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Stephen Moore blazed 83 from 52 balls to set up Lancashire's 23-run triumph over Durham at a sold out Chester-le-Street

Stephen Moore’s unbeaten 83 from 52 balls set up a 23-run win for Lancashire Lightning against Durham Dynamos in their opening Friends Provident t20 match at Chester-le-Street.

Lancashire took 60 off their last five overs to reach 179 for four and Durham were in with a chance at 75 for two after 10.

But when Lancashire introduced their third spinner in Steven Croft, his first 10 balls produced two wickets for just four runs.

Bowling off breaks, Croft had Phil Mustard stumped for 47, made off 38 balls, then Ben Stokes drove to long-off for 19.

Durham’s investment in South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel and New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor brought no instant dividends.

Both missed difficult chances offered by Moore, and Taylor made only one before pulling Sajid Mahmood’s third ball straight to deep square-leg.

At a time when the pressure was mounting, Morkel scored only four in his first four overs at the crease and, although he hit two huge sixes, he was run out for 26 in the final over with the game already lost as Durham finished on 156 for eight.

Earlier, Moore atoned for his part in running out opener Tom Smith, who scored 44 off 32 balls, by hitting three sixes and seven fours. He shared an unbroken stand of 74 with Mark Chilton, who made 18.

Lancashire opened up with left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan and Mustard reverse-swept the first ball for four as 10 came off the over.

Kerrigan made way for skipper Glen Chapple and, after clubbing him back over his head for four, Ian Blackwell tried another rustic swipe and edged to the wicketkeeper.

Much as he did in his first stint with Durham two years ago, Morkel took his time to settle in and the pressure was really on for Dale Benkenstein.

Although he flat-batted the second ball he faced from Croft wide of long-on for six, he added only two more before he went down the pitch to left-arm spinner Stephen Parry and was bowled.

Before the game Durham unveiled their new stadium name, for which it was announced there had been hundreds of entries.

The match was a sell-out of almost 8,000, making it a record crowd for a county game, at what will in future be known as the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.

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