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MacLeod thrashes Durham to victory; DURHAM T20.

CALUM MacLeod thrashed a 23-ball halfcentury to set Durham on the way to a 41-run win against Northamptonshire under the Duckworth/Lewis method in the NatWest T20 Blast match at Chester-le-Street.

The Scot made 60 and Phil Mustard 51 as Durham reached 174 for eight after being put in, a decision the visitors had cause to regret as they stumbled to 47 for five in poor light before rain halted play.

They had batted for eight overs, three more than required for a result to be declared, and when the rain stopped it was announced that they needed a further 84 runs off four overs.

Not even Shahid Afridi, on three not out after going in at No 6, could have been expected to pull that off and after further deliberation in semi-darkness the umpires called it a day.

Durham's Calum MacLeod said: "It was a bit different from how I normally go about it.

"I knew Afridi would come on in the middle overs and would be tricky so I wanted to get on top of the game early on.

"I kept trying to guess what the bowlers would do so I could stay one step ahead of them and give myself the chance to hit boundaries."

Northants' head coach David Ripley said: "We were well beaten. We didn't know how to cope with someone coming at us so hard at the top of the order. We were under-cooked and need to go back and get more white-ball practice."

The fading light was already taking effect at the end of the Durham innings as they added only 28 after scorching to 146 for three after 15 overs.

On midsummer nights Durham will hope both for better weather and bigger crowds than the 2,940 who turned up but those who did at least had thke satisfaction of a Durham victory.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 16, 2015
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