PAUL Collingwood’s highest one-day score for two years helped Durham to beat Derbyshire by 43 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method in the Yorkshire Bank 40 match at Chester-le-Street.
Collingwood had a top score of 32 in the competition last year but made 79 from 83 balls as Durham totalled 273 for six.
They took 69 off the last six overs with Gordon Muchall scorching to a 30-ball half-century and remaining unbeaten on 57.
Derbyshire were 70 for three after 16 overs, Graham Onions taking all the wickets, when the drizzle became too heavy for play to continue.
Left-arm paceman Mark Footitt was the pick of Derbyshire’s weakened attack, taking three wickets, while 19-year-old off-spinner Peter Burgoyne also performed creditably.
Back at his original club, Mark Turner’s first three overs cost 25 and it was a surprise when Phil Mustard stepped back in the seventh over in an attempt to hit him over extra cover and missed a straight ball.
Mark Stoneman had holed out at deep backward square leg in the second over, so Collingwood went in at 40 for two.
He had made six off 12 balls when he drove 21-year-old medium pacer Alex Hughes for a straight six.
Otherwise he was content to accumulate steadily in taking the score to 109 after 20 overs. He pulled Turner for his third four to reach 50 off 59 balls and fell in the 36th over, lbw when trying to hit a swinging yorker from Footitt to leg.
Scott Borthwick made 43 and Ben Stokes 40, both scoring at around a run a ball, although Stokes made a quiet start.
On 14 he was dropped at deep mid-wicket by Billy Godleman, who had just made a brilliant stop.
But when Turner returned Stokes drove two straight fours in an over which cost 14 then hammered a straight six off left-arm spinner David Wainwright before driving Footitt to mid-off.
Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen tried three overs of his own off spin but in the third Muchall lofted three successive balls over mid-off for four.
He also drove Footitt over long-on for six and cleared the mid-wicket rope off Wainwright as the 38th over yielded 15 runs.
In Derbyshire’s reply Chesney Hughes hit Onions’ third and fourth balls for four then fell lbw to the fifth, trying to turn a yorker to leg.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 11 before he played back and edged to Mustard in the seventh over and in Onions’ final over Paul Borrington departed for 32 when he pulled a catch to mid-wicket.
That left them well behind the asking rate when the match was brought to a halt by the elements.