Sunday, May 10, 2009

Durham demolition keeps up winning streak

Gloucestershire 301-8 beat Durham 153 by 148 runs

Gloucestershire completed a 148 run win over Durham to maintain their position at the top of group C in the Friends Provident Trophy.

On a glorious afternoon for cricket, a good crowd witnessed the Shire rack up 301 before early wickets scuppered any chance of a Durham chase to produce their most comfortable victory of the campaign.

Durham possessed a potentially destructive batting line up, and both openers were dropped in the first two balls of the innings; signs were ominous. But both were dismissed to poor shots and only Gareth Breese's controlled 47 showed any signs of engaging with the batting required to chase such an imposing target.

The win was built around a fantastic start to the Glos innings, as Will Porterfield continued his excellent run of form with 68 from 71 balls and shared a partnership of 116 with Hamish Marshall (56 from 50 balls). The pair played aggressively to fire up the innings and set up the big total.

A larger total might have been expected, but for a mid-innings collapse that saw 118-1 turn into 210-6. Suddenly 280 became a good score, and Chris Taylor's run-a-ball 71 ensured that was met. Taylor played with great intelligence: playing himself in before accelerating at appropriate moments. It was a fine innings and showed the experience of a man in his benefit year.

Further knocks from Steve Adshead (39 from 37 balls), who again showed his one-day pedigree, and some lusty hitting from Jon Lewis (27 from 24 balls) edged the Shire past the 300 mark, and the total proved too much for Durham.
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Pictures: Nick Case

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