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Brilliant Bairstow batters Jets

Jonny Bairstow blasted the first Twenty20 century at the Emirates Durham ICG off only 58 balls as Yorkshire Vikings beat Durham Jets by 49 runs in the NatWest T20 Blast.

In front of a crowd of 6,746, Bairstow hit six maximums and his second 50 came off just 18 deliveries as the last eight overs produced 102 runs to take Yorkshire to 186 for eight.

The target seemed to induce panic in Durham as four of the top six mustered one between them. It was left to the strapping Australian John Hastings to spare their blushes as he followed up his 3-20 by hammering a 25-ball half-century.

After hitting a quartet of sixes, he was bowled by Ryan Sidebottom for 62 in the 19th over and Durham were all out for 137 with two deliveries unused.

The only previous T20 centuries for Yorkshire were by overseas men, Australian Ian Harvey and South African Herschelle Gibbs, while only Lancashire's Mal Loye had passed three figures against Durham, at Old Trafford in 2005. 

With two overs of the innings left Bairstow was on 71 but he drove the first three balls of the 19th, bowled by off-spinner Gareth Breese, over the rope at long-on.

He then took a single and was on 90 with four deliveries left. An improvised shot off Chris Rushworth produced a four just wide of the wicketkeeper, followed by two to long-on before the fifth ball was pulled for six. He remained unbeaten on 102, while the next highest scorers were Alex Lees and Adil Rashid with 29.

Yorkshire left out skipper Andrew Gale, whose wife is due to give birth, and handed the reins to Aaron Finch. After being put in, he opened with New Zealander Kane Williamson, back from international duty, but they scored only five between them.

Both tried to hit Hastings to leg and skied leading edges into the off side, Finch departing for a second-ball duck.

On a run-laden pitch Yorkshire were precariously placed at 84 for five after 12 overs, but Rashid hit two successive sixes off Usman Arshad in helping to add 64. Arshad shipped 22 in the 17th over and finished with 0-51 in four.

Vikings wicketkeeper-batsman Bairstow said: "Things haven't quite clicked recently and it's been quite frustrating, but this was just one of those nights when everything I tried came off.

"I was pleased with the way I struck the ball and found the right areas. It went through my mind to try for six sixes in Gareth Breese's last over after hitting the first three. But he bowled the last three balls well."

Jets all-rounder Hastings said: "Jonny played a fantastic innings, so all credit to him. We got him out second ball at Headingley during the week, but he was unstoppable tonight.

"It was a good pitch to bat on and I thought their total was only about 10 above par, but they bowled well up front and we never really got our run-chase going."

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