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Gibbs fires Durham to win

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Herschelle Gibbs thrashed an unbeaten 83 off 58 balls as Durham beat Derbyshire by eight wickets with 17 balls to spare in their Friends Life t20 North Group match at the Emirates Durham ICG.

Derbyshire's 131 for seven was more than they had looked like getting for most of their innings, but 45 came off the last four overs as former Durham player Garry Park made 29 not out from 20 balls.

The Falcons chose to bat on a cloudy evening and took 10 off the first over but needed a further four overs to double that tally, while they also lost two wickets.

Wes Durston pulled Chris Rushworth to Ben Stokes on the square-leg boundary, while Graham Onions, who conceded only two runs in his first two overs, struck with his ninth ball.

He swung the ball away from left-hander Ross Whiteley, who followed it and edged to Phil Mustard, recording a five-ball duck.

Tom Poynton & Herschelle Gibbs

Herschelle Gibbs hits out on his way to 83 not out as he helps Durham past Derbyshire in an eight-wicket Friends Life t20 victory

Usman Khawaja and skipper Wayne Madsen put on 52 in eight overs before spinners Gareth Breese and Scott Borthwick both struck.

Khawaja was well caught just inside the long-on boundary by Onions for a 38-ball 33, then Chesney Hughes went down the pitch and was bowled by Borthwick.

Madsen had made 27 off 30 balls when he skied a straight drive off Borthwick to Johann Myburgh who ran in from long-on to hold a well-judged catch.

Jon Clare boosted the total with a swift 17, but it was plain sailing for the Durham openers as Gibbs and Mustard had 60 on the board after seven overs before spinner David Wainwright applied a brake.

With the opening stand worth 70 in nine overs, Mustard went down the pitch and was stumped for 35 as Wainwright conceded only eight runs in his first three.

Dale Benkenstein made seven off 12 balls before driving Hughes to long-off but Gibbs hurried Durham home.

He had seven fours in his 42-ball half-century then added three sixes, two of them off Rana Naved-ul-Hasan.

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