Durham Dynamos keep their T20 hopes alive

An unbeaten 41 from Ben Stokes helped Durham defeat Leicester at Chester-Le-Street to keep alive their hopes of progressing in the Friends Life T20 Championship.

Leicester scored 119 for the loss of seven wickets as they struggled to hit boundaries for much of their innings.

Durham’s middle order made them pay, reaching their target with two overs to spare.

The Dynamos won the toss and decided to put the visitors into bat, a decision which paid off straightaway with Josh Cobb out caught for three in the second over.

And his fellow opener was heading off the pitch for just one after he edged the next delivery to the wicket keeper.

It took until the fifth over for the visitors to hit their first boundary, Niall O’Brien flicking the ball off his legs for four.

But Graham Onions soon had O’Brien’s wicket and that brought Shivsinh Thakor to the crease. He was the only Leicester batsman to offer any sort of resistance with a knock of 42 from 38 balls before he was caught behind in the final over.

Edmund Eckersley hit 11 from four balls to nudge up the total in the last over.

Durham’s reply did not get off to the best of starts with captain Phil Mustard out for just one after edging to slip.

And when his opening partner Mark Stoneman was caught in the covers having scored 12 it looked like it was going to be tough game for the Dynamos.

But the home side’s middle order stepped up to the challenge with Scott Borthwick hitting 30, including five boundaries, providing support for the unbeatable Stokes who reached his score of 41no in 26 balls.

Durham face the Derbyshire Falcons on Sunday in a game they must win if they are to make it out of their T20 group.

Published here.

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