Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vaughan Hit by a Windies Backlash

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vaughan Hit by a Windies Backlash

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

The last time Michael Vaughan was at Headingley, he led his side to a record victory over an extremely poor West Indies. So it was somewhat ironic that on his return to the Leeds ground, two men from the Caribbean islands brought about his county side's downfall.

England's captain was back in the ranks for Yorkshire but it made no difference as a Durham side featuring Paul Collingwood but missing Steve Harmison and Liam Plunkett won by 53 runs with 26 balls of their Friends Provident Trophy clash left.

A brilliantly-paced 98 from Scott Styris was decisive but five wickets ( and just as importantly, ruthless economy ( from Ottis Gibson and Gareth Breese moved Durham within sight of their first major semi-final.

The Riversiders lead the Northern Conference by one point ahead of Nottinghamshire and two ahead of Warwickshire. The Midlands pair have a game left ( both against Durham ( with only the top two reaching the semis.

Styris's late-innings hitting transferred Durham's total from gettable to a challenging 266. While Anthony McGrath's century gave the visitors hope, the required rate spiraled out of control after Gibson, Neil Killeen, then Breese applied the brakes.

Barbados-born Gibson, who played two Tests in the 1990s, was not only in great form but also facing a side which traditionally brings out the best in him. His opening spell of 3-22, in conjunction with Killeen's miserly 7-2-10-0 put the game beyond the Tykes.

Vaughan (5) was one of his victims, top-edging a pull to Kyle Coetzer. That came in between Craig White's upper-cut to Graham Onions on the third man boundary and Phil Mustard's brilliant diving catch when Jacques Rudolph gloved behind.

Jamaican Breese has been dropped from Durham's four-day side but is crucial in the shorter format as he demonstrated with two wickets, a run-out and a useful 18 from 16 balls. …

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