Paul Collingwood scored his ninth List A century in the match with Somerset at Taunton
STUMPS. Durham 311-7 (Collingwood 113) v Somerset 315-5 (Hildreth 146*, Gregory 105*). Somerset won by five wickets with 20 balls to spare.
Points - Somerset 2, Durham 0.
Durham lost their opening Royal London One-Day Cup game as Somerset secured a five wicket victory in a high-scoring game at Taunton.
The visitors posted a challenging 311 for seven after winning the toss, Paul Collingwood leading the way with 113, including 12 fours and 3 sixes. Keaton Jennings made 45, Phil Mustard 40 and Gareth Breese 34 not out.
In reply, Somerset slipped to 106 for five before James Hildreth (146*) was joined by Lewis Gregory (105*) in an unbroken stand of 209 – a sixth-wicket record for the county in List A cricket - which entertained a 4,000 crowd and enabled their team to reach the target with 20 balls to spare.
Hildreth faced 134 balls, hitting 13 fours and 3 sixes, while Gregory’s career-best score came off 71 deliveries, with 13 fours and one six. Their partnership occupied just 145 balls.
Earlier, Durham lost three wickets in making 37 from their initial ten overs of power play. Opener Mark Stoneman had made only three when cutting a simple catch to George Dockrell at backward point off Gregory.
It was 25 for two when Colin Ingram at mid-wicket took a sharp catch to send back Calum MacLeod for ten, with Tim Groenewald the successful bowler.
And that became 36 for three when Scott Borthwick, on six, was run out by Gregory’s throw to wicketkeeper Alex Barrow from mid-on, having hesitated in answering Phil Mustard’s call for a quick single.
Left-arm spinner George Dockrell felt the weight of Collingwood’s bat in the 23rd over with a four and six over long-on. Mustard ended the same over with a straight six, but fell shortly afterwards for 40, caught behind aiming to cut Craig Overton.
It was another six off the expensive Dockrell that took Collingwood to his 50 off 49 balls. He shared a century stand in 14.3 overs with Jennings, who hit 7 fours before being well caught at deep mid-wicket by Dockrell off Alfonso Thomas.
Collingwood reached an immaculate hundred off 83 balls, with 10 fours and 3 sixes, in the 39th over. He eventually fell to a stunning one-handed catch at extra cover by former England team-mate Marcus Trescothick, diving to his left.
From 237 for six, Durham finished strongly. Breese and Gordon Muchall (29 not out) adding 54 in 5.3 overs after John Hastings had provided Dockrell with a third catch and Groenewald (2-44) with a second wicket.
Somerset’s top order failed, with Trescothick, Nick Compton and Peter Trego all falling in the first six overs with only 21 on the board as Graham Onions struck twice.
Colin Ingram helped Hildreth steady things with a stand of 82 in 15 overs. But when the South African left-hander was stumped stretching forward to sweep Gareth Breese for 31 and Alex Barrow quickly followed to Collingwood for a duck Somerset looked out of it.
A feature of the stand between Hildreth and Gregory was their scampering between the wickets, putting pressure on the Durham fielders. But both also cleared the ropes and struck numerous handsome boundaries.
Hildreth reached his hundred with a square drive for four off Jennings, having faced 104 balls and hit 10 fours and a six.
Gregory had moved to a 40-ball half-century, with 4 fours and a six, and the 22-year-old went on to reach a near faultless maiden hundred.
Durham centurion Paul Collingwood took consolation from his side's performance in a memorable game.
He said: "The quality of cricket played by both teams was outstanding. When a lad comes in at number seven and hits a 70-ball hundred you have to take your hat off to him.
"But we were in control of the game for long periods and that is something to take forward into our next match."