Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gibbs Knock Is in Vain as Durham Fall

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gibbs Knock Is in Vain as Durham Fall

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Byline: Mark Douglas

PROFLIGATE Durham were guilty of criminal negligence as they allowed a wonderful Herschelle Gibbs knock to come to nothing on a gloomy night at the Emirates ICG.

Courtesy of a quite magnificent 76 from the South African against his former county, Durham raced to a commanding 108 runs from their first 10 overs. A catastrophic middle order collapse saw them score just 51 from their final 10 overs, succumbing miserably by 12 runs to visitors Yorkshire.

Quite how it came to pass is a mystery, given the platform that Gibbs had given his side.

In a season where good batting displays have been thin on the ground, the veteran looked every inch the class act as he combined some brutal big hitting with the ingenious stroke play that has made him such a valuable commodity in this form of the game.

At one point he brutalised poor Azeem Rafiq, smacking the spinner for two fours and a six in four punishing balls as he careered his way to the sixth best t20 score of the season.

Ultimately, though, it was in vain as another South African pitting his wits against his former county was able to get the last laugh.

David Miller was a popular and occasionally devastating overseas recruit for Durham last season and his unbeaten 74 was the score that ultimately made the difference.

It was hardly Savannah weather but the only other significant contribution on the batting side was made by Johann Myburgh, who briefly looked set to match Gibbs shot for shot before perishing carelessly when he was caught by Gary Ballance from a Mitchell Starc delivery. Despite Miller's excellent knock, Yorkshire's 171 did not look like an imposing total. The inky grey clouds that had hung ominously in the Durham sky cleared just in time for the start and when Durham won the toss, they opted to put their visitors into bat.

You could see why when they made an early breakthrough -- Phil Jaques nicking behind from Mitchell Claydon's second delivery (the first having been given as a wide).

Perhaps still troubled by his niggles and strains, Ben Stokes only bowled two overs but he looked dangerous in both and took two terrific wickets. He sent the stumps of England's Johnny Bairstow scattering with a quick, nippy delivery and then had Joe Root caught attempting to loft him to mid-wicket. Durham's young all-rounder finished with impressive figures of 15-2. At that point Yorkshire looked to be in trouble but the steady hand of Miller - who only made one half century during his time with Durham - took over and aided by some decent support work by Ballance they managed a respectable if manageable total.

Phil Mustard didn't last long as Durham replied, carelessly gifting Ryan Sidebottom an early breakthrough as he departed for just four but then Gibbs began to get into the swing of things. …

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