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Dynamos clinch home quarter tie

There was just enough action at Chester-le-Street tonight for Andrew Flintoff to record his best Twenty20 figures of four for 12 from two overs as Durham hosted Lancashire.

When the North Division's top-of-the-table battle was abandoned after the fourth interruption, Lancashire were eight for two in reply to Durham's 77 for seven from 10 overs.

After five overs' play in three short bursts spanning two hours, Durham were 27 for one, and with the match reduced to 10 overs a side they added a further 50.

The slog was on when England all-rounder Flintoff was introduced for the eighth over and had Dale Benkenstein caught at extra cover with his first ball.

Albie Morkel steered the next ball to third man for four and was then bowled making room for a repeat.

In the final over, Flintoff also bowled Shaun Pollock and off the last ball, a full toss, he had Liam Plunkett sensationally held at deep mid-wicket by Lou Vincent, who flung himself to his left to take the one-handed catch.

Both sides had already qualified for the quarter-finals, but the point Durham gained ensured they finished top of the table and they were handed a home tie against Yorkshire. Lancashire are away to Middlesex.

Benkenstein chose to bat when play began on time at 5.30pm, but only 13 balls had been bowled before umpires Barrie Leadbeater and Rob Bailey took the players off in light rain.

They returned after five minutes but only a further nine balls had been bowled when they went off for an 80-minute break.

Steven Croft's two overs for Lancashire cost 33 runs, although he was unlucky when he had Pollock dropped on nought by Francois Du Plessis at long-off.

Pollock hit the next two balls for four and six as 19 came off the ninth over, while Phil Mustard had also driven Croft for six on his way to 27 off 26 balls.

Vincent began Lancashire's reply with a four behind square off Pollock but was bowled without addition then Plunkett's slower ball deceived Stuart Law into lobbing a catch to point.

But after four balls of the second over, the fourth interruption proved terminal.

source - sportinglife.com
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