Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Colly on Song with Royal Performance

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Colly on Song with Royal Performance

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PAUL Collingwood showed the form which made him a mainstay of the England one-day team for a decade as his innings of 73 helped Durham to an easy Clydesdale Bank 40 group win over Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.

Collingwood shared a stand of 1s 42 with Michael Di Venuto, who made 70, as Durham reached an impressive 210 for five, despite two stoppages for rain which reduced the match to 34 overs per side.

Hampshire, chasing a revived target of 216 under the Duckworth-Lewis method, never looked like managing it and could only muster a paltry 134 all out.

That gave Durham victory by 81 runs for their fifth win in eight group matches to keep alive their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

Hampshire's defeat was their fifth in seven as they were comprehensively outplayed.

The turning point was the stand between Collingwood and Di Venuto in 20 overs with the former hitting five fours and two sixes during his 63-ball innings.

Collingwood looked set for a century until he lifted Sean Ervine to mid-off where Liam Dawson clutched the catch.

There was late hitting by Gareth Breese, including a six off Chris Wood, to take Durham past the 200 mark.

Hampshire needed a swift start and they failed to get it once James Vince had been carelessly run out by a throw from the deep by Liam Plunkett while going for a third run.

Vince's opening partner Jimmy Adams was top scorer with 24 - but when he was bowled by Breese's second ball, Hampshire quickly fell away.

Breese and fellow spinners Scott Borthwick and Ian Blackwell found plenty of turn in the pitch to help them and there was little cheer for a small home crowd.

The only resistance came from Michael Carberry and Hamza Riazuddin in a stand of 38 for the sixth wicket, but even that took nearly eight overs as Hampshire rapidly fell behind the run requirement.

Breese also accounted for Ervine and Benny Howell to finish with three for 19 from seven overs. Borthwick and Blackwell took two wickets. …

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