Henderson hammers the Dynamos
Tyron Henderson was the hero for the Middlesex Crusaders smashing 59 of just 21 balls to see off the Durahm Dynamos and book a place in the Twenty20 Cup Final against the Kent Spitfires.
Henderson came to the crease to join Owais Shah with the Crusaders 65 for 2 after 9 overs , he proceeded to smash 7 sixes on his way to a brilliant 59 to lead the Crusaders into the Final and the Champions League.
The Middlesex Crusaders got off to a slow but steady start with Billy Godleman and ED Joyce combing to put on 65 runs for the opening wicket before Godleman was trapped LBW by Gareth Breese. In the next over with the score still on 65 Joyce was back in the dugout after being brilliantly stumped by Mustard off the bowling of Paul Wisman for 41.
After winning the toss the Dynamos got off to the worst possible start losing a wicket in the first over, Michael Di Venuto departed after just three balls flashing at a angled deliver from Tim Murtagh which was caught behind by Kartik.
After the early lose Paul Collingwood and Phil Mustard started the process of recovery for the Dynamos as they targeted Dirk Nannes smashing him for 26 off his first two overs.
With the Dynamos ready to push on their advantage the Crusaders struck again as Mustard was caught at deep mid wicket trying to increase the run rate by Billy Godleman giving the impressive Murtagh his second wicket of the day.
Collingwood was joined at the wicket by West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul and facing the spinners of Shaun Udal and Murali Kartik the pair made slow progress on a dry hot day before Collingwood fell to Udal for 35 being caught by Godleman at deep mid wicket.
With three wickets down the Dynamos were starting to struggle moving the score forward thanks to the fantastic spin of Udal and Kartik
Chanderpaul was joined by Will Smith and the pair scored 49 before Smith had his middle stump knock out by Henderson. Chanderpaul soon followed before Shaun Pollock and Liam Plunkett added a few runs in the last couple of overs but the target was always going to be to small to defend.