Cricket: Foxes outwitted by the Dynamos.
THE side with the worst record in domestic Twenty20 Cup cricket beat the club with the best last night as Durham overcame Leicestershire by six wickets at Grace Road.
The Dynamos snared the Foxes, who won the competition in 2004 and 2006, with an impressive display with both bat and ball.
With Paul Collingwood on England duty Durham made two changes, one unforced, to the side that opened their Twenty20 campaign with victory over Derbyshire Phantoms on Wednesday.
Gordon Muchall, one of the Dynamos' top performers in cricket's shortest form, was recalled but managed just a single batting at number three.
Neil Killeen replaced fellow seamer Mitch Claydon but, just as the Australian had been against the Phantoms, proved to be expensive in a six-strong attack.
The Foxes, who lost their first game against Lancashire, relied heavily on Hendrik Dippenaar, one of a host of South Africans on display, to reach 142-8 from their 20 overs.
Dippenaar hit a top-scoring 47 before he became the third of compatriot Albie Morkel's four wickets, though another South African, Dillon Du Preez, hit three sixes in a whirlwind 11-ball 28 late on.
Killeen, back in the side after a calf injury, conceded 19 runs from the Foxes' penultimate over to boost the Midlanders; chances of victory.
Shaun Pollock had again led from the front, taking 2-15 from four accurate overs and also took a magnificent running and diving catch to dismiss the dangerous Paul Nixon for two.
Pollock, one of the modern greats, has already proved to be an astute signing, though Killeen and Liam Plunkett will be disappointed with their figures.
Killeen went for over 11 an over, while Plunkett took 1-36 from his four overs, with New Zealand spinner Paul Wiseman, who didn't bowl in midweek, limited to just one over.
On a dry pitch with uneven bounce, a victory target of 143 in 20 overs looked to be a tricky one, especially as the Dynamos' reply got off to a disastrous start when two wickets fell in the second over from Nadeem Malik.
Michael Di Venuto, run out for a duck in Wednesday's opener, chopped the ball on to his stumps and then the recalled Muchall was nailed leg before.
Durham were struggling on 7-2 but a superb stand of 65 for the third wicket between Will Smith and opener Phil Mustard set up a convincing victory.
Mustard regained some form, hitting four fours and one six in a knock of 32, while Smith then followed for a 32-ball 40, but by then Durham were on the road to victory.
Captain Dale Benkenstein, and fellow countryman Morkel, steered the Dynamos to a comfortable six-wicket win.
Durham were today attempting to make it a hat-trick of Twenty20 wins against Notts Outlaws at Trent Bridge ahead of Tuesday's Northern Group game against Lancashire in Manchester.
POINT MADE: Collingwood issues his instructions during the victory over New Zealand at Old Trafford