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Phil cuts the Mustard

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Durham kept alive their hopes of reaching the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals by thrashing defending champions Leicestershire by nine wickets at the Emirates Durham ICG.

The Foxes' tame defence of their title hit a new low as they struggled to 114 for seven after being put in and allowed Durham to race home with 6.4 overs to spare thanks to a 29-ball half-century from Phil Mustard.

Durham have four North Group wins and as many defeats and if they beat Leicestershire again at Grace Road on Friday, they will go into next Sunday's final home game against Lancashire with hopes of advancing to the next stage very much alive.

Phil Mustard

Opening batsman Phil Mustard struck a half-century in the win over Leicestershire to enhance Durham's FLt20 quarter-final hopes

Chris Rushworth began the match with the Twenty20 rarity of a maiden over.

He followed up with three more dot balls, before Razzaq cut him for four and six and followed up with an off drive for four.

He then went back into his shell and found the boundary only three more times in his 57-ball innings.

With the ball darting around in the early overs, Razzaq left several deliveries and Graham Onions conceded only two off each of his first two overs.

Leicestershire were restricted to 21 off five before Josh Cobb drove Onions over long-on for six, only to be struck on the boot by the next ball and fall lbw.

Greg Smith made nine before lifting Scott Borthwick into the hands of Ben Stokes at deep midwicket.

Ramnaresh Sarwan was run out for a duck when he turned Gareth Breese to backward square-leg and set off for a run. It was Razzaq's call and he did not move.

Breese picked up two wickets as Razzaq's team-mates tried to force the pace and in the final over Razzaq and Ned Eckersley both fell to skied catches off full-tosses from Stokes. Razzaq batted for all but three balls of the innings for 47.

Durham scored only three off the opening over, bowled by Matthew Hoggard, but then the runs began to flow.

Mustard was trapped lbw by Cobb for 51 off 30 balls, but Herschelle Gibbs was unbeaten on 49 when Stokes finished the match by driving Nathan Buck for a six over long-off.

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