Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kat's Got the Cream - and Durham Suffer

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Kat's Got the Cream - and Durham Suffer

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Byline: By Jeff Bowron

Former Durham overseas star Simon Katich returned to haunt the Riversiders as he steered Derbyshire Phantoms to a four-wicket Friends Provident Trophy win, writes Jeff Bowron).

Australian international Katich, who scored a 1,000 first-class runs in his one season in the North East, made the top score of the game after Durham had been limited to 212-9.

Katich came to the crease with Derbyshire rocking on 14-2 after the fit-again Neil Killeen had removed both openers.

The Perth-born strokemaker, however, was the bedrock of the visitors' innings as he occupied the crease for more than two hours.

Fellow Aussie Ian Harvey's unbeaten 60 then saw the visitors home with 10 balls to spare.

It was a disappointing first game at the Riverside for Durham who, after winning their first two games, suffered a nine-wicket champion-ship defeat at Yorkshire last week.

Captain Dale Benkenstein said: "Headingley took a lot out of the boys but it was disappointing to lose our first home game of the summer.

"We started well enough but then suffered a collapse and to post a total of 212 from the position we were in was a good effort.

"I was happy with the fightback, and when Neil Killeen took a wicket in each of his first two overs we were right in the game.

"Katich and Harvey, however, had a very good partnership and they both batted well."

Benkenstein acknowledged the Dynamos had failed to reach the heights of the opening-day Northern Conference win at Leicester.

He added: "We pride ourselves on our performance in the field and we took it to the second-last over.

"We were only firing at 80% in the field and we now must come back strongly, although a number of players will be rested for this week's game at Durham UCCE."

Phil Mustard and Michael Di Venuto, facing his former side, were both out in the 30s after they put on 51 in good time for the first wicket. …

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