Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tied Up in Notts; Mitch Seams to Have Indian Sign over Rivals

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tied Up in Notts; Mitch Seams to Have Indian Sign over Rivals

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FOR the second time in a week, Durham's Australia-born seamer Mitch Claydon dashed Nottinghamshire's hopes in a tight Twenty20 Cup finish.

In the opening North Division tie at Trent Bridge, he hit the winning runs off the last ball. This time he had to bowl the last over at Riverside with Nottinghamshire needing ten runs with two wickets standing.

With his second ball he rattled Luke Fletcher's off stump. Darren Pattison took a single and then Mark Ealham was also bowled making room to hit over the short cover boundary.

Durham won by eight runs with Claydon taking 5-26, only the second five-wicket haul for Durham in the competition's six-year history.

Claydon, who barely featured in his first two seasons with the club, said: "It's great just to be getting a game.

All I've wanted for two years is the opportunity, but it's been a tough side to get into.

"I used to try to bowl at 100mph, but you can't do that day in, day out, so I've worked hard on my control."

Michael Di Venuto made his best Twenty20 score for Durham when he hit 55, but the real fireworks for the 5,000 crowd came from Dale Benkenstein, who went to the crease in the 15th over and smashed an unbeaten 48, which included five sixes.

By taking 58 off the last four overs, Durham reached 177-4, only six short of their highest Twenty20 total.

By completing the double over Nottinghamshire they climbed off the bottom of the group, but the Trent Bridge team are struggling with one win from four.

TONIGHT'S TWENTY20 CUP FIXTURES Chelmsford: Essex v Kent (7pm); Bristol: Gloucs v Worcs (5.30), Taunton: Somerset v Glam (5.30); Hove: Sussex v Middlesex (7pm), Edgbaston: Warwicks v Northants (5.30) LATEST TWENTY20 CUP SCORES (North Division) Grace Road: Leicestershire 147-3 (J Allenby 71no) lost to Lancashire 151-3 (F du Plessis 78no) by 7 wkts; (South Division) The Bowl: Hants 191-6 (M J Lumb 54) by Surrey 173-8 (M R Ramprakash 73)by 18 runs; Canterbury: Sussex 132-7 lost to Kent 133-5 (G O Jones 56) by 5 wkts Durham v Nottinghamshire DURHAM P Mustard c Adams b Pattinson............................. 7 M J Di Venuto c Hales b Patel. …

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