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4th June 2009

Lancashire Lightning v Durham Dynamos

Michael Di Venuto was caught by Horton in the third over off Chapple’s first ball for 7, which brought Muchall to the crease to join Mustard, who added 28 to the score, including the only 6 of the night.  He was caught by Tom Smith in the eleventh over, handing Du Plessis his only wicket of his spell. 

Muchall batted through the innings scoring his fifty off fifty balls, which included five fours.  Ian Blackwell was trapped lbw by Parry for 2, leaving Durham 65-3.  Dale Benkenstein was Parry’s second victim after he was bowled on the first ball of his third over.

Will Smith was caught by Smith off the bowling of Keedy an over later for 2.  Durham were 106-6 after Gareth Breese(8) was bowled my Mahmood.  The Dynamos reached the hundred mark in the eighteenth over scoring 103 off the same number of balls.  Muchall reached his fifty in the last over and returned to the pavilion unbeaten, along with Ben Harmison who had added 13.

Neil Killeen opened the Durham attack with Gareth Breese who picked up the wicket of Paul Horton (1) with his first ball after he was caught by Ben Harmison.

Lancashire were 42-2 in the seventh over after Harmison had Steven Croft (20) caught by Gordon Muchall at deep mid wicket with his second ball.  After thirteen overs Lancashire were 78 – 2 compared with the Dynamos 74-4 at the same stage in their innings.

Du Plessis was caught by Will Smith off Neil Killeen’s third over for 36, leaving Lancashire 90-3.  After a steady batting performance from Tom Smith Lancashire needed 17 off the last three overs.  Ashwell Prince (4) was caught by Muchall in the 18th over off the bowling of Claydon.

Lancashire won by 6 wickets after hitting the winning runs with 5 balls to spare.  Tom Smith was named Man of the Match after his innings of 55 and his two catches in the Durham innings.

Durham’s top scorer Gordon Muchall thinks that an additional thirty runs would have made all the difference and that the Dynamos will fight back after the three week break, “We were probably twenty runs short on a used wicket [which has been used for the past five home games at Old Trafford] so 135 was probably a good target, once again we pushed them close but it wasn’t good enough really.   Geoff’s a big believer in individuals putting in performances to win one or two games per season and I guess I have to take some responsibility for not getting a bigger total. 

“The batting line up just hasn’t fired yet, we keep losing wickets in clusters but the decision to bat first wasn’t necessarily the wrong one, we just didn’t back it up.  We’ve got a little bit of a break from Twenty20 with some championship cricket and then Dave Warner arrives for the second batch of games so we’re by no means out of the competition, but we have made it hard for ourselves.  There’s no reason why we can’t win our remaining games.”

Phil Mustard (19) Wicket Keeper
Michael Di Venuto (23)
Gordon Muchall (24)
Will Smith (2) Captain
Ian Blackwell (37)
Dale Benkenstein (44)
Gareth Breese (70)
Ben Harmison (14)
Mitchell Claydon (25)
Graham Onions (9)
Neil Killeen (77)
Will Gidman (21)