Notts Outlaws must now rely on otherresults going their way to qualify for the semi-finals of the Friends ProvidentTrophy after a one-wicket defeat by Durham.
Notts Outlaws 238 -8 (Fleming 98)
Durham Dynamos 242-9 (Ealham 3-20)
Durham Dynamos won by one wicket
The two sides went into the match knowingthat the victor would be assured of a place in the last four of thecompetition.
But despite a stylish 98 from skipperStephen Fleming and a tight spell from Mark Ealham, the hosts were able tosqueeze home by one wicket with an over to spare.
Fleming opted to bat after winning the tossbut had a rebuilding job to do when Bilal Shafayat, Mark Wagh and David Husseyall fell cheaply.
Samit Patel and Chris Read helped the NewZealander with useful partnerships as both made 30, while Fleming hit 13 foursbefore he was caught behind two short of his century.
Phil Mustard put Notts on the back footwith a rapid 71, but two quick wickets from Ealham put the visitors back in thehunt.
With the wickets falling, Durham stillneeded 21 off four overs when last man Neil Killeen came in.
But all-rounder Gareth Breese hit anunbeaten 68 to seal the victory with two consecutive boundaries off AJ Harris.
The result leaves Notts in third place inthe North Conference with one game left in the group stages, followingWarwickshire's win over Scotland.
It means that the Outlaws have to beatLancashire on Wednesday and hope that their conquerors Durham claim victoryover Warwickshire to qualify for the semi-finals.