Stuart Poynter has scored 58* and 66 in his last two games for Durham 2nd XI
STUMPS. Nottinghamshire 2nd XI 252 all out (Ball 56) v Durham 2nd XI 223 all out (Poynter 58*). Nottinghamshire 2nd XI beat Durham 2nd XI by 29 runs.
Points - Nottinghamshire 2, Durham 0.
Durham lost the penultimate match of their second eleven trophy campaign despite an unbeaten half-century from Stuart Poynter.
Ryan Buckley (4-25) helped to bowl Nottinghamshire out for 252 in the final over of the visitors' innings and Durham started well in reply.
An opening stand of 84 between Alex Hickey (49) and Graham Clark (25) gave the hosts a solid platform, but quick wickets tumbled to leave the score on 135-6.
Poynter (58*) and Barry McCarthy (39) added 87 for the seventh wicket until McCarthy was run out and spinner Adam Tillcock (5-39) ensured the innings quickly subsided as Matt Milnes and Max Morley departed in successive balls.
This latest defeat means that Durham have lost their last five trophy matches after starting the campaign with victories over Derbyshire and MCC Young Cricketers. The team's final fixture is against Lancashire at Stockton next week.
After winning the toss and electing to field, Alastair Maiden's men made early breakthroughs courtesy of Josh Bousfield (2-33) and Milnes (1-38).
Pace twins Mark Wood and Jamie Harrison didn't feature, with Wood just playing as a batsman and Harrison expected to play in the championship match between the two sides on Tuesday.
It was spin that caused the real damage however, as first Max Morley (2-44) and then Buckley reduced Nottinghamshire to 135-8.
Skipper Jake Ball, the nephew of England wicket-keeper coach Bruce French, decided to counter-attack and clubbed 10 boundaries in a lively knock of 56 from 49 deliveries as Nottinghamshire scrambled to 252.
Durham were in pole position after seeing off the new ball, but Tillcock's left-arm spin accounted for the key wickets of Clark, home captain Ryan Pringle and then Wood.
The in-form Poynter was left stranded on 58 from 60 balls when Tillcock returned and mopped up the tail in clinical fashion.
Durham 2nd XI play Nottinghamshire 2nd XI again in a championship match starting on Tuesday at South North CC (11am)