Durham pummel Northamptonshire
Durham kept their hopes of Clydesdale Bank 40 glory alive with an eight-wicket win over Northamptonshire.
Durham kept their hopes of Clydesdale Bank 40 glory alive with an eight-wicket win over Northamptonshire thanks to an unbeaten hundred from Phil Mustard.
With Surrey seemingly on track to take first place in Group B, the Dynamos are looking to qualify as the top runners-up.
Northamptonshire's quest for their sixth win of the season started promisingly with openers David Willey (57 off 48) and Alex Wakely (55 off 43) putting on 115 for the first wicket.
The duo fell in consecutive overs but Rob Newton (49) and Rob White (39) carried on the charge albeit without the same gusto as the opening pair.
However, when Newton was dismissed by Scott Borthwick with ten overs to go, the innings began to crumble as wickets fell regularly and the late onslaught required failed to materialise.
Durham would have fancied their chances against a moderate total of 247 and they wasted little time in chasing down the runs.
Mustard was the star of the show, pummeling 139 off 93 as the Steelbacks failed to make any impression on the Durham batting line-up.
The Dynamos 'keeper was given good support by Mark Stoneman (27), Ben Stokes (28) and Paul Collingwood (38*) as the men from the North East strolled to victory with nearly ten overs to spare.
‘Cheating is cheating’ – Ian Chappell slams Steve Smith’s appointment
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell was critical of Cricket Australia’s decision to appoint Steve Smith as vice-captain.
First Test: Bangladesh vs Pakistan – Day three – Live Scores
Follow Bangladesh vs Pakistan
First Test: India vs New Zealand – Day four – Live Scores
Follow India vs New Zealand.
Nkrumah Bonner says footwork is key to West Indies overcoming spin
The West Indies have little time to turn things around.
Why Shane Warne thinks Cricket Australia have opened themselves up to ridicule
Are Australia becoming a laughing stock?
India on top in tight first Test battle against the Black Caps
Axar Patel’s five-for put India back on top.
Pakistan bat themselves into control of Test against Bangladesh
Pakistan’s openers were unmoved.
Michael Vaughan apologises for hurt Azeem Rafiq has gone through in racism case
Vaughan has been taken off the BBC’s Ashes coverage amid the racism claims.
On this day: Australia batter Phillip Hughes dies at age of 25 after being struck by ball
Hughes died from a brain haemorrhage after being hit by a ball while batting two days previously.
Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2021 called off over COVID-19 fears
The qualifiers will now be decided according to the team rankings.