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3rd May 2009

Dynamos beat Surrey by 1 run

Durham – Mustard (Wkt), Di Venuto, Smith (Capt), Muchall, Benkenstein, Blackwell, Breese, Plunkett, Thorp, Claydon, Harmison S.

Surrey – Afzaal, Newman, Brown, Ramprakash, Spriegel, Elliott, Batty, Schofield, Jordan, Nel, Dernbach, Collins.

Prior to the match the final preparations were made to the newly installed replay screen at Riverside, which acts as a second scoreboard as well as offering replays throughout the match.  Also playing was the new Twenty20 Cup advert promoting the Dynamos upcoming 20 over fixtures – tickets are now on sale for these matches so buy yours now before you forget!

Phil Mustard (61) and Dale Benkenstein (77) both posted high scores as Durham put 266 on the board in their innings.  Liam Plunkett, who returned to the side after representing England Lions in a tour match against the West Indies last week, added a quickfire 30 to the total. 

During the interval Durham bowler Neil Killeen presented certificates to those children that had taken part in the pre match coaching camp.  The next coaching activity at Riverside is scheduled in half term, running from Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 May.  If you would like more details please contact Richard Hopper on 0191 387 1717 or email

MItchell Claydon and Callum Thorp opened the Durham bowling attack with Surrey 10-0 after an over from each.  Claydon claims the first wicket when Brown is caught by Liam Plunkett, bringing Mark Ramprakash onto the field to begin his partnership with Newman – Surrey 58-1.

Liam Plunkett and Ian Blackwell picked up the wickets of Newman and Afzaal with Surrey requiring 89 off 90 balls in the 15 overs remaining. 

Mitchell Claydon was brought on in the 42 over, which signalled the implementation of the second powerplay.  Mustard catches Spriegel off the bowling of Stephen Harmison sending him back to the pavilion with 22 runs to his name.  With 38 balls left Surrey need 50 runs.

Surrey came within a whisker of winning the match after getting themselves into a position of requiring less that one ball a run but wickets on the last two balls of the final over, Plunkett and Benkenstein taking a catch each off the bowling of Ian Blackwell, earned Durham a well earned victory.

Highlights of the match will be uploaded tomorrow morning so don’t forget to check out the action from today’s game,

The Dynamos play Sussex Sharks in the Friends Provident Trophy tomorrow (Mon 4 May) at Riverside.  Tickets are available to purchase on the gate priced at £15 for adults and £6 for juniors so come along and support your team!