Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Nice Weather for Duckworth - and Fan; THE MATCH: Durham V Yorkshire

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

It's Nice Weather for Duckworth - and Fan; THE MATCH: Durham V Yorkshire

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Byline: Stuart Rayner at Emirates Durham ICG Twitter: @StuRayner

AS Durham and Yorkshire waited for their game to offi-cially be called off, a clown in a pair of shoes and pants tried to swim across the outfield. The surface did not allow for it, but it did not stop him trying. For everyone but Glenn Maxwell, batting was just as much of a losing battle against the turf.

With the intruder outnumbered 13-1, but the stewards taking an eternity to respond, the inevitable outcome was long drawn-out. Again, it was much the same for the players.

A slow, used pitch under murky skies would hardly have been what the marketing men were hoping for with Durham's neighbours Yorkshire visiting on a Sunday in the school summer holidays. Only Maxwell came to terms with it.

"The Big Show" was one of the stars of spring's World Cup, and returning to 50-over cricket has finally kick-started a disappointing first season in county cricket. The rain meant that instead of his second century of the competition, he had to settle for a second half-century.

Plenty tried, but Gordon Muchall was the only other player to score at more than a run a ball. Muchall struggled to find the boundary, not helped by a sluggish outfield. Maxwell did not, hitting five fours and two sixes in 65 not out from 51 balls.

When the rain, which is spoiling this Royal London Cup, got heavy enough to drive the players off at 4.35pm, it denied the game a proper finish, but for a long time there had been no doubt about the result.

Yorkshire's Duckworth Lewis victory margin was 32 runs.

Chris Rushworth and John Hastings started brilliantly, restricting the visitors to 36-1 off 10 overs. That Hastings was midway through his final over when the rain came in the 25th showed how desperate it had become.

That was down to Maxwell. Whenever leg-spinner Scott Borthwick dropped short to him, he was smacked over long-on. Two sixes and a four were hit there in the space of six leg-spin deliveries.

Phil Mustard caught Maxwell, only for the ball to fall out of his outstretched glove, but with the batsman on 61 and 110 needed from 20.1 overs, it would have been too little, too late anyway.

Maxwell led the recovery after Ryan Pringle, horizontal and running in from mid-off, ran out Alex Lees and Andrew Hodd thin-edged Borthwick.

Yorkshire's new-ball pair had been just as disciplined after a start delayed by one hour and 15 minutes by rain.

Scott Patterson's initial 5-2-10-0 set the tone and when Mark Stoneman tried to break the shackles it was his undoing. Twice he flicked Tim Bresnan off his legs at the start of the sixth over. The first went square for six, the second bounced just in front of long-on. He failed to keep down the third ball and Maxwell, diving right at point, held on.

Scott Borthwick was dropped by Lees at short midwicket on 11 as Yorkshire's stand-in captain fell to earth. …

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