Durham 342 (Borthwick 88, Clark 86, Baker 6-46) beat Somerset 333 (Green 157, Rushworth 3-58, Gibson 3-54) by 11 runs
Durham posted 342 all out after losing the toss, Scott Borthwick making 88 off 67 balls, including 3 sixes and 11 fours, and Graham Clark a more measured 86. Nineteen-year-old seamer Baker claimed a career-best six for 46 from 10 overs then he tried to stop the one-way traffic.
Somerset slumped to 195 for eight in reply before Green – with little support – launched an incredible onslaught in the face of almost impossible odds, hitting 12 sixes and 10 fours in an unforgettable innings of 157 from 84 balls.
It was only enough to raise the score to 333 all out, but provided rich entertainment for a crowd of 3000 on one of the hottest days of the year.
Green said: “If only we could get ten more runs out of it. I never hit the ball better and that’s why I went for another six in the final. have lost the game.”
Earlier, Jonathan Bushnell, making his List A debut, contributed a combined 24 to a Durham opening stand of 60 in 13 overs with Clark before becoming Baker’s first victim, miscuing a catch to fine leg.
Borthwick hit the first six of the match off Lewis Goldsworthy before Clark moved to a sold half-century, off 77 balls, with 6 fours.
Borthwick’s fluent fifty occupied just 42 deliveries as Durham laid the foundations for a challenging score, reaching 124 for one at the halfway point of their innings.
Clark took the ropes from Green and Goldsworthy before falling with the total on 191, bowing with a swing at Green. He faced 101 balls and hit 2 sixes and 10 fours.
Nic Maddinson kept the momentum going with 24 off 13 balls before being bowled by an attempted big hit from Baker. The Somerset youngster removed Borthwick in the same over, the 36th of the innings, and pinned Sean Dixon lbw for 11.
The hosts had given a debut to 19-year-old seamer Alfie Ogborne, from Yeovil, who bowled four clean overs for 21 and Paul Coughlin ran a throw to the bowler’s end from deep mid-wicket to 260 to make for six.
Liam Trevaskis averted all thoughts of a Durham collapse with a quick 44, including a six and 6 fours, while Tomas Mackintosh weighed in with 28 before driving a catch to long-on to give up Baker’s fifth wicket.
Oliver Gibson was yorked by Baker, whose previous best list A figures had been three for 46, and Durham’s innings was wrapped up by another run out in the final. Somerset’s reply had reached 26 in the sixth over when Steve Davies was caught behind for nine to a wide delivery from Gibson.
Matt Renshaw survived a chance for Coughlin at mid-on to Chris Rushworth but perished in the same over for 23, driving a catch to mid-off to make it 36 for two.
Playing in what may well prove the final contest of his illustrious Somerset career, James Hildreth was soon troubled by a muscle injury and made just 12 before being caught at deep cover by 18-year-old seamer Stanley McAlindon.
Goldsworthy (27) and George Bartlett (34) shared a stand of 56. But they fell in quick succession, Bartlett driving Gibson in the air to mid-off and Goldsworthy caught and bowled over his head by Borthwick to make it 120 for five .
Green and James Rew added 46 before the latter took a catch to deep square off Trevaskis. Kasey Aldridge dropped leg for Rushworth and Jack Brooks followed, but if Durham thought the job was done, Green had other ideas.
After reaching a 45-ball fifty, his maiden List A hundred took just 14 more deliveries as he blasted four sixes in an over from Borthwick and four more off consecutive balls from Gibson.
They were massive blows from the inspired captain, who continued to put Durham’s bowlers to the sword in a frenetic final, dominating the stands with Ogborne and Baker.
Somerset needed 11 from the final over, sent down by Gibson. There was visible relief among the Durham players when the second ball saw Green well caught by Trevaskis diving forward at long-on.
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