The Durham Dynamos have been defeated by the Hampshire Royals by 5 wickets in a tight finishing Yorkshire Bank 40 match at the Ageas Bowl.
Defending 241, the Dynamos had the game with three overs to go with the home side needing 28 runs for victory but Hampshire middle order batsmen Liam Dawson had other ideas.
Dawson’s cameo of 37 from 21 balls (4 boundaries and 2 sixes) won the game for the defending champions with Michael Carberry also proving tough work for the Dynamos bowling attack making 96 to guide them to victory.
Earlier in the day the match was restricted to 36 overs a side after rain halted play for 45 minutes.
After winning the toss, Hampshire sent Durham in and it proved a treat with the visitors off to a shaky start when Phil Mustard went in the second over.
The wickets continued to fall consistently for Durham with Borthwick (3), Stoneman (32) and Collingwood (6) all going back to the change rooms before the 11th over to leave the visitors in trouble at 4-45.
Ben Stokes began the resurrection for the Dynamos and combined with Muchall to put on 65 before Muchall was dismissed for 12.
Stokes continued to find the gaps on his way to a superb knock of 87 from 71 with his innings including 6 fours and 4 sixes. Stokes and Will Smith, who was also in great touch making 50 from 35 balls,kept the run rate ticking over for Durham.
After Stokes’ dismissal Ryan Pringle made a neat cameo of 26 from 26 and put on 77 with Smith to leave Durham on a solid total of 241-8 after their 36 overs.
Durham got off to the perfect start with the ball after Smith claimed the wicket of Vince courtesy of a nice stumping by Phil Mustard in the first over.
It then took 18 overs for Durham to get their second wicket, Scott Borthwick breaking a 133 run partnership when he claimed Adams’ wicket for 67.
Borthwick struck again in the 26th over to dismiss George Bailey for 13 with Paul Collingwood taking the catch.
With five overs to play the match was set for a tense finish with Hampshire needing 40 runs. When Chris Rushworth clamied a crucial breakthrough it looked as though the game was in Durham’s favour with a new batsman to the crease when Hampshire needed their run rate up.
The new batsmen Liam Dawson then took the game into his own hands. The Royals needed 28 off 3 overs and Dawson came to the party and punished the Durham attack to smash two sixes and four boundaries and hand his side the game.
Despite the loss there were some positives with Ben Stokes’ 87 from 71 the highlight for the Dynamos and Scott Borthwick continuing his good start to the season taking 2-44 to be the pick of the bowlers.
Next up Durham have a LV=Championship match against Middlesex starting Wednesday at Emirates Durham ICG and their next Yorkshire Bank 40 match is next Monday also at home against Derbyshire.