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25th July 2010

Outlaws beat Dynamos by five wickets

Durham were put into bat first after losing the toss and after three early wickets which saw them at 36-3 after 9.4 overs.  The total was bolstered by 77 from Gordon Muchall and the Dynamos finished their forty overs with 181 on the board.

Pattinson, Fletcher and Franks shared the first three wickets with Di Venuto bowled for 17, Ben Harmison bowled without scoring and Dale Benkenstein (2) caught behind.

Phil Mustard was bowled by Graeme White in the 22nd over, adding 29. Samit Patel had to complete Fletcher’s sixth over after the bowler limped off the field mid way though and was successful with his first delivery – catching Ian Blackwell off his own bowling for 14, leaving the Dynamos 107-5.

Patel went on to pick up the wicket of Ben Stokes, bowling him for 12.  Gordon Muchall caused the Outlaws the most problems, he was dropped and went on to reach 50 from 73 deliveries – including three boundaries, but was eventually out for 77 after being caught and bowled by Mullaney.

Gareth Breese added a quickfire 17 before he was caught by Adams, subbing for Fletcher, off the bowling of Pattinson.  The Dynamos finished up with 181-8 on the board.

Ali Brown was the first Notts wicket to fall when he was bowled by Chris Rushworth for 8 leaving the visitors 26-1.  Liam Plunkett picked up the second scalp when Muchall caught Wood, dismissing him for just 11. 

Alex Hales and Samit Patel scored quickly and put on 86 before the latter was stumped on 46.  His replacement in the middle, David Hussey, lasted just four balls before he was caught behind off Claydon without scoring.    The Outlaws were 172-5 after Stephen Mullaney (8) fell to the same fate. 

Hales remained unbeaten throughout the innings and with captain Chris Read guided the Outlaws to victory with a boundary and 25 balls to spare.

At the close of play spoke to the Dynamos top scorer, Gordon Muchall, “I’ve got a couple of scores in the league over the last few weekends.  I’d been playing in the back end of the t20 and it’s sometimes difficult to change between formats, sometimes you can lose your rhythm, I hadn’t been feeling that good so  I think getting those knocks in in the league definitely helped.

“Today we lost a couple of early wickets so it definitely was a case to try and get some kind of platform to unleash from in the last few overs.  But unfortunately we were a couple short in the end so it was all in vain really.  Early on with the new ball it didn’t swing, it sort of nibbled around a bit and full credit to their bowlers, they bowled pretty straight in good areas. 

We had targeted about 220, they bowled well and it was tough to get away.  We lost wickets consistently and never really got any partnerships together where both batsman could get going.  We play Scotland next week so there’s a chance to get a win on the board and get a run started.”