Neil Edwards made a successful return from a broken hand to help Nottinghamshire’s Second Eleven qualify for the semi-finals of the 50-over Trophy.

Notts are assured of a home draw having won the northern section and will await the conclusion of the southern group fixtures before learning their opposition.

Edwards scored 34 runs as Notts successfully chased a Duckworth-Lewis target of 251 from 47 overs after Durham posted 261-6.

“I was hitting the ball quite nicely and there was no pain in the hand during my innings although I’m not quite ready to field at slip,” said Edwards.

“The plate and screws will remain in place provided that they don’t cause me any discomfort and I’m keen to score runs in the second xi and get myself ready for any opportunities to play first team cricket.

“I’ll have one further x-ray to check the bone has calcified correctly and hopefully I’m in the final stages of my rehabilitation.”

Scott Elstone (49) and Michael Robson (38) were unbeaten as Notts secured victory with two overs to spare.

Luke Fletcher conceded just six runs from his first six overs and ran out former Durham captain Will Smith. Akhil Patel ran out Ben Harmison and Graeme White finished with 2-42 from his ten overs.