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26th May 2009

Derbyshire beat Durham by 59 runs

Graham Onions picked up the first wicket of the night when Greg Smith was caught by Ian Blackwell for 0. There was a flurry of activity in the thirteenth over when captain Chris Rodgers and former Durham player Garry Park both reached their fifties, off 36 and 33 balls respectively.  Rodgers, who was making his first appearance in Twenty20 for Derby, was then caught by Will Smith on the boundary off the bowling of Gareth Breese, without adding to his score.

Garry Park (50) was run out in the next over bringing Stuart Law to the crease.  Much anticipation surrounded this appearance as he was set to use the new specialist T20 bat, the Mongoose, for the first time.  Wavell Hinds (1) was caught behind giving Onions his second victim, leaving Derbyshire 104-4 off 14 overs.

Graham Wagg was run out on the last ball of innings with Derbyshire finishing on 175-6 off their 20 overs.

Tom Lungley set himself up for a hat-trick after bowling Michael Di Venuto (7) and Will Smith (0) in consecutive balls but didn’t quite manage to take full advantage.  Ian Blackwell became Graham Wagg’s only victim after he was caught by Jamie Pipe for 8. 

Kyle Coetzer was Durham’s highest contributor adding 31 to the score before being bowled by Mark Lawson.  The Dynamos were 83-6 once Dale Benkenstein (10) was bowled by Tim Groenewald.  Mitchell Claydon was caught by Chris Rodgers on 2 off the bowling of Lawson and shortly after Gareth Breese became the first of Garry Park’s scalps when he was bowled for 16.  Stephen Harmison fell to the same fate bringing Neil Killeen to the crease, who was bowled for 3 by Lungley.

Durham finished on 116 off 15.3 overs, with Derbyshire Phantoms winning by 59 runs.

“It was a patchy performance initially and sadly with the batting we didn’t show anything like the application that was necessary.  Derby played well and we didn’t bowl particularly badly, the crucial part was an over or two later when we got Park and Rodgers out in one over, picked up another wicket or two and they were hovering around at about 105-4 and that was a time that we could have taken a hold of the game and restricted them to about 150.  I think without looking at the stats I think they went on to get about 70-odd off the last eight overs which just took the game away from us, “said Head Coach Geoff Cook.

“Twenty20 cricket is unpredictable at the best of times, what you have to do as a team is make sure that you’re doing the right things to give yourself a chance of winning the game and we didn’t do that enough, both with bat and ball. 

“This sort of performance has occurred too often this year, at least three times we haven’t managed to bat the overs through (against Sussex and Gloucester in the Friends Provident Trophy and in this T20 match) so we sat down after the game and spoke about the possible reasons that these things happening, you talk and analyse about these things as much as you want but the next stage is to go out onto the field and put them right” added Cook