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Mustard finds the right flavour

Phil Mustard hammered Durham Dynamos’ highest individual format score of 91 in a 76-run Friends Life t20 victory against Yorkshire Vikings at the Emirates Durham ICG.

The opener struck 11 fours and three sixes in 52 balls as Durham amassed 215 for six, their joint second-highest Twenty20 total.

Without their England men and Andrew Gale, Yorkshire quickly slipped to 22 for three in reply and finished on 139 for eight; Gary Ballance made 68 but the second-highest score was Azeem Rafiq’s 15 not out.

The hosts completed the double against the White Rose but have lost their other three games; both teams are struggling to progress in the competition, occupying the bottom two North Group spots.

Durham's previous best individual score was 83 not out, scored by Herschelle Gibbs against Derbyshire last year, and their first century looked certain until Mustard tried to run Jack Brooks to third man and chopped the ball into his stumps in the 14th over.

Rafiq put Durham in and, after they took only 18 off the first three overs, Mustard hammered 27 off the fourth with the help of a no-ball from Brooks; sixes over long-on and midwicket were followed by fours to fine-leg, long-on and backward point.

The score had reached 62 in the sixth over when Mark Stoneman clipped Richard Pyrah to short fine-leg to depart for 12.

Liam Plunkett proved hard to get away in his first two sets of six until Mustard hooked his 12th ball behind square for an eighth four to reach his fifty off 26 balls.

Scott Borthwick helped maintain the tempo, striking Rafiq over midwicket for six and the stand was worth 83 in eight overs when Mustard was out.

Borthwick holed out for 35, off 18 balls, yet Ben Stokes kept the momentum going by hitting four successive balls from Plunkett to the boundary.

He fell for 23, but Gordon Muchall kept the runs flowing, his unbeaten 27 coming off 16 balls as the final over from Plunkett yielded 17.

Yorkshire's top three totalled five between them as Chris Rushworth persuaded Phil Jacques to clip to midwicket and Dan Hodgson to drive to mid-off, while Joe Sayers was bowled by Stokes.

Ballance reached 50 off 31 balls, only to finally sky a catch to extra cover off Gareth Breese, ensuring Yorkshire could do little more than play out the overs.

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