Yorkshire’s disappointing start to their Friend’s Life t20 campaign continued after they were edge out by Durham Dynamos in front of a bumper crowd at North Marine Road this afternoon.
The Vikings suffered a last-gasp defeat at the hands of Derbyshire on Friday and they were again left disappointed at the death as Durham held their nerve to seal victory from the penultimate delivery of the contest.
Durham won the toss and asked their hosts to take first knock, and the they managed to restrict Yorkshire to a modest total of 146-7.
The Tykes knock started superbly as skipper Andrew Gale (34) hit seven fours as he he tried to set a good tempo to the Viking’s knock.
Gale, along with Scaborough CC’s Adam Lyth (20) put on 51 for the first wicket before Gale was clean bowled by Ryan Pringle.
Dan Hodgson came and went before the key wicket of Gary Ballance for 19, bowled by Will Smith and Yorkshire were struggling to get into second gear.
The home side again relied on the late power hitting of former England paceman Liam Plunkett, just as they did against Leicestershire at North Marine Road just a couple of weeks ago.
Plunkett’s 16-ball 30 included two fours and two maximums as Yorkshire squeezed their way to 147-6 after their 20 overs.
Pringle’s figures of 2-13 from his four overs were the standout figures for the Dynamos.
Yorkshire started well in the field, Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom getting first use of the cherry.
Mark Stoneman feathered through to keeper Andrew Hodd, who took a sharp catch behind the sticks and after a short delay, the Durham opener walked and the breakthrough was made.
Will Smith (14) and Phil Mustard (59) helped get the Durham chase back on track, Mustard on particular anchoring the Dynamos knock.
But the momentum seemed the change when Smith holed out to Brooks off Sidebottom before England man Ben Stokes went first ball, Hodd again showing sharp mittens behind the stumps, whipping off the bails with Stokes out of his ground off the bowling of Azeem Rafiq.
Gordon Muchall came to the crease and along with Mustard helped the Dynamos from 65-4 to 110-5 when Mustard holed out to Adil Rashid off the bowling of former Durham man Plunkett.
Muchall carried the attack to Yorkshire after Mustard’s dismissal, his unbeaten 44 helping Durham take the game down to the wire, the away side needing nine off the last over, bowled by Sidebottom.
The raucous Scarborough crowd thought the home side were in with a shout when Pringle was run out on five, but Michael Richardson hit a four to backward point to tie scores before a single off the penultimate delivery saw them over the line.
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