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4th September 2009

Essex beat Durham by 7 wickets

The rain held off at Riverside this morning with play starting on time.  Essex Eagles won the toss and elected to field first.

Durham – Mustard, Blackwell, Harmison, Smith, Chanderpaul, Coetzer, Breese, Gidman, Plunkett, Borthwick, Claydon
Essex – Cook, Chopra, Maunders, Walker, Pettini, Foster, Phillips, Napier, Masters, Westfield, Kaneria

The Durham opening pair, Blackwell and Mustard, put on a partnership of 100 before Blackwell was caught by Cook off Napier for 59. Blackwell brought up his fifty (40 balls, 8 x 4’s and 2 x 6) with a huge 6 which flew over the sightscreen into the Sky compound at the Lumley End of the ground. 

Ben Harmison added 28 to the Durham total before he was caught by Maunders off Phillips in the 20th over, leaving the hosts 139-2. Phil Mustard’s fifty came off 61 balls and included five fours.

After 30 overs Durham were 192-2 but Wil Smith fell shortly after, having been caught and bowled by Danish Kaneria for 19.  The 200 mark was passed in the 32nd over with Mustard and Chanderpaul at the crease.

Mustard’s first century of the season was hit off 99 balls and included eight fours and two sixes.  Durham were 244-4 after Chanderpaul was run out by Phillips for 17.

Phil Mustard was caught by Pettini off the bowling of Kaneria for 102, leaving Durham 245-5 with four overs remaining.

Gareth Breese became Napier’s second victim after he was caught by Kaneria having scored 23 off 13 balls.

Durham posted a total of 272-6 off their 40 overs.

Mitchell Claydon and Will Gidman opened the Durham attack with Gidman picking up the wicket of Eagles captain Mark Pettini in his second over after he was caught by Ben Harmison for 3, leaving the visitors 11-1.

Ben Harmison and Liam Plunkett both came on for spells before being replaced at both ends by spinners, Gareth Breese at the Lumley End and Ian Blackwell at the Finchale End.

Cook scored fifty at a run a ball, including six fours, with Essex then requiring 214 from 29 overs.  Napier was caught by Coetzer off Breese for 63 leaving Essex 128-2.

Blackwell picked up his first wicket of the ball when he caught and bowled Chopra for 11…Essex 155-3

An unbeaten century from Cook and 83 off 38 balls for James Foster saw Essex secure a seven wicket victory from 36.5 overs.

Durham Dynamos take on Essex Eagles in their NatWest Pro40 match at Riverside tomorrow (Saturday 5 September), both teams have four points which puts them in fifth and sixth place in the table, having each played five, won two and lost three matches.  The Eagles are slightly ahead on run rate.

Head Coach Geoff Cook has named a twelve man squad for this match, which includes Dale Benkenstein, who was rested for last week’s match against Sussex Sharks.

“The weather is improving and by midday tomorrow we should get some cricket in. We will continue our policy of playing young players in the Pro40 and also give Shiv and Dale a chance to continue their good batting form”, said Cook.

Please note this match will start at 12.45am due to the altered start times for games in September.

 Gates open at 10.45am and tickets are available to purchase priced at £15 for adults and £6 for juniors. 

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Ian Blackwell (37)
Phil Mustard (19)
Ben Harmison (14)
Will Smith (2)
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (3)
Dale Benkenstein (44)
Kyle Coetzer (30)
Gareth Breese (70)
Will Gidman (21)
Liam Plunkett (20)
Mitchell Claydon (25)
Scott Borthwick (16)