Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Ice Man Shaun Keeps His Cool

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Ice Man Shaun Keeps His Cool

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Byline: By JEFFBOWRON

ICE man Shaun Pollock steered Durham through the gloom on his Dynamos debut as the Riversiders got their Twenty20 Cup group campaign off to a winning start against Derbyshire.

A rain-interrupted game in front of a disappointing crowd finally finished at 9.25pm when South Africa legend Pollock struck the winning runs off the penultimate ball.

Chasing a rain-reduced target of 48 from seven overs, Durham looked home and hosed when they needed seven runs from the last two overs, with eight wickets in hand.

A hat-trick from spinner Nayan Doshi, and the concession of just one run, left the Dynamos still requiring six from the last over in the darkest conditions ever seen at the Riverside.

Fortunately, South Africa internationals and former Natal teammates Pollock and Benkenstein were at the crease, and they held their nerve to clinch victory.

Pollock said; "It was good to get off to a winning start, but I've never played in such dark conditions, and it was also one of the coldest games I've played in.

"It was certainly an experience and when we only had seven overs to bat it became a bit of a panic game, but the crowd were here to see a game and we managed to squeak the winning runs."

After bowling Derbyshire out for just 114, rain saw Durham left with a tougher revised target in worsening conditions.

"The Duckworth-Lewis calculation didn't work in our favour on this occasion," added Pollock.

"But hopefully it will further down the line in the tournament."

Pollock, while not at his very best, proved he is still a class act by opening the game with a maiden over and finishing with impressive figures of 1-11 from his four overs.

Fellow opening bowler Mitch Clay don, by contrast, conceded 22 runs from his two overs, while debutant Albie Morkel's three wicketless overs cost 30 runs. …

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