Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Durham Dreams Are Blown Apart; Crusaders Triumphant

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: Durham Dreams Are Blown Apart; Crusaders Triumphant

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Byline: By JEFF BOWRON

DURHAM'S dreams of winning the Twenty20 Cup were shattered by a sensational innings from Tyrone Henderson as Middlesex Crusaders romped to an eight wicket victory on finals day at the Rose Bowl.

It was a day to forget for Dale Benkenstein's side, who failed to perform to their full potential with bat or ball in front of a sun kissed capacity crowd on the south coast.

The Riversiders were restricted to a modest-looking 138-6 in the second semi-final tie, and their much-vaunted bowling attack had no answer to the brutal hitting of Henderson.

Eventual winners Middlesex wrapped up an easy victory with more than four overs to spare to set up a final date with holders Kent, who they beat by the narrow margin of three runs in a game which was a fitting finale to this year's competition.

The Crusaders brought to an end their 15-year wait to pick up a trophy, while Durham skipper Benkenstein was left to reflect on a missed opportunity for his talented squad.

"We were in a good position after about 13 overs, but we didn't kick on from there and were unable to hit the boundaries," he said.

"They have two very experienced spinners and they never allowed us to get going.

"Overall, it was disappointing because we were nowhere near our best and it feels like we didn't give ourselves a chance."

Durham lost Michael Di Venuto (0) and Phil Mustard (15) early on before Paul Collingwood and Shivnarine Chanderpaul repaired the damage.

Recalled England all-rounder Collingwood made 35 before he was caught by Billy Godleman in the 10th over, but the Dynamos then struggled to make much progress against Shaun Udal and Murali Karthik. Chanderpaul (48) and Will Smith (21) put together a fourth-wicket stand of 49, but the West Indian Test star in particular struggled against the spinners, who conceded only 18 runs each. …

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