Borthwick shines in Durham win
A fine all-round team performance saw Durham claim their second Friends Life t20 victory of the summer under the floodlights at Derby.
Scott Borthwick, Liam Plunkett and Mitchell Claydon all chipped in with two wickets to restrict hosts Derbyshire, who had elected to bat first, to 141 for six.
Herschelle Gibbs and Johann Myburgh then contributed 38 and 46 respectively to Durham’s run-chase before Gordon Muchall put the finishing touches to a five-wicket North Group win, completed with seven balls to spare.
Although several players impressed for the Dynamos, leg-spinner Borthwick, capped by England in two one-day internationals and one Twenty20, was undoubtedly the star performer.
Figures of 2-22 from four overs were the least the 22-year-old deserved following an eye-catching display on a surface offering assistance to the slow bowlers.
It was another man with international experience, Plunkett, who made the initial breakthrough for Durham in the first over.
Wes Durston nicked a rising delivery and Gareth Breese was on hand to take a simple catch at first slip after wicketkeeper Phil Mustard had parried the initial chance into the air.
Plunkett also struck Ross Whiteley on the helmet, yet the left-hander went on to collect four fours before being caught by Mustard off Claydon.
A stand of 66 between Usman Khawaja, who top-scored with 36 for Derbyshire, and skipper Wayne Madsen steadied the ship, but the third-wicket pair then fell in quick succession.
Khawaja was caught behind looking to cut a shorter delivery from Borthwick and Madsen was bowled by Plunkett, who operated at a good pace throughout.
The hugely impressive Borthwick claimed a second scalp when Chesney Hughes, after dashing to 18, was deceived by a flatter delivery that clipped the top of the stumps.
Claydon then accounted for Dan Redfern, bowled attempting a pre-meditated scoop, as Derbyshire struggled to accelerate late on.
Durham faltered in reply, with Mustard and Ben Stokes falling to catches behind the stumps off Mark Turner and Tim Groenewald.
Gibbs appeared in fine touch, however, and received able support from Myburgh, who overcame a shaky start with some confident attacking play.
The former was bowled by David Wainwright for 38, just as he looked to be settling into top gear, and Dale Benkenstein provided wicketkeeper Tom Poynton with a third catch when he nicked a wide delivery from Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.
With 55 required in less than seven overs, Derbyshire appeared to be right back in it, but Muchall got off the mark by lofting Wainwright over long-on for six and Hughes was then taken for 16 in the 16th over as Durham regained the upper hand.
Myburgh fell four runs short of a fifty when he picked out backward point off Turner.
Muchall remained calm, though, and finished unbeaten on 21 as the visitors eased home.