Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Records Tumble as Durham Win

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Records Tumble as Durham Win

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Durham Dynamos hit the top of the Friends Provident Trophy Northern Conference after a record-breaking day at a sun-kissed Riverside brought a 143-run demolition of Worcestershire Royals.

An in-form Durham smashed a massive 332-4 from their 50 overs ( their largest ever one-day score since they became a first class county 16 years ago.

The shell-shocked Royals were then dismissed for 189 with 16 overs unused to equal the heaviest limited overs defeat in the club's history.

It was an incredible afternoon for a sizeable Riverside crowd, as left-handed openers Michael Di Venuto and Phil Mustard set the scene for batting carnage when they brought the 50 up in the seventh over.

Both fell just short of their half-century, but Will Smith followed his top-scoring unbeaten 62 against Scotland with a maiden one-day century.

The irrepressible Dale Benkenstein was left unbeaten in the 90s for the third time in the last five matches.

The pair put on 155 in 18 overs for the fourth wicket, close to another record, and then off-spinner Gareth Breese took his first limited overs five-wicket haul for Durham.

For those lucky enough to have been at the Riverside, the game will live long in the memory, and it proved an incredible debut match for new overseas signing Scott Styris.

The 32-year-old took 32 hours to get to England, including a six-hour delay in London, but decided to play despite arriving late on Wednesday night.

The New Zealand international was the only Durham batsman to miss out, hitting one six down the ground before he miscued a full toss off on-loan seamer Kyle Hogg.

Styris was out for 19, but then took a stunning one-handed catch above his head off Ottis Gibson's first ball to remove Worcester's Australian opener Phil Jacques.

Styris said: "I was pleased with the catch because I wanted to contribute to what was a great win, but I didn't feel I missed out in the first innings.

"I hadn't picked up a bat since the World Cup ended until last week, and when I saw the full toss my eyes lit up.

"Unfortunately, the ball hit the toe of the bat and lobbed into the air, and to add insult to injury it's cracked what was a brand new bat. …

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