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9th September 2019 Match Reports

Weighell stars in seconds win over Leicestershire

Durham 164/6 (Weighell 64*, Poynter 38; Ali 2/35) beat Leicestershire 160/6 (Evans 68; Whitehead 3/33, Potts 2/26) by 4 wickets

James Weighell scored a match winning 64 from 36 balls with four sixes as Durham edged home with two balls to spare against Leicestershire at Emirates Riverside in a T20 friendly.

The visitors scored 160 from 20 overs as Sam Evans led the way with 68 from 47 balls backed by 27 from Harry Dearden.

Ben Whitehead was the pick of the bowlers for Durham with 3/33 from four overs including the wickets of Evans while Matthew Potts struck with 2/26.

Harry Adair got Durham off to a bright start with 22 from 18 balls but once skipper Arron Lilley had him caught, Durham began to collapse at 59/5.

A 101 partnership between Weighell *(64) and Stuart Poynter (38) helped Durham ensure victory over the Foxes, chasing down the required runs in 19.4 overs.

Leicestershire 171/5 (Lilley 54; Whitehead 3/35) beat Durham 168/6 (Poynter 64, Bell 40, Weighell 35) by 5 wickets.

Arron Lilley scored a vital half century as Leicestershire made light work of chasing down 168 against Durham.

Durham won the toss and elected to bat on home soil but soon found themselves in trouble as Brinder Phagura struck to dismiss the top three Durham batsman reducing the home side to 24/3.

Stuart Poynter and Sol Bell then steadied the ship with a 91-run stand to get Durham back on track, before Bell was adjudged LBW for 40 from 31 balls.

Poynter top scored with 64 from 42 balls supported by a quick fire 35 from 26 balls hitting three fours and two sixes as Durham posted a competitive 168 from 20 overs.

Aadil Ali (28), Sam Evans (24) and Donald Butchart (25) got the Foxes off to a positive start, at 80/3.

Arron Lilley then came into bat number six and smashed 54 from 24 balls including five fours and three sixes as Leicestershire won in 18.2 overs.

Ben Whitehead was the pick of the bowlers for Durham with 3/35 from four overs, while Graham Clark and James Weighell both struck.

The seconds will take on Leicestershire again tomorrow in the start of a three day game at Emirates Riverside starting at 10:30am.

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