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30th August 2019 T20 Blast

Durham close Blast Campaign with victory over Notts Outlaws

Durham 171/8 (S Steel 45, Clark 41, Short 36; Christian 3/26) beat Notts Outlaws by 47 runs (Moores 33; Rimmington 3/15)

Durham put in an all-round top performance with the bat and ball to round their Vitality Blast T20 campaign with a 47-run victory over Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge.

The Outlaws faded dramatically in pursuit of a victory target of 172 and were bowled out for just 124 in only 17.2 overs in front of a crowd of 13,078.

Tom Moores made 33 for the home side but lacked support, with Nathan Rimmington taking three for 15 for the visitors.

Earlier, Durham posted 171 for eight, after opting to bat first, with Scott Steel making 45 from only 24 balls, with five fours and three sixes. Dan Christian, the Outlaws’ captain was the pick of the bowlers, taking three for 26.

Durham wasted little time in peppering the Trent Bridge boundaries via any means possible.

From only the second ball of the match Steel played an exquisite switch-hit high into the stand.

The 20-year old dominated the strike as the visitors brought up their 50 in only 4.1 overs, with 18 coming from a single Harry Gurney over.

Notts struggled to stem the flow of big hits as 69 came from the powerplay overs but only one more run was added before Christian broke the opening partnership in the seventh over, having Steel caught in the deep by Jake Libby.

D’Arcy Short clubbed Carter away for another maximum and then did the same to Christian, before the Australian got the better of his countryman to dismiss him for 36.

Carter had been hit for 25 from his first two overs but he responded to finish with two for 37 as the batting side slid to 131 for five after 15 overs.

Pakistan international Imad Wasim, playing his first match since a short break back to his homeland to get married, bowled Gareth Harte to further damage north-east aspirations.

Graham Clark provided some late power-hitting, clearing the ropes three times in a 24-ball knock of 41, to set a challenging total.

The target seemed even further away as Durham struck twice.

Liam Trevaskis, with 15 previous wickets in the format, celebrated as Joe Clarke drove to backward point and Ben Duckett – after clubbing two mighty sixes – hit to long-on for 17.

Rimmington reduced the hosts to 29 for three, as Alex Hales chopped on, for only eight.

Notts’ re-build was put on hold as Patel and Libby fell during the middle overs, leaving 96 still required from the final 10 overs.

Adair had his redemption, catching Christian off Matthew Potts and when Tom Moores fell the end came quickly.

D’Arcy Short them picked up two in two balls as the home side were bowled out in 17.2 overs.


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