Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham on Receiving End

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham on Receiving End

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Byline: By Jack Pickering

Durham Dynamos collapsed to a 27-run defeat to see Northamptonshire Steelbacks round off a memorable weekend by sealing promotion to Division One of the National League at Wantage Road.

It followed hard on the heels of Northants' win over the same opponents two days earlier which earned them top-flight status in the Frizzell Championship for next season, barring any deduction of points in the final two matches.

Phil Jaques led the way with 67 from 76 balls, passing 50 for the seventh time in the competition this summer, as the Steelbacks compiled 241 for six after opting to bat first.

Durham could only manage 214 all out in reply with off-spinner Graeme Swann capturing four for 57 to undermine the efforts of top-scorer Ashley Thorpe (76) and trigger another promotion party. Northamptonshire lost Tim Roberts early but were boosted by a second-wicket stand of 84 in 15 overs between Jaques and fellow Australian Mike Hussey (55). …

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