Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Will Powers Visitors to Win over Durham; County Cricket in Association With

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Will Powers Visitors to Win over Durham; County Cricket in Association With

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DURHAM'S much-vaunted batting line-up was found wanting as the club suffered a defeat in their opening Friends Life T20 fixture of the summer.

Ireland captain Will Porterfield carried reigning North Group champions Warwickshire to a five-wicket win at Emirates ICG in Chester-le-Street.

On a glorious evening the left-hander repeated his demolition of the Durham attack in a Clydesdale Bank 40 league match at Edgbaston 12 days ago.

He scored 80 in that match as Warwickshire cruised past a total of 286-3 and this time he made 83 off 53 balls before being run out with the scores level on 151 and two overs left.

Warwickshire's other star was 22-year-old medium pacer Steffan Piolet, who took two wickets for 19 runs in four overs. He put the brake on Durham after they were put in and Phil Mustard and Gordon Muchall had 55 on the board after six overs. In the end the hosts were indebted to Ian Blackwell's unbeaten 46 off 32 balls for a total of 151 for three.

Paul Collingwood faced three successive dot balls from Piolet and made only seven off 10 balls before driving Darren Maddy to long-on on his return following his knee operation.

Piolet kept the ball well up and had Muchall caught at long-off for 35 off 27 balls before Mustard skied a catch to mid-off. The wicketkeeper had been unable to accelerate in making 38 off 39 balls.

Blackwell hit two sixes but he was also kept in check at the end of the innings, with Neil Carter conceding only three runs off the 19th over.

South African signing Dave Miller was unable to make a significant impression due to some disciplined bowling.

Porterfield had the luxury of going to the crease in the second over after Carter had already hit two sixes in his first appearance of the season. He made 18 off eight balls before lobbing a reverse paddle to short third man.

Although he received little support, Porterfield kept Warwickshire ahead of the clock as he raced to 50 off 30 balls, driving sixes off Mitchell Claydon and Collingwood. Collingwood's first over cost only five.

YORKSHIRE get their T20 campaign underway tonight at Headingley and Warwickshire provide the opposition (5. …

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