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21st July 2008

Durham Begin Pro40 With a Win

Collingwood hit 78 not out off 66 balls with three fours and six sixes and, along with Chanderpaul (58 not out), shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 132 after Durham were reduced to 70 for three following some excellent seam bowling from Tyrone Henderson. Durham had bowled Middlesex out for 200 from only 36.1 overs thanks to Steve Harmison (4-31) and despite Middlesex batsman Owais Shah scoring 73 from 58 balls.

Durham lost their first wicket in the sixth over when Phil Mustard’s attempted pull shot flew straight up in the air where Shah took a simple catch. Fellow opener Michael Di Venuto slowly progressed to 25 before he became the second wicket to fall caught at backward point with the score on 60.

Will Smith was bowled by Murali Kartik 10 runs later for 14 before the international duo saw the Dynamos home to victory with the last 60 runs coming in just 4.2 overs. Having been put into bat, Middlesex were quickly into their stride as openers Ed Joyce and Billy Godleman shared a stand of 54 before Godleman fell in the 10th over.
The left-hander, on 16, looked to cut a ball that was too close from Graham Onions and chopped onto his stumps.

With the score on 86, the Crusaders lost their second wicket when Joyce, who had moved on to 49, played across the line and was trapped lbw giving Harmison his first wicket. Joyce had faced just 42 balls with nine fours and a six.
Just three balls later, Henderson was run out for one after being called for a second by Shah which was never really there. Shah did redeem himself by scoring a superb half century before Eoin Morgan chipped to midwicket for 21.

Shah continued to attack and was particularly severe on Collingwood whose four overs went for 41 runs.
Having been struck for successive sixes in the 23rd over by Shah, Collingwood gained his revenge by running out his England one-day colleague with an excellent piece of fielding at midwicket. The Crusaders soon lost Ben Scott and Shaun Udal in quick succession, both chipping to Will Smith at extra cover off Harmison.

The paceman then had Dawid Malan taken at backward point for 10 before Kartik ran himself out for three. The innings was wrapped up in the 37th over when Liam Plunkett snapped up Tim Murtagh for seven.