Luke Fletcher created a match-winning opportunity but could only muster a single off the final ball to leave Notts still in search of their first NatWest Pro40 win of the season.
Fletcher finished unbeaten on 40 from 25 balls having arrived at the crease with the match looking like a lost cause. Needing 12 off the final two balls, he hit the first for six to take the game to a fitting climax.
“Fletch did well today because by his own admission he’s been a little bit out of form with the bat but he went out there with nothing to lose and showed that he can hit fours and sixes under pressure,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“Going forward, I’ve spoken about him becoming a genuine number eight and that might be a way off yet but he’s certainly capable of batting at number nine in all forms of the game.
“Akhil Patel did well to get us into a position where we had a fighting chance and we made the game a lot closer than some may have though.”
In a game reduced to 35 overs a side, Durham won the toss and elected to bat with only four of the eleven players that beat Notts in the LV County Championship fixture named in the side.
Jason Brown was the only Notts bowler to take two wickets with Fletcher, Carter, Adams and Patel taking one each as Durham posted 224-6.
Opener Mark Wagh top-scored for the Outlaws with 56 with useful contributions from Samit (36) and Akhil Patel (23).