Collingwood does the trick
Paul Collingwood claimed a hat-trick and finished with astonishing figures of 5-6 for Durham to dismiss Northamptonshire for 47, the lowest score in English Twenty20 cricket.
The previous lowest was 67 by Sussex against Hampshire at Hove in 2004, but the depleted Steelbacks fell 20 short of that as they were bowled out in just 12.5 overs in slipping to a 97-run defeat at the Emirates Durham ICG.
In his second over Collingwood persuaded Bilal Shafayat to sky a catch to mid-off, then bowled David Willey and 17-year-old Northants debutant Oliver Stone.
It was the second hat-trick in this season's Friends Life t20 competition following Wahib Riaz's for Kent against Gloucestershire.
Durham's win took them back into fourth place in the North Group and they will scrape into the quarter-finals with six wins and six defeats unless Worcestershire pip them by beating Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge tomorrow.
Bottom of the group and already without Chaminda Vaas, Mal Loye and David Sales, Northants rested skipper Andrew Hall and brought in Stone, while handing the reins to Johan Botha.
He must have thought his bowlers had done a reasonable job in restricting Durham to 144 for seven after they chose to bat.
But Rob White was caught off a leading edge at cover off the first ball of the second over, bowled by the recalled Graham Onions.
Northants’ other opener, 19-year-old Rob Keogh, could not get the ball off the square. He allowed Mitch Claydon to send down his second maiden in successive games before edging Onions to Phil Mustard.
When Botha sliced a catch to third man it was 14 for three and Collingwood took the next five wickets before Claydon weighed in with the last two to finish with 3-6. Only Niall O'Brien, with 14 not out, reached double figures.
Collingwood again failed with the bat, making 12 before he was bowled as he stepped across his stumps and tried to flip David Willey to fine-leg.
Dale Benkenstein and Gareth Breese showed how it is done, adding 43 in 3.4 overs following their unbroken stand of 65 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Monday.
Benkenstein's unbeaten 31 off 19 balls took his aggregate in the last three games to 116 with only one dismissal. He helped steer the home side to 144 but then the pain really started for Northants.