Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jet-Powered Colly's Not Too Old to Hit Century

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Jet-Powered Colly's Not Too Old to Hit Century

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VETERAN Paul Collingwood broke new ground with his maiden T20 century - but was upstaged by a player nearly half his age as Worcestershire Rapids overpowered Durham Jets by eight wickets at New Road.

Collingwood, 41, reached three figures in the final over of the Jets' innings off 57 balls with four sixes and nine fours.

He became the oldest player to make a T20 century and the first in Durham colours as they amassed 201 for two after being put into bat.

It surpassed Collingwood's previous best T20 score of 79 for England against the West Indies in June 2007.

However, England Lions' batsman Joe Clarke gave another demonstration of his considerable potential as the Rapids chased down their target with 11 balls to spare.

The 21-year-old reached his first T20 ton off only 45 balls with six sixes and 10 fours and sparked a standing ovation as he helped to lift the gloom of a difficult start to the campaign.

He finished unbeaten on 124 from 53 balls with eight sixes and 12 fours.

Collingwood made the home side pay for dropping him on four with the normally reliable Brett D'Oliveira spilling the chance at point off former Durham all-rounder John Hastings.

Collingwood ended with 108 not out and his second and third-wicket partnerships with Graham Clark - 106 in 10 overs - and skipper Paul Coughlin - an unbroken 92 in eight overs - were both records in matches against Worcestershire.

Collingwood said: "In terms of it being a flat wicket, a small ground and with the wind, it was very difficult for bowlers to defend.

"I'm delighted. Two games ago I thought I was batting with a stump! You come out today and it just really clicked.

"To get the hundred, I didn't think I would ever get one in T20 so to tick that box as well, I'm delighted.

"However, in professional sport you want to win games and in the end that hundred was not good enough."

It was another chastening experience for the Rapids' attack despite the tonic of Hastings dismissing Cameron Steel (two) - caught at short fine leg - from his first delivery. …

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