Vaas an all-round success
Former Sri Lanka seamer Chaminda Vaas starred with bat and ball as Northamptonshire Steelbacks claimed an impressive win over Durham Dynamos.
Vaas smashed a superb 73 off 49 balls - including 11 fours and one six - and shared a second-wicket stand of 91 with Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien as the Steelbacks posted 164 for five.
He then took 3-23 as the Steelbacks dismissed the Dynamos for 134 with 10 balls remaining.
Northamptonshire won the toss and chose to bat first in humid conditions, but they lost David Sales with the very first ball when he edged Albie Morkel to Gareth Breese at slip.
However, a quickfire fifty partnership off 30 balls between Vaas and O’Brien put the Steelbacks back on track, before the latter sliced Breese to Ian Blackwell at fine-leg for 37.
Vaas went on to reach 50 off 33 balls before passing his previous t20 best of 54, made against Worcestershire two weeks ago.
Zimbabwe international Elton Chigumbura was then bowled for 10 when he played all round a Blackwell delivery.
Former England man, Blackwell, then took the key wicket of Vaas, before Nicky Boje was bowled by Ben Stokes for 10.
Alex Wakely and captain Hall guided the hosts through the last three overs, unbeaten on 12 and eight respectively.
Chasing 165, the Dynamos lost Mustard with their first ball when he edged Vaas to his opposite number O’Brien.
That brought in Ross Taylor, who was playing his final match for the Dynamos before joining up with the New Zealand squad.
And he seemed keen to sign off in style, blasting two enourmous sixes over the leg-side.
However, his cameo did not last long as he edged Lee Daggett to O`Brien for 24.
Durham then lost two quick wickets when Blackwell sliced Boje to Middlebrook at fine-leg before youngster Ben Stokes was stumped by O’Brien off Middlebrook, leaving them 52 for four.
Dale Benkenstein made 24 before he was run out by Sales at extra-cover when Morkel tried to run a quick single off Boje.
Breese was dropped by David Willey at backward point off Vaas in the 15th over, but Chigumbura held on to Morkel at long-on for 22.
Middlebrook then bowled Breese as Durham began to wilt and the same fate befell Liam Plunkett when Hall took out his middle stump.
Will Smith smashed Hall to Willey at mid-on before, fittingly, Vaas finished the match by trapping Steve Harmison leg-before.