Mustard too hot for Red Rose
Durham Dynamos raced to a notable Yorkshire Bank 40 win over last season’s semi-finalists Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford on the back of Phil Mustard’s aggressive 91.
In pursuit of 217 to win the Group B clash, Mustard and opening partner Mark Stoneman scored at 10 runs per over in the powerplay.
Stoneman hit Wayne White for five fours in the fourth over before Mustard pulled Oliver Newby for six at the start of the fifth.
But, following the departures of Stoneman for 32 and Ryan Pringle in the space of eight balls to leave the score at 81 for two in the ninth, Mustard built upon the early assault to secure his side victory - following a home loss to Essex Eagles yesterday - by five wickets with 31 balls to spare.
Lancashire, who posted 216 for nine, got off to a flier in their first outing thanks to openers Stephen Moore and Ashwell Prince in a 73-run stand.
Moore, who has not been able to force his way into the Red Rose’s early-season LV= County Championship plans, led the way with 46 off 37 balls, even pulling Mark Wood for a six over square-leg as the Lightning passed 50 in the early stages of the eighth over.
But Prince, who hit 34, and Moore fell in quick succession to Gareth Breese and Ben Stokes respectively, leaving the score at 83 for two.
From then on, Lancashire could not maintain the same intensity as their innings stumbled along with the loss of regular wickets.
Karl Brown hit 32 before being stumped by Mustard off Pringle's off-spin, the same way Prince had fallen to Breese. And when stand-in captain Simon Katich was caught behind off Wood, the hosts were 138 for five in the 26th over.
Jordan Clark and White tried their best to up the ante but, despite the latter's 37 off 47, were unable to do so.
Chris Rushworth nipped in with three of the last four wickets to fall, those of Clark caught at long-on, White caught and bowled and Newby taken behind, to finish with 3-44.
After Mustard and Stoneman shared 71 inside seven overs, the former added 90 with Paul Collingwood - who hit 38 - for the third wicket.
Mustard struck eight fours and two sixes over midwicket in 86 balls having been dropped on 43 by Simon Kerrigan.
Newby struck twice, while Stephen Parry, Kerrigan and Steven Croft claimed a wicket apiece - though their efforts hardly affected Durham's path to victory.