Durham County Cricket Club outfoxed as Joe Burns strikes for Leicestershire

Joe Burns hit a career-best 81 and Anthony Ireland claimed four wickets as Leicestershire snatched a dramatic 11-run victory against Durham in the Friends Life t20 at Grace Road

Joe Burns hit a career-best 81
Joe Burns hit a career-best 81

Joe Burns hit a career-best 81 and Anthony Ireland claimed four wickets as Leicestershire snatched a dramatic 11-run victory against Durham in the Friends Life t20 at Grace Road.

Australian Burns hit four sixes and six fours in his 52-ball innings and with Greg Smith hammering 67 off 45 balls the Foxes posted 176 for five after being put in to bat.

A brilliant 69 from Phil Mustard put the Dynamos in with a chance of victory until they suddenly lost four wickets in seven balls without scoring a run, and were bowled out for 165 in 19.5 overs

Ireland started the collapse by having Ben Stokes caught at deep mid-wicket by Matt Boyce for 35 off 21 balls.

That ended a stand of 79 for the fourth wicket with Mustard, who was then out to Ireland’s next ball in identical fashion.

It had been a typical Mustard innings, full of power hitting that brought him 50 off 39 balls. He faced 50 balls for his 69 that included eight fours and two sixes.

His departure left Durham at 130 for five and incredibly two more wickets went at the same score in the next over from Shiv Thakor.

Michael Richardson was smartly run out by the bowler and with his next ball Thakor trapped Ryan Pringle lbw.

It was an astonishing turnaround and, despite some big hitting at the end from Gareth Breese, the Dynamos were left with too much to do to win.

They needed 18 runs off the last three balls, and although Breese hit one six Ireland’s next delivery shattered his stumps.

Breese made 29 off 12 balls and Ireland finished with a competition best return of four for 22.

Smith, who was only in the side because Niall O’Brien was on international duty for Ireland, shared a second wicket stand of 81 in eight overs with Burns, hitting 11 fours and a six in what was only his ninth t20 game.

It was the Foxes first win in the competition this season, and puts them back in the mix in the battle for a place in the quarter-finals.

Former Durham star Kyle Coetzer’s superb unbeaten half-century helped Northamptonshire to a comfortable win over Warwickshire to give them their second straight victory in the Friends Life t20.

The Steelbacks posted a solid 161 for two from their 20 overs with Scotland captain Coetzer continuing his fine run of form with 71 not out off 61 balls.

Mohammad Azharullah then took four for 25 as the Bears fell short of their target with only Ateeq Javid providing resistance with 41 off 34 deliveries. The Steelbacks won the toss and chose to bat and started in confident fashion in the sunny conditions as openers Richard Levi and Coetzer amassed 63 between them.

South Africa international Levi clobbered 35 off 21 balls before he was taken at long on by Chris Woakes off the bowling of Javid.

Coetzer stuck around to go past 50 off 45 deliveries but Cameron White was to perish on 28 when he smashed New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel to Keith Barker at deep midwicket.

He went on to go past his previous best T20 score of 64 as he and Northants captain Alex Wakely, who swatted 24 off 17 balls batted out the final five overs of the hosts’ innings.

Chasing 162, Warwickshire lost Darren Maddy in the fifth over after he plundered 15 when his off stump was taken out by Azharullah.

Lee Daggett then bowled the Bears’ captain Varun Chopra for 19 in the following over as the momentum shifted irrevocably Northants’ way.

The visitors suffered another blow when Laurie Evans, who never got going in making six off 15 balls, saw his leg stump sent tumbling by Graeme White.

Rikki Clarke (three) was next to fall when he was well taken at deep extra cover by Coetzer to give Graeme White his second wicket as the Bears fell even further behind the required run-rate.

England bowler Chris Woakes made it to 23 off 17 balls before holing out at long on.

 

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