Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Winning Skipper Hails Durham's Young Guns

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Winning Skipper Hails Durham's Young Guns

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Byline: Philip Tallentire

Durham skipper Jon Lewis today hailed quick-scoring young guns Gary Pratt and Nicky Peng after their match-winning knock at Somerset.

The homegrown pair put on 164 in just 23 overs to help Durham towards a Duckworth/Lewis revised victory target of 215 in yesterday's National League Division Two clash.

Somerset were put in at Taunton and made 233-9, with South African paceman Dewald Pretorius showing no signs of jet-lag to take four for 31.

Peng, 20, and Pratt, 21, came together with Durham struggling at 25-2.

Pratt's unbeaten 101 equalled the fastest century by a Durham player in the competition by reaching three figures off just 79 balls with 14 fours, while Peng made 92.

Lewis said: "It was an outstanding partnership and they did it without going for big shots.

"Gary's timing was excellent and Nicky deserves credit also."

* YORKSHIRE launched their National League campaign in style with an emphatic six-wicket win against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Darren Gough struck with two late wickets in three balls to restrict the home side to a rain-interrupted 158-9, Ashley Giles hitting an unbeaten 61.

And after a Duckworth-Lewis adjustment, Yorkshire were only required to equal that total to stroll home with seven overs to spare.

National League Scorecards Division One

Warwickshire v Yorkshire

Yorks beat Warwicks by 6 wkts (D/L)

WARWICKSHIRE

M A Wagh b Sidebottom32

N V Knight c Blakey b Silverwood7

D R Brown b Silverwood1

D P Ostler c Fellows b Bresnan18

I R Bell c Silverwood b Sidebottom1

J O Troughton run out 11

A F Giles not out 61

M A Sheikh c Blakey b McGrath1

K J Piper b Gough8

N M Carter c McGrath b Gough0

N A Warren not out 0

Extras lb6 w1218

Total 9 wkts Innings Complete (42 overs)158

Fall: 1-15 2-17 3-61 4-66 5-69 6-93 7-96 8-153 9-153

Bowling: Gough 9 2 31 2; Silverwood 8 1 27 2; Sidebottom 9 0 27 2; Bresnan 7 1 25 1; McGrath 4 0 14 1; Gray 5 0 28 0

YORKSHIRE

M J Wood c Knight b Sheikh15

M J Lumb b Giles61

A McGrath lbw b Giles41

R J Blakey c Piper b Carter26

G M Fellows not out 5

V J Craven not out 8

Extras w44

Total 4 wkts (35 overs)160

Fall: 1-76 2-80 3-144 4-147

Bowling: Brown 9 2 34 0; Carter 6 0 35 1; Warren 6 1 42 0; Sheikh 5 1 20 1; Giles 9 0 29 2

Division Two Somerset v Durham

Durham bt Somerset by 7 wkts (D/L Method)

SOMERSET

M E Trescothick c Gough b Wells74

M Burns b Pretorius0

J Cox c Law b Harmison19

J D C Bryant c Pretorius b Killeen0

K A Parsons c Law b Wells35

R J Turner lbw b Pretorius12

K P Dutch b Pretorius39

A W Laraman c Killeen b Gough6

G M Andrew c G J Pratt b Pretorius17

S R G Francis not out 5

P S Jones not out 4

Extras lb4 w6 nb1222

Total 9 wkts Innings Complete (45 overs)233

Fall:1-4 2-71 3-72 4-137 5-144 6-161 7-183 8-213 9-225

Bowling: Srinath 9 0 56 0; Pretorius 9 1 31 4; Killeen 9 0 45 1; Harmison 5 0 35 1; Wells 5 0 24 2; Gough 8 0 38 1

DURHAM

N Peng b Dutch92

M A Gough c Turner b Andrew10

V J Wells c Trescothick b Andrew0

G J Pratt not out 101

J J B Lewis not out 5

Extras lb2 w3 nb27

Total 3 wkts (32. …

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