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28th June 2009

Durham to face Kent in Twenty20 Cup Quarter Final

The Men in Black beat Leicestershire Foxes by 6 wickets at Grace Road to claim their place in the Twenty20 Cup quarter finals. 

Dynamos Captain Will Smith was delighted with the win, “We were brilliant today, our bowling and fielding was brilliant.  We were going to bat if we had won the toss so was a bit disappointed not to do that but having seen how we have bowled and fielded recently I knew that we just had to play like we had been and keep them restricted.  I thought even if we kept them at around 160/170 we would have got them.  It was a good wicket and we just did the basics better.  Even if we had batted first we would have backed ourselves to win. 

“There were a few great performances, Mitchell Claydon was one, the way he bowled, having lost the toss, then having to bowl first and taking 3-19 was brilliant, Ben’s bowling was good aswell, Liam Plunkett and Neil Killeen bowled well too and  David Warner gave us a great start with the bat.  We’ve tried to emphasise the importance of match winning performances and to have four or five guys doing that in one game, it was almost destined that we were going to win.”

With Leicestershire also having recorded several consecutive wins it was a straight battle between the two sides for the final quarter final place allotted to the North Division.

“We knew at the end of the first batch of matches that we hadn’t played as well as we would have liked, we were unlucky on several occasions, there were a few last ball finishes that could have gone either way but having said that perhaps those results gave us a bit of a spur to make sure that we were nailed on for these four games.  In these last four games we have been fantastic, absolutely amazing, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.  It sets us up nicely”, added Smith.

Durham will face last year’s losing Twenty20 Cup finalists, Kent Spitfires, at Canterbury, revisiting the ground where they sealed their historic County Championship title win in 2008. 

“We knew if we qualified that we probably would be in second place and that we would be travelling.  A quarter final place was all we wanted, whether it was home or away.  We’ve proved today that we can go to other people’s grounds and perform well”, Smith said.