Yorkshire were stunned in a thrilling Friends Life t20 clash with Durham at Scarborough today, losing by four wickets with just one ball to spare as they failed to defend their below par total of 146-7.
The Vikings nearly pulled off their first North Division win at the second attempt thanks to a superb spell of 2-13 from four overs with the new ball from the effervescent Jack Brooks, who continued his good form from Friday’s defeat against Derbyshire when he took four wickets.
Durham recovered from 25-2 after six overs and 110-5 after 16.5 overs of their chase, and the chief architect of Yorkshire’s downfall was Gordon Muchall.
Although opening batsman Phil Mustard top-scored with 59 off 52 balls, Muchall smashed a late unbeaten 44 off 25, which included 14 off four balls from Liam Plunkett in the penultimate over of the match.
Durham needed 25 off the last two overs, but that equation was brought down to nine off the last.
Michael Richardson hit the winning runs with one ball to spare off Ryan Sidebottom as they bounced back from an opening night loss to Lancashire.
Plunkett had actually contributed significantly with both bat and ball for the Vikings, who had been inserted by Paul Collingwood, who was later unable to bat due to a right thumb injury sustained whilst bowling.
The former Durham all-rounder hit a late 30 off 16 balls as 39 came off the last three overs before getting rid of dangerman Mustard caught at deep point to leave the Dynamos five down with 3.1 overs to go.
Yorkshire had got off to a flying start by reaching 50-0 after the first six overs of powerplay, but off-spinner Ryan Pringle bowled openers Andrew Gale for an innings top-score of 34 and Adam Lyth.
Pringle, who was playing only his second match in this format, also returned 2-13 from four like Brooks, but Yorkshire’s batsmen struggled to come to terms with what seemed like a slower pitch than usual here.
Four of the seven Yorkshire wickets fell bowled, including those of Gary Ballance and Rich Pyrah, before Plunkett favoured the straight boundary with two fours and two sixes.
Brooks had Mark Stoneman caught behind five balls into the Durham reply before getting Scott Borthwick caught in the deep pulling.
Yorkshire really looked to have the game by the scruff of the neck when Ryan Sidebottom and Azeem Rafiq struck twice in two balls at the end of 12th and the start of the 13th to get Will Smith caught by Brooks running towards the fine-leg boundary following an ill-advised scoop and Ben Stokes stumped down leg-side brilliantly by Andrew Hodd off a wide.
Unfortunately, thanks to Muchall and a couple of important dropped catches at either end of the innings, they ended up coming a cropper.
The hosts slipped from 51-0 to 103-6 before 39 runs came off the last three overs, including 16 off the last. Off-spinner Ryan Pringle was superb for Durham with 2-13 from four.