Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rare Vaas Cracks Dynamos' Resistance; DURHAM CRICKET

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rare Vaas Cracks Dynamos' Resistance; DURHAM CRICKET

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DURHAM Dynamos were undone by former Sri Lanka all-rounder Chaminda Vaas as they crashed to a 30 run defeat in the Friends Provident t20 at Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

Vaas smashed 73 off 49 balls -including 11 fours and one six -and shared a second-wicket stand of 91 with Niall O'Brien as the Steelbacks posted 164-5. He then took three wickets for 23 runs as the Steelbacks then dismissed the Dynamos for 134 with 10 balls to spare.

The Dynamos lost Phil Mustard with their first ball when he edged Vaas to his opposite number O'Brien.

Ross Taylor then blasted two sixes over the leg-side on his way to 24 before falling by edging Lee Daggett to O'Brien.

Durham lost two quick wickets when Blackwell (16) sliced Boje to Middlebrook at fine leg before Ben Stokes (one) was stumped by O'Brien off Middlebrook to leave Durham struggling on 52-4. Dale Benkenstein made 24 before he was run out by Sales at extra cover when Morkel tried to run a quick single.

Breese was dropped by David Willey at backward point off Vaas in the 15th over, but Chigumbura held on to Morkel (22) at long-on when the South African hammered Vaas to him.

Middlebrook then bowled Breese (nine) as Durham began to wilt and the same fate befell Teessider Liam Plunkett when Hall took out his middle stump.

Will Smith (11) then smashed Hall to Willey at mid-on before, fittingly, Vaas finished the match by trapping Steve Harmison leg before wicket.

Northamptonshire v Durham At: Northampton NORTHAMPTONSHIRE D J G Sales c Breese b J A Morkel......................................... 0 W P U Vaas c Mustard b Blackwell ....................................... 73 N J O''Brien c Blackwell b Breese ......................................... 37 E Chigumbura b Blackwell ................................................... …

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