Short stars again in Durham triumph
BLAST 6 | Durham Cricket 143 for two beat Leicestershire Foxes 142 for seven by eight wickets
SCORECARD | Available from Cricinfo HERE
POINTS | Durham Cricket 2, Leicestershire Foxes 0
REACTION | To follow
REPORT | Captain Colin Ackermann posted another fifty but D’Arcy Short again proved a thorn in the side of Leicestershire Foxes as Durham Cricket recorded an eight-wicket Vitality Blast win at Emirates Riverside.
Short, who ended on an unbeaten 77 off 36 in the victory at the Fischer County Ground on Friday evening, took two for 23 from four overs before cracking 70 off the same number of balls on this occasion.
Harry Swindells (29, 20b) got the evening off to a flyer, but the home side applied the brakes and the Foxes needed a measured half-century from Ackermann to post 142 for seven. Callum Parkinson picked up both wickets to fall in the reply.
The Foxes, unsurprisingly unchanged after the win at Trent Bridge, were invited to bat first after Stuart Poynter won the toss.
Cosgrove hit the first four of the game by carving Ben Raine over cover, and Swindells also struck the former Fox for a boundary over mid-off.
A productive fourth over saw 17 scored as Swindells hit over mid-off and carved over slip for two fours before striking a marvellous maximum over cover.
Swindells then played another superb shot, giving himself a bit of room to belt Matty Potts in the cover point region.
Nathan Rimmington came on at the Lumley End and played a part as the first wicket fell. Swindells hit aerially towards mid-on, the ball landed safe, but the bowler completed a run out as a throw from Peter Handscomb came towards the stumps.
The score was 51 for one after the powerplay, but slow bowlers Liam Trevaskis (4-0-24-1) and Short (4-0-23-2) then squeezed in the middle overs. Short picked up two key wickets in his spell, both held on the mid-wicket boundary.
That manner of dismissal sounds fairly normal in T20, but Cosgrove (18, 21b) was held by Handscomb off Short after losing his grip on the bat, which ended up behind ‘keeper Poynter.
Although boundaries dried up with the introduction of spin, Lilley and Ackermann initially worked the slow men around well, picking up a number of ones and twos.
But Lilley (10, 13b) then holed out to Jack Burnham at deep mid-wicket off the left arm leg-spinner as the Foxes were pegged back to 73 for three at halfway.
The situation worsened in terms of wickets and run rate. Lewis Hill (0, 1b) advanced and was bowled by Trevaskis, and Short continued his frugal spell as two singles were gathered off the 12th.
A welcome four arrived as Ackermann top-edged to the one position where there is never a fielder - directly behind the ‘keeper – and the skipper then produced consecutive orthodox sweeps for boundaries in Short’s final over.
Ackermann shared 37 with Dearden (13, 12b), who was well-held by Clark off Brandon Carse. The fielder ran back towards the boundary at the Lumley End to take it over his shoulder.
Captain Ackermann carved his fourth four of the innings in the 18th but only eight runs came off the last two overs, as well as two wickets.
Aadil Ali (7, 8b) was bowled by Rimmington in the penultimate over before Ackermann was well-taken by Handscomb at deep cover off Potts.
Just prior to that, Ackermann picked up three to progress to a sixth competition 50 for the Foxes off 39 balls (4x4). It was his third half-century in succession against Durham Cricket.
Griffiths started with a good over that went for six, and Klein nearly had a wicket when Clark pulled to deep backward square in the next.
But the openers found their feet; Short went four, six, four as 16 came off the third, with the maximum struck over the fielder at mid-on.
The openers each cracked a four in the next over, and Short then showed superb timing in hitting a quartet of consecutive fours through the off-side.
When Short picked up two more successive fours as spin was introduced for the first time, the left-hander had raced to a 26-ball half-century (10x4, 1x6).
Clark, who had a strike-rate of 170 in the powerplay yet had played a supporting role in a score of 73 without loss, then cut and swept to the fence in the seventh.
Short showed he could be both inventive and conventional, reverse-sweeping Parkinson to the fence before pulling a Davis delivery to the ropes.
Durham Cricket were now into three figures, and Clark struck his first maximum over mid-off before following it up with a four.
Klein bowled a tight 10th over, and Parkinson (4-0-36-2) then bowled Short to end the opening stand at 118 before having Raine (5, 8b) caught by Lilley on the mid-wicket boundary.
But Clark moved to 50 from 31 (7x4, 1x6) inbetween those wickets and ended on 59no (38b) as the hosts picked up two points.
Leicestershire Foxes are next in action against Worcestershire Rapids on Sunday afternoon (2.30pm start).
FIGURES | Griffiths 2-0-24-0, Klein 3-0-23-0, Davis 2-0-33-0, Parkinson 4-0-36-2, Lilley 1-0-13-0, Ackermann 2-0-9-0
TEAM | Ackermann (capt), Swindells, Lilley, Cosgrove, Dearden, Hill (wk), Aadil, Klein, Parkinson, Davis, Griffiths
DURHAM | Poynter (capt & wk), Short, Clark, Raine, Lees, Handscomb, Burnham, Trevaskis, Rimmington, Carse, Potts
IMAGES | Thanks to John Mallett of Outside Off for providing the images throughout the game