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20th June 2010

Dynamos lose to Outlaws by 11 runs

The Outlaws posted 186-4 off their 20 overs with opener Ali Brown unbeaten on 83 at the innings and Samit Patel scoring 51, his fifty coming off 36 balls. 

Scott Borthwick came on in the 13th over and bowled just three deliveries before he left the field after he damaged his finger going for a c&b.  Gareth Breese finished off Borthwick’s over and had to do the same for Albie Morkel in the 20th over, after he was removed from the attack by the umpires, picking up the fourth wicket in the process.

The Dynamos got off to a spritely start and were 40-0 after the first four overs. Ian Blackwell was the first casualty, caught in Pattinson’s first over for 23.  Phil Mustard returned to the dugout shortly after, caught by Hales off Patel for 20, leaving the Dynamos 65-2. 

Ross Taylor added 33 but broke his bat in two hitting a Franks delivery and was out the first ball using his replacement bat.

Albie Morkel was run out for 4 which brought Ben Stokes to the middle to join Dale Benkenstein.  There was a bit of controversy in the 16th over when Benkenstein hit a shot off Pattinson which Hales caught but it wasn’t entirely clear whether he was within the boundary rope.  There was discussion between the umpires, but Dale Benkenstein, after speaking with the fielder, left the field having top scored for the Dynamos with 40. 

Durham needed 24 off the last over, which was just out of reach. Notts won by 11 runs, securing their place at the top of the North Division table.

On his dismissal Benkenstein said, “I saw him catch the ball, flick it back in and catch it again, it was a great piece of work. As I hit the ball I thought I’d got enough on it but it was straight to him. I waited for the umpires to confer but they said they weren’t sure so I thought I’d ask the fielder, I looked him in the eye and asked him if it was out and he said he was 100% sure he’d caught it so I went on his word and walked off. I just feel that’s the way the game should be played. 

“I would have stayed if he was unsure but he said he was 100% sure and I could have been out next ball anyway.  We would have liked to have won the game, that was the main aim, but we’ve come up short. I feel it was the right thing to do but I didn’t want to cost Durham the game.  

“Both sides played good cricket, there wasn’t much between them, but it’s the little things that can change it, there were a few things in the field that we could improve on.  We’re getting better and better with every game.”

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