Phil cuts the Mustard again
Phil Mustard fired his second sensational century in 24 hours as Durham beat the Welsh Dragons by 59 runs at the Emirates Durham ICG to go third in Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B.
The left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman thumped 143 from just 91 deliveries in yesterday’s 142-run thrashing of Surrey at the same venue and today struck nine fours and four sixes in a stunning 61-ball 107 that helped Durham surge to 307 for two.
List A debutant Andrew Salter bowled Mustard, who had offered catches on 21 and 98, but Mark Stoneman and Gordon Muchall piled further misery on the Dragons. Opener Stoneman was unbeaten on 113 off 110 balls, while Muchall was dismissed with the final delivery of the 40th over for 75.
Skipper Mark Wallace and Marcus North added 117 for the fourth wicket en route to an 88-ball 105 and 59 respectively as the visitors rallied, but North was one of four wickets for Gareth Breese in an innings that lasted 36.2 overs.
Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman’s six wickets on CB40 debut helped Somerset dent Nottinghamshire’s hopes of qualifying from Group B.
In returning 6-16 from eight overs at Taunton, Rehman recorded the best bowling figures in the competition this year and was chiefly responsible for limiting Notts to 206 for nine of which Riki Wessels hit 53.
Craig Kieswetter sped to 44 before becoming the first of Andy Carter’s three victims, but Kieswetter’s opening partner Marcus Trescothick underpinned a five-wicket win with 10.4 overs to spare via an unbeaten 87 from 69 balls.
Sam Billings’ century and Darren Stevens’ five wickets aided Kent’s 111-run thrashing of Derbyshire at Canterbury that boosted their hopes of progressing from Group C.
Billings’ thrilling 143 from 113 balls underpinned a total of 248 for six. The young opener shared 85 for the fourth wicket with Stevens, the only other member of the top six to reach double figures, before accelerating rapidly with Geraint Jones, who was unbeaten on 41.
Mark Davies reduced the visitors to 55 for three and Stevens then took over with 5-36 as Derbyshire were dismissed in 31.4 overs. Kent leap-frogged them into third with games in hand over the top two.
Also in Group C Gary Ballance’s unbeaten 69 ensured Yorkshire avoided defeat to the Unicorns in a rain-hit contest at Headingley Carnegie.
Chasing a revised 162 from 37 overs, Ballance came in at 41 for four after two breakthroughs each for Robert Woolley and Glen Querl. Having lost Adil Rashid, Ballance put on an unbroken 91 with Azeem Rafiq to seal a five-wicket win with three overs to spare.
Captain Keith Parson’s unbeaten 48 earlier ensured a Unicorns score of 150 for six from 37 overs as Rashid returned 3-24.
Lancashire took a significant step towards the semi-finals in demolishing the Netherlands by nine wickets to go top of Group A with two games in hand over nearest rivals Middlesex.
In a match reduced to 27 overs a side following rain at Old Trafford, the Red Rose skittled their opponents for 68 in 20.5 overs. There were three wickets for Stephen Parry and Gary Keedy while only Wesley Barresi and Musdassar Bukhari reached double figures for the visitors.
Ashwell Prince was run out cheaply by Peter Borren in the reply, but Stephen Moore dominated an stand of 52 with Steven Croft and ended the game by going to 50 as victory came with 10.3 overs spare.