Dynamos cruise to impressive 71 run victory
The Durham Dynamos completed a comprehensive 71 run victory over the Leicestershire Foxes at the Emirates Durham ICG to get their Friends Provident t20 campaign back on track after suffering two wash outs during the last seven day.
Phil Mustard excelled with the bat scoring a breathtaking 65 runs during an opening partnership of 102 with Ian Blackwell which helped the Durham Dynamos set the Foxes an imposing target of 226 to chase for victory.
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 Mustardís lead with a quick fire 37.
The pairís 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 fell apart.
During the last 24 delivers of the match the Foxes conceded a mammoth 71 runs to put the home side on top and leave the visitors a difficult run chase.
With the momentum firmly with the home side the Foxes needed to get their run chase off to a good start and although du Toit scored a quick fire 39 from just 23 balls the innings collapsed after the opener was dismissed by Ben Harmison in the 6th over.
With du Toit joining fellow opener Brad Hodge (10) in the dugout the Foxes lost 3 more wickets in the space of 7 balls as the visitorís middle order collapsed to hand the advantage to the Dynamos.
Paul Collingwood, making a rare appearance for the Dynamos picked up the wicket of Wayne White (9) before James Taylor enjoyed a cameo innings which saw him score 38 runs from just 20 delivers to give the Foxes a ray of hope.
The all rounderís rearguard action was ended by Gareth Breese in the 14th over before Collingwood picked up two more wickets in his next over to leave the Dynamos on the verge of victory.
Hoggard (7) delayed the inevitable with a massive six at the start of the 17th over before Collingwood struck back to dismiss his former England teammate to seal an impressive victory for the Dynamos.
Although the home crowd will have been thrilled by the big hitting from Mustard and Taylor it was Collingwood (4-13) who received the biggest cheer as the teams left the field after picking up 4 wickets in just 14 delivers.