Mustard leads the way for the Dynamos

Simon Presland | cricket20

Phil Mustard excelled with the bat at the Emirates Durham ICG scoring a breathtaking 65 runs during an opening partnership of 102 with Ian Blackwell to help the Durham Dynamos reach 225-2 against the Leicestershire Foxes.

Mustard faced 41 balls during the pairs opening stand dispatching 10 boundaries and a six as the Foxes bowlers were put to the sword in an aggressive opening stand by the Dynamos.

Despite the cold blustery conditions the pair warmed the crowd up with some big hitting with Blackwell following Mustard’s lead with a quick fire 37.

The pair’s partnership came to an end in the 11th over when Mustard miss hit a delivery from Claude Henderson which was easily caught by Jacques du Toit out on the boundary.

Blackwell quickly followed in the next over but with Ross Taylor and former skipper Dale Benkenstein at the crease the Foxes task was made none the easier.

Taylor, who enjoyed a successful spell with the Bangalore Royal Challengers earlier this year in the Indian Premier League quickly settled in at the crease by and proceeded to smash 80 runs from just 33 balls.

The Kiwi brought up a wonderful half century with his third consecutive six off the bowling of Harry Gurney who conceded 24 runs in the 17th over.

The blitz continued in the next over with Benkenstein bringing up the Dynamos 200 with a six off the bowling of Foxes skipper Matthew Hoggard as the visitors started to fall apart.

With the pressure mounting the Foxes conceded a mammoth 71 runs from the last 24 delivers of the match to put the home side on top and leave the visitors with a difficult run chase.
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