Gordon Muchall top scored for Durham Jets with 32 (photo: Ian Horrocks)
STUMPS: Nottinghamshire Outlaws 129-7 v Durham Jets 132-8. Durham Jets won by three runs at Trent Bridge.
Durham Jets bounced back from their NatWest T20 Blast defeat to Lancashire Lightning with a thrilling three run win over Nottinghamshire Outlaws at Trent Bridge.
Mark Stoneman's side were indebted to some fine bowling from Chris Rushworth (3-19), who held his nerve to bowl a wonderful final over.
Nottinghamshire required nine to win from the last six balls, but Rushworth only conceded five from the first five deliveries and then had Sam Wood caught off the final ball to spark jubilant celebrations.
Rushworth and his fellow bowlers had to be at their best after Durham had stuttered to 132-8. Only Gordon Muchall (32*) and Phil Mustard (27) offered concerted resistance, and the total appeared to be below par. However, the Outlaws couldn't recover from a poor start as the Jets stifled a strong batting line-up.
During the Durham innings, Steven Mullaney (4-25) and Andy Carter (3-31) were the chief tormentors.
The in-form Calum MacLeod was one of two early wickets for Carter, who also dismissed Stoneman during the power play overs. Stoneman miscued a drive to be caught at mid on, before MacLeod struck a sumptuous boundary through the covers and then picked out Lumb to depart the very next ball.
Pace off the ball proved deadly as the medium pace of Mullaney accounted for Collingwood, who offered a simple return catch to the bowler. Mustard tried to counter-attack against Mullaney and fired the first six of the match in the 10th over but, like MacLeod, he was caught by Lumb straight after hitting a boundary.
Mullaney then accounted for Ben Stokes and Ryan Pringle in successive balls and although Usman Arshad survived the hat-trick ball, Durham were reeling at 76-6.
After Arshad was yorked by the Carter and Gareth Breese gave Lumb a third catch of the evening, Muchall tried to give the innings some late impetus.
The former Durham school pupil hit 158* at Trent Bridge earlier in the week and smashed two sixes before the end of the innings.
The Jets needed early pressure and some quick wickets and Chris Rushworth duly obliged. The 27 year old ripped out Alex Hales' middle stump and then home skipper James Taylor smashed a sweep shot straight to Stoneman.
A disastrous power play for the Outlaws was completed when Mark Wood had the dangerous Lumb caught by MacLeod. That wicket left the hosts struggling on 24-3 as the fielding restrictions were lifted.
With the required run rate climbing, Patel hit out but only succeeded in giving Wood a catch to give the impressive Breese (1-24) a deserved wicket. Read struck a quick-fire 23 from just 13 balls before Arshad induced an edge from the former England man and fellow keeper Mustard took a simple catch.
Held back until the 18th over, Stokes came into the attack and made a big impact as he beat Riki Wessels with a delivery that thundered into the stumps.
In the final delivery of the penultimate over, Sam Wood cleared the boundary, leaving Nottinghamshire with nine required to win from the final over.
The Outlaws appeared to be favourites as they collected four runs from the first two balls, but Rushworth had other ideas.