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Phil Mustard

Phil Mustard struck 75 off 41 balls as Durham beat Nottinghamshire by 33 runs in their Friends Life t20 clash at Emirates Durham ICG

Phil Mustard struck 75 to help Durham to a 33-run victory and inflict a first Friends Life t20 defeat of the season on Nottinghamshire at Emirates Durham ICG.

Chasing Durham’s 187 for eight, the Outlaws reached 105 for one before losing two wickets to successive balls in the 12th over and then slumping to 128 for six.

They finished on 154 for eight with seamer Chris Rushworth taking two wickets in the final over to finish with 3-20 in four overs.

There were two wickets each for spinners Ian Blackwell and Gareth Breese, while Paul Collingwood held two catches and ran out Riki Wessels.

Durham were also guilty of losing their way with the bat, but not until they had sped to 145 for two in 13 overs with Mustard making 75 off 41 balls with 11 fours and two sixes.

The score had reached 44 in the fourth over when Mustard cut Darren Pattinson to point and declined Gordon Muchall’s call for a run. Muchall kept on coming and was run out for 11.

Durham had 67 on the board after the six-over powerplay and Mustard reached 50 off 28 balls by driving Andy Carter over mid-off for his eighth four in as many overs.

Mustard departed in the 12th over when he was stumped by Chris Read off a slower Steven Mullaney delivery.

Collingwood made only eight before going down the track and having his stumps splattered by Carter.

The runs were really drying up when South African David Miller turned down Blackwell’s call for a leg bye and the ex-Somerset man was run out at the non-strikers end for 43, off 27 balls.

Dale Benkenstein then became the third run-out victim when he drove to mid-off and was beaten by Pattinson's direct hit.

After making 19 off 17 balls, Miller flipped an easy catch to short fine-leg off Pattinson, who also had Breese lbw and Liam Plunkett caught at deep square-leg off the penultimate ball to finish with 3-31.

When Graham Onions bowled a poor second over, in which he was punished for dropping short by conceding 20 runs, the visitors looked to be on their way to their fifth win from six games.

Adam Voges and Wessels had put on 68 for the second wicket when Voges fell for 46, clipping Blackwell to Collingwood at midwicket.

When David Hussey tried to get off the mark off from the next ball he succeeded only in running out Wessels for 32 and the rest perished to a series of frantic strokes as the Outlaws fell 33 runs short.

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