Ben Stokes: Durham’s One-Day Cup Win!
England all-rounder Ben Stokes admitted it had been “tense the whole way through” after helping Durham lift the One-Day Cup at Lord’s.
The 23-year-old took two wickets and hit an unbeaten 38 as they clinched a three-wicket win over Warwickshire.
“I love coming back to play for Durham. I am absolutely thrilled that we’ve won another title,” said Stokes.
“I just tried to stay as calm as possible and tried to make sure I was there at the end.”
Stokes, who took the wickets of Laurie Evans and Rikki Clarke as Warwickshire were bowled out for only 165, also saw two catches go down off his bowling.
But Durham did not find batting any easier in the late September conditions and Stokes admitted that the regular loss of wickets in their innings forced him to abandon his normal aggressive approach as the pressure built.
“It was tense the whole way through,” he added. “Every time we seemed to get back on top they picked up a wicket.
“There was no scoreboard pressure, so it was just about taking what you got and any boundary balls you felt you could hit had to be taken advantage of.”
Gareth Breese, playing his final match for Durham after 11 seasons with the county, hit the winning runs after an unbroken 36-run partnership with Stokes.
“It was a fantastic team performance and that’s what took us home,”