Dynamos recover from collapse
On a good day for wicketkeepers, Scotland’s Dougie Lockhart claimed the first five victims in the Durham innings, only for his side to crumble to a 63-run defeat in the Clydesdale Bank 40 match at the Emirates Durham ICG.
Durham skipper Phil Mustard pulled off three stumpings off Ian Blackwell and also held a catch as Scotland slumped to 44 for six in reply to 157. Majid Haq’s 28 took them to 94 all out in the 30th over.
Put in to bat, the Dynamos were twice interrupted by rain and, after the match was reduced to 35 overs a side, they were bowled out with one ball unused.
Matthew Parker moved the ball away from left-handers Mustard, Ben Harmison and Ben Stokes to have all three caught behind to reduce Durham to 38 for three.
Durham batted poorly, but at least they have depth and Gareth Breese and Kyle Coetzer put on 64 after coming together at 81 for six.
Breese provided the impetus, scoring 34 at quicker than a run a ball before driving to mid-off with nine balls left, while Coetzer defied two injuries to make 35 against his fellow Scots.
Already hampered by a stress fracture in a foot, he had laboured to 15 off 34 balls when a thigh strain forced him to send for a runner.
He played out a maiden in the 28th over as Scotland skipper Gordon Drummond conceded only 14 runs off seven overs with his skiddy medium-pace.
But Coetzer suddenly began to strike the ball well with three overs left. Two lofted straight fours spoilt Parker’s figures and two more boundaries followed in the final over off Richie Berrington before Coetzer was caught at long-on for 35.
Without the retired Gavin Hamilton, the Scots had no-one with the experience to orchestrate a challenge, especially as opener Lockhart retired hurt with a back injury after the fall of two early wickets.
Scotland managed only 12 runs in the first eight overs and, already feeling the pressure, the three stumpings followed.
There were also three wickets for Chris Rushworth, who opened up with a four-over spell of 2-2 into a strong wind, then switched ends and finished with 3-7 from seven overs.