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9th May 2010

Bears beat Dynamos by 7 wickets

Will Smith won the toss and elected for Durham to bat first.  The opening pair put on 43 before Blackwell was bowled by Boyd Rankin for 22.  Phil Mustard and Ben Harmison nudged the total past fifty in the tenth over. 

Keith Barker, making his first one day appearance of the season for the Bears, came on at the Old Pavilion End for the 11th over and made an immediate impact, claiming the wicket of Ben Harmison after he was caught at short extra cover by Ian Bell for 9.

A change of bowling at the Old Pavilion End in the 19th over saw Imran Tahir come on and take two wickets in his first two overs, Will Smith caught by Tim Ambrose for 18 and his replacement Ben Stokes trapped lbw for 5.  After 22 overs Durham were 110-4 with Mustard 49* and Muchall 3*.

Mustard, who scored his second fifty of the competition off 60 balls which included five boundaries, was out lbw to Darren Maddy for 61 in the 28th over, bringing Gareth Breese to the crease with Durham 141-5.

The visitors passed the 150 mark in the 30th over and with Muchall having added a quick 26 to the total he was caught by Troughton off Barker shortly after passing the milestone.  In the 36th over, when Durham had 178 on the board, Gareth Breese was bowled by Maddy for 25.

Maddy picked up his third victim when he bowled Plunkett for 11, bringing Stephen Harmison to the crease to join Chris Rushworth, when Durham were 184.  Harmison (8), playing his first competitive one day game of the 2010 season, hit a huge six in the final stages of the game but was caught by Trott off the bowling of Rankin when attempting to repeat the shot.

Durham reached the 200 mark by the end of the 40 overs with Rushworth 5* and Evans 1*. 

Luke Evans had an immediate impact, opening the bowling at the Old Pavilion End, with Carter caught at extra cover by Liam Plunkett without scoring. 

Warwickshire were 59-2 once Ben Harmison picked up the wicket of Ian Bell when he was caught at the mid wicket boundary by Gordon Muchall for 13. 

Jonathan Trott scored steadily to reach fifty from 49 balls, which included seven boundaries.  After eighteen overs the hosts were 95-2.
Trott and Troughton dug in and by the 31st over both had reached milestones – Trott’s century coming off 93 balls and Troughton’s fifty, which he brought up with his only boundary of the innings until that point , off 61 balls.

Trott (103) was eventually run out by a direct throw from Chris Rushworth at mid wicket when Warwickshire were 176-3. 

Troughton and Maddy were still standing at the end when a boundary from the latter pushed the hosts past the two hundred mark, securing Warwickshire a seven wicket victory.

Speaking after the game Will Smith said, “It was a good pitch but if you bowled with good skill and good control on it, it was hard to score.  If we had got 240 is would have been par I think .  We were obviously well short, we had a decent start in the field though, the first six or seven overs were good, then Trott just got away from us.  He’s a class player and knows his game inside out and just took the game away from us. I thought we tried as hard as we could in the field and with the ball, they bowled brilliantly with their slower balls and Yorkers.

“With the short boundary we perhaps got caught up trying to target that instead of playing normally.  Maybe we tried to target it too much. I think one’s and two’s we were quite good at, there weren’t many gaps.  Just when it came to the boundary option we were, sadly, just a little bit lacking.

“Ideally you’d like to have someone bat through and it would have been great if Colonel could have done that but he needed support from us so that the onus wasn’t on him to score under pressure.   We had three or four guys that got themselves in, Blackie, myself, Gordon and Breesey, but when we needed to kick in to help Colonel out we all got out.  Each one of us should be helping him out.  It’s his job to bat through and ours to bat around him. 

“Warwickshire really look impressive in this competition, I think Notts will probably be a bit more of a test aswell.  Leicestershire and Hampshire, the two other teams we’ve played so far, we seem to have the measure of, we play Leicestershire again next and if we can win that then we can keep on Warwickshire’s heels there’s no reason we can’t end up at the top of the group.” 

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