friday night when they were bested by Leicestershire in what was an upset.
It was clear where the group leaders lost the game. At 115-2 and 133-3 during 12th and 13th overs, a score above 200 was almost inevitable. This was when the Notts suffered an inexplicable collapse, eventually losing all their wickets, with the scoreboard reading an abysmal 173.
With the ball, Nottinghamshire bowlers got an early breakthrough but then the pairing of Josh Inglis and Aaron Lilley, both of whom scored whirlwind 42, provided the Foxes the foundation that was so solid that even when they departed and the wickets started falling, the target was never within out of reach.
The defeat wouldn’t hurt Notts much as it was only their second of the campaign and they have already secured a quarter-final berth at home.
Durham are coming off a slim defeat that could have gone their way, had they made a slight more push and been slightly more lucky in the death overs. They fell just six runs short of the big 200-run target set by Lancashire on Friday night.
The match was pretty much lost when Durham bowlers had allowed such a massive total – more than half of which came during the opening-wicket stand between Finn Allen and Keaton Jennings.
When Allen fell with 101 on board in just the 9th over, Durham were on track to amass even a bigger total than what they eventually managed but the middle-order could not match the Kiwi’s pace.
A slight cause of concern for Durham should be the form of their captain Cameron Bancroft, who has had several underwhelming performances.