Clydesdale Bank 40 v Durham

Apr 25 2010


Hampshire Royals won the toss at The Riverside in the first Clydesdale Bank 40 of 2010 and inserted their Durham hosts on a cloudy afternoon, with showers forecast. The team showed three changes from the side which had played the LV Championship game: Liam Dawson, Dominic Cork and Hamza Riazuddin replaced Benham, Kabir and Griffiths. Kabir was rested after feeling a back twinge which required treatment during the Durham run chase yesterday. However, the problem is not regarded as serious and he misses the game as a precaution; there is no suggestion of a connection with the back injury which kept him out for half of 2009.

The Royals took the field dressed to kill in their Sunday best new kit, and Cork opened the bowling from the Lumley End. Mustard took first strike and was off the mark with four through extra cover from the fourth delivery. Tomlinson, impressive during the previous four days, bowled a tidy first over, marred only by a full pitch which Blackwell straight drove for four. The burly left-hander followed this by driving Cork for four, then lofting him high to the vacant long off boundary. In Tomlinson’s next over there was a narrow escape for the batsman when he pushed the ball to mid-on and ran. Briggs’ throw at the stumps was just off target. 34 for none after four.

Riazuddin replaced Cork and conceded seven in his first over. Tomlinson then made the breakthrough when Blackwell, on 18, forced him hard to mid wicket where James Vince took a splendid catch high to his left. This brought Harmison to the crease; Ben, not Steve. He started uncertainly against the accurate left-armer, who achieved the first maiden of the innings; it would be the only one. Mustard moved to 25 with a single wide of mid wicket, which also brought up the 50 from 7.4 overs. Harmison had been quiet, but in Riazuddin’s next over the left-hander struck two fours from over pitched deliveries, one straight, the other wide of mid off’s right hand.

Ervine replaced Tomlinson, who had taken 1 for 18 in four overs, and had a shout for a leg side caught behind against Harmison, but the ball had brushed the thigh pad. Durham were 63 for 1 after the completion of the first ten overs. Riazuddin then tightened his control, but provided Harmison with the first free hit of the innings when he no-balled. In the following over Ervine was guilty of overstepping and Mustard smashed the free ball through the covers, following this with a back foot glance for four to fine leg.

Cork returned for Riazuddin, whose four overs had cost 30 runs, and Ervine was replaced by Briggs, the day’s first spin bowler, who conceded three singles in an accurate first over. Durham, 94 for 1 after 15, were accumulating steadily rather than aggressively, as Mustard passed 40 and Harmison reached 20 in a partnership of over 50. Briggs bowled a tidy second over, again for only three runs. Cork bowled at a brisker pace than earlier and beat Mustard when he gained unexpected lift outside off stump. The batsman’s reaction was to advance down the wicket and drive a good length ball straight for six to bring up the hundred from the final delivery of the 17th over. Mustard made two unsuccessful attempts to reverse sweep Briggs before pushing him for a single to deep mid on, reaching 50 from 55 balls, with four fours and the six.

Dawson replaced Cork: slow left-arm from both ends. Two leg side fours were taken from his first over, but Briggs continued to subdue the batsmen until Mustard decided the time had come for greater risk. He advanced down the pitch to successive balls from Briggs and hit both high over wide mid on for four. The second of these was almost a chance but Riazuddin, sprinting round from long on, was a couple of yards short. This brought up the 100 partnership from 103 deliveries; Mustard’s contribution had been 55, Harmison’s 37. In the next over Dawson broke through when Mustard, seeking to reserve sweep, edged the ball to wicketkeeper Pothas. 145 for 2 in the 24th over. Ben Stokes was almost run out for 1 when he used his feet to Ervine, on for Briggs, but hit the ball back to the bowler, whose throw bounced over the stumps. Briggs had bowled five commendable overs for 26. Dawson had now settled and bowled two overs for only 6 runs.

However, fortunes change quickly in one day cricket, and in his next over he was hit for a huge six by Stokes into the wide long on car park, prompting his replacement by Riazuddin. His five overs had cost 36 runs, but he had the important wicket of Mustard.  Harmison reached 50 from 68 deliveries when he pushed Ervine into the leg side for two, but in the Zimbabwean’s next over he was bowled attempting to pull a delivery which wasn’t really short enough. 179 for 3 from 29.2.

Benkenstein was off the mark with a lofted two to which Cork, at mid off, managed to get a hand. Stokes picked up a good length delivery from Riazuddin over wide mid on for six, and the same player brought up the 200 with a straight drive for two from Ervine, approaching the end of a good spell of one for 34 in seven overs. Riazuddin, anxious to avoid being hit for another leg side six by Stokes, bowled two off side wides, but his approach was vindicated when the left-hander attempted to hit another widish delivery over the infield, only to edge a looped catch to Cork at short third man. 203 for 4 after 32.2.

Tomlinson returned for Ervine at the Finchale End, again bowling tidily and frustrating the batsmen’s attempts to find the boundary. Briggs also returned, for Riazuddin, but conceded 14 from his first over as the batsmen eschewed all caution. 226 for 4; 5 overs remaining. Shortly afterwards Benkenstein turned Briggs to Cork on the square leg boundary, thought he could make two to the veteran, but discovered he was mistaken and was run out for 29. 243 for 5 became 243 for 6 when, from the first ball of the next over, Muchall was caught at cover for 17 by Adams from Tomlinson, who now had two for 33 in 7. Nineteen were added during the final two overs. Hampshire, who had fielded well, will need an imposing 265 for victory.

On a warm sunny afternoon Hampshire’s reply was given a brisk start when 11 were taken from Gidman’s opening over, including cover driven fours by both Carberry and Adams. But things changed from the first ball of the second over, bowled by Rushworth; Carberry was dropped behind when Mustard fumbled a simple chance. Adams wasn’t so fortunate in Gidman’s second over when, attempting to hit high over mid wicket, he was bowled off stump. Rushworth then again found the edge of Carberry’s bat, for Breese to take a low catch at first slip. 19 for two after 3.1 overs, at which point McKenzie joined Vince. However, the pair added only six, including a lovely on driven four by Vince, when the South African was lbw for 1, giving Gidman his second wicket. 25 for 3 after 5.

Two overs later the Hampshire innings descended further into gloom when skipper Pothas edged Gidman to slip to give Breese a second catch. Vince steered Rushworth to the square leg boundary, then drove Gidman for a superb four through extra cover. The ball was moving off the seam and Gidman took his fourth wicket when Ervine cut uppishly straight to Benkenstein in the gully. After five overs Gidman, who had never taken more than two wickets in a one day innings, had 4 for 26. He would not have been playing in the match had Mitchell Claydon not damaged abdominal muscles on Friday in the Championship game.

The Durham opening bowlers, both second-teamers, were replaced by Plunkett and Ben Harmison. James Vince had been the one batsman able to cope with the attack and he welcomed Plunkett with a lofted four to wide long on, but attempting to repeat the stroke against Harmison, he missed a good length delivery and was lbw. 53 for 6 at the end of the tenth over, after which there was surely no prospect of recovery.

Cork joined Dawson, who smashed a Plunkett no ball through mid-wicket for four, then took three from the free hit. Somehow, amid the clatter of wickets and paucity of runs, the England bowler had conceded 23 in 2 overs. However there was an enormous appeal for caught behind before Cork had scored. Plunkett was so sure that a flier had been edged that he didn’t turn to look at umpire Malone’s response. The batsman hadn’t moved; neither did the umpire’s finger.

In Plunkett’s next over Dawson played and missed at the first delivery before driving down the ground for two. He repeated the stroke from the next ball, but in the air, and the bowler stuck out his right hand to take an instinctive catch in the ends of his fingers. The sort that sticks when it’s your day; and it was certainly proving to be Durham’s day. 71 for 7; Dawson had made 14, the second highest score of the innings. Cork was next to go, bowled leg stick by Harmison as he played down the wrong line, although there may have been an inside edge. 83 for 8.

Riazuddin stroked Harmison for four through the covers but Rushworth’s return to the attack in place of Plunkett brought the fall of the ninth wicket when Briggs chipped him to Benkenstein at mid-wicket. 90 for 9. Gidman, seeking his fifth wicket, was brought back for Harmison; a Riazuddin single was the only score from the first over of his spell. The Hampshire number nine played another beautifully timed cover drive, this time from Rushworth, taking his side closer to three figures, which would at least represent a certain dignity. Tomlinson took the total to 99 when he cross batted Gidman high to the mid wicket boundary, and a leg side single from the next delivery brought up the hundred. Riazuddin pulled the same bowler for four to take him past 20. Tomlinson hit Rushworth over cover for four to reach double figures, then over mid off for a further boundary. The tenth wicket pair now shared the highest partnership of the innings.

Durham turned to off spin when Breese was introduced in place of Gidman and the game ended as Tomlinson hit the final delivery of his first over straight and high. Muchall ran around from deep mid-off to take a good catch and give Durham victory by 139 runs. Riazuddin ended with 23 not out out of 115. Hampshire, on their first outing as the Royals, can take little consolation from this defeat. Tomlinson and Ervine bowled tidily, and perhaps Briggs; and Riazuddin, with by far his highest List A score, batted bravely, but it was not nearly enough and Durham won by 149 runs.

Bob Horne

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