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26th July 2009

Durham Dynamos lose to Kent Spitfires by 56 runs

Durham Dynamos awoke to rain in Kent this morning but the weather cleared and by the time the side arrived at the ground the sun was shining, with no delay expected to the start time.  A crowd of around 7000 is expected at Canterbury this evening, including the Durham Supporters Travel Club, so the atmosphere should be great.

BBC Radio Newcastle arrived to find that they had been moved from the radio room to accommodate Five Live so will be commentating from a bench at the front of the pavilion! 

The pre match entertainment is from 3Mix, who bill themselves as the Asian answer to the Backstreet Boys, they do sing live, which the crowd seems to enjoy.  They sing a couple of tracks and try and engage the supporters into a bit of pre match banter, and they are partially successful…..

Kent win the toss and elect to bat first, Will Smith tells Sky that the Dynamos would have opted to field first, in any case.  Kyle Coetzer will be miked up for Sky while Durham field.

Durham – Warner, Mustard+, Smith*, Coetzer, Blackwell, Benkenstein, Breese, B Harmison, Plunkett, Claydon, Killeen.
Kent – Denly, Key*, Jones+, Van Jaarsveld, Stevens, Kemp, McLaren, Parnell, Tredwell, Mahmood, Cook

Neil Killeen opens the bowling from the Nackington Road End and Ian Blackwell from the Pavilion End.  Mitchell Claydon bowls the third over from the Nackington Road End which allows Killeen to change to the Pavilion End for the fourth over.  Liam Plunkett takes the ball from the Pavilion End for the next over.  After five overs Kent were 48 without loss.

The bowling changes continue with Ben Harmison bowling the sixth over from the Pavilion End, Claydon returning for the seventh over and Gareth Breese making his first appearance in the eighth over.

Ben Harmison returns, this time at the Nackington Road End and picks up two wickets with his first and fifth balls, thanks to two fab catches from Mitchell Claydon at short third man running in from the boundary.  Both openers are sent back to the pavilion with Denly scoring 31 and Key 39 leaving Kent 69-2.

Kent were 76-3 after Ben Harmison had a hand in the third wicket running out Geraint Jones for just 2.  Claydon picks up his third catch, and gives Gareth Breese his first wicket, after Van Jaarsveld attempts a reverse sweep, Kent 87-4.

The Spitfires passed the hundred mark in the 15th over and Harmison claimed his third wicket when Stevens (8) was caught by Benkenstein, going for a six.  Neil Killeen returned at the Nackington Road End to bowl the 17th over and picked up his first wicket when Benkenstein caught Kemp, who was on 20, leaving Kent 115-6.

Mitchell Claydon bowled the final over and struck with the fourth ball after Kyle Coetzer caught Mahmood on 14.  

Kent Spitfires posted a total of 149-7 from their 20 overs.

It was an eventful first couple of overs with both openers dismissed by Wayne Parnell, who was making his first Twenty20 Cup appearance of the competition for Kent.  Phil Mustard was caught by Tredwell off the first ball of the innings and Warner caught by Van Jaarsveld at slip in the third over, leaving Durham 5-2.

Kyle Coetzer was stumped by Geraint Jones off the bowling of Cook and Blackwell run out by a direct hit without facing a ball.  At this point Durham were 25-4, requiring 124 from 84 balls with Dale Benkenstein and Will Smith at the crease.

Durham were 39-6 after Will Smith was caught at point by Denly off McLaren for 3 and Gareth Breese was caught at long on by McLaren off Tredwell for 5.

Liam Plunkett added six to the Durham total before he was bowled by Tredwell bringing Ben Harmison to the crease, who fell to the same fate after scoring 6.

Mahmood picked up the last two wickets of the evening when Benkenstein was caught by Stevens for 47 and Claydon was caught behind for 6.  Kent won by 56 runs, securing their third Finals Day appearance.

Durham Dynamos Head Coach Geoff Cook has named a thirteen man squad for their Twenty20 Cup quarter final clash against Kent Spitfires at Canterbury tomorrow (Mon 27 July) as the side look to secure their place at Finals Day for the second year in succession.

Captain Will Smith will lead Durham into his first quarter final with explosive hitter David Warner returning from Australia to open the batting with Phil Mustard, while Kyle Coetzer will be looking to repeat his performance from Durham’s NatWest Pro40 win against Gloucestershire Gladiators on Friday.

Callum Thorp is included in the squad along with seamers Mitchell Claydon, who was the leading wicket taker in the group stages, Liam Plunkett and Neil Killeen plus spinners Gareth Breese and Ian Blackwell.  Dale Benkenstein, all rounder Ben Harmison and Gordon Muchall complete the thirteen man travelling party.

Stephen Harmison, Graham Onions and Paul Collingwood are unavailable for selection due to international commitments.

Keep up to date with the action live on Sky Sports or listen to ball by ball commentary from BBC Radio Newcastle’s Martin Emmerson, who will be joined by Martin Speight from 5.15pm. Tune into 1458AM or listen via the BBC website at

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David Warner (18)
Phil Mustard (19) Wicket Keeper
Kyle Coetzer (30)
Dale Benkenstein (44)
Ian Blackwell (37)
Will Smith (2) Captain
Gordon Muchall (24)
Gareth Breese (70)
Liam Plunkett (20)
Ben Harmison (14)
Mitchell Claydon (25)
Callum Thorp (36)
Neil Killeen (77)