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2nd July 2010

Bears beat Dynamos by five wickets

The Bears won the toss and elected to field first which proved to be the right decision after the first four Dynamos wickets fell fairly cheaply and were 23-4, with the top four back in the dug out.

A hat-trick for Imran Tahir brought together Albie Morkel and Gareth Breese who boosted the Durham total with their 66 run partnership, which was broken with the last ball of the innings, when Morkel, going for a maximum, was caught by Botha off Barker for 48.  The Dynamos posted the Bears a target of 118 for the win.

Albie Morkel had Will Smith come on as a runner for the final three overs  of the Durham innings after he suffered a slight strain to his thigh and was replaced in the field by Kyle Coetzer.

The Dynamos made a breakthrough in the third over when Coetzer caught Carter off Stephen  Harmison leaving the Bears 9-1.

Sharp fielding from Ben Harmison and Will Smith saw two run outs putting Maddy and Westwood out of the equation.

The Bears maintained their run rate and passed the total set with two overs to spare, Clarke (29*) and Botha (9*) pushing the visitors into the points.

Captain Phil Mustard spoke to at the close of play “It’s shown throughout the whole competition that we haven’t been able to bat to our capabilities, on paper we’ve got a really strong team and in the middle we haven’t been able to produce. 

“You’ve got to give credit to the bowlers, they’ve run in and tried hard and we were really good in the field, there was a lot of energy, a target of 117 wasn’t great but I think we did well do make them work until the last few overs.  It was a blow that we didn’t have Albie to bowl for us because he’s been good for us in the competition so far.

“We need to go back to the drawing board and prepare for the next game.  We’re professional enough to come back stronger.”

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