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24th July 2009

Smith: The win has given us confidence

Durham posted a total of 206 with Kyle Coetzer and Ben Harmison steadying the Durham innings with a partnership of 66 after a few early wickets fell.  The Dynamos fielded well and had Gloucestershire at 80-3 before  62 from Will Porterfield put the Gladiators back into the game.  It looked like they would forge ahead but four quick wickets just after they passed the hundred mark saw them slip to 104-7. 

It all went down to the final over with Gloucester 205-9, requiring just two runs.  Alex Gidman, who had returned to the field with a runner, having been hit on the nose by a Claydon delivery earlier in the match, hit the ball straight into Phil Mustard’ s gloves and handed Plunkett his second wicket of the match and Durham their first win of the competition.

Captain Will Smith gives is his thoughts on the game and why he thinks the win will help the side ahead of their Twenty20 Cup quarter final against Kent Spitfires at Canterbury on Monday.

“It was a nailbiting finish, we probably lost it three times and won it three times going into that last over but I was always confident that having got them seven or eight down quickly that we just needed one or two balls to go our way and us to get the wickets and that would be the end of it.  If they were only four or five down then it would have been a different story. 

“They were always slightly behind because they had lost so many wickets so it was a case of holding our nerve and someone being calm and taking the responsibility of getting those wickets.  We cut it a bit fine in the end, I think we could have won it slightly more comfortably but having said that it was such an up and down game that to come out as the winning side is the main thing.

“We would have liked anywhere between 220 and 240 so we were probably slightly under par with that.  We only really had one significant partnership with Kyle [Coetzer] and Ben [Harmison].  In a one day game you hope at least for two fairly big partnerships and that’s going to build a big score.  When we were at the half way stage I thought runs on the board on that wicket gave us an advantage.

“We were really good in the field, just like at Scarborough, in one day cricket we said we were going to try and bring in a little bit more energy and more athleticism and that has been spot on in these last two games.  We can only do so much in a one day game, so when you field that well, like we did today, it can save you 20 or 30 runs, and we got two run outs as well.