Mustard cuts through Northants
Phil Mustard smashed an explosive century as Durham kept their semi-final hopes in the Clydesdale Bank 40 alive with an eight-wicket Group B win over Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
The Steelbacks posted 247 for seven, with David Willey hammering 57 off 48 balls and Alex Wakely 55 off 43, while Paul Collingwood and Scott Borthwick took two wickets each.
Mustard then dominated the Northamptonshire attack in clattering a sensational 139 not out off 93 balls, including 11 fours and seven sixes, as the Dynamos easily reached their target with 9.4 to spare.
The hosts won the toss and chose to bat and the in-form Wakely raced to 50 off just 34 balls as part of an opening partnership of 115 with Willey.
Willey, who smashed four sixes, also completed a half-century off 43 deliveries but Durham finally made the breakthrough when the left-hander was bowled by Ian Blackwell.
Wakely soon followed - lbw to Gareth Breese - before David Sales chipped Borthwick to Dynamos captain Dale Benkenstein at mid-on.
Rob Newton had made 49 when he was bowled off stump by Borthwick’s googly, while Rob White plundered 39 before edging a short delivery from Graham Onions to Mustard.
Collingwood then claimed the wickets of James Middlebrook and captain Andrew Hall in the final over, caught respectively by Will Smith at deep midwicket and Ben Stokes at long-on.
Durham got off to a flying start in blasting 75 off the opening powerplay but Mark Stoneman perished for 27 when he launched Hall to David Burton at mid-on.
Mustard hung around to reach 50 off only 33 balls as the runs continued to flow for Durham and they were already more than halfway towards their target by the end of the 14th over.
Stokes, called into the England squad for the one-day international against Ireland yesterday, made 28 before he was well caught by White at mid-off off Willey.
Mustard then completed his fourth century in one-day cricket off 81 deliveries as he and Collingwood, with an unbeaten 38, added 111.
Victory was confirmed when Mustard, for whom this was his highest one-day score, smashed White for six over midwicket.