Contemporary Fit File – Northants vs Durham North Staff 2023
Durham 141 for 0 (Clark 102*) beat Northamptonshire 137 (Vasconcelos 52, Sowter 5-15) by means of ten wickets
Sowter’s wickets had stemmed the tide after Ricardo Vasconelos (52) and Saif Zaib shared an enterprising 62-run partnership in 6.2 overs.
That stand got here after the Steelbacks misplaced dangermen Chris Lynn and David Willey within the area of 5 balls at the beginning in their innings and gave them a powerful platform of 98 for three at the beginning of the 14th over earlier than Sowter ran amok.
Steelbacks skipper had Willey received the toss however was once quickly ruing his choice to bat first as Bas de Leede marked his Durham T20 Blast debut in taste. First the Dutch global’s inswing accounted for Australian energy hitter Lynn who had his off stump knocked again on 0 off the 3rd ball of the innings. Then Willey, taking part in his 250th profession T20 sport, was once stuck at the back of on 1 to depart the hosts stumbling on 2 for two.
Josh Cobb struck de Leede two times thru level for 4 and top-edged him over the keeper for any other boundary earlier than his innings ended tamely when he introduced Sowter a go back catch off a complete toss.
At this level the Steelbacks have been 36 for three on the finish of the powerplay, however Vasconcelos briefly picked up the mantle, two times powering Ben Raine in the course of the covers. He was once unafraid to move the aerial path which stored the fielders , reaping rewards on 15 when Luke Doneathy shelled a hard likelihood within the deep working backwards. However he grew in authority, pulling Liam Trevaskis over deep sq. leg for 6 and scooping de Leede for 4.
Zaib performed the supporting function however quickly discovered the boundary with a phenomenal overdue bring to a halt Sowter. He had reached 16 when he was once dropped off a complete toss, known as a no-ball for peak, earlier than pulling the loose hit top over the Circle of relatives Stand at backward sq. leg.
At this level Steelbacks have been set for a sizeable general, however the wheels got here off when Vasconcelos was once stuck at the back of off Sowter and Zaib adopted within the subsequent over stuck at deep backward sq. off Raine.
Sowter then struck two times within the area of 3 balls to take away allrounders Tom Taylor and Rob Keogh, each lbw, earlier than he had Andrew Tye stuck at the back of to present him his 5th wicket. It was once left to Trevaskis to mop up with two wickets within the ultimate over.
Clark were given Durham off to a flier, smashing 24 off Josh Cobb’s first over, together with two massive sixes each side of the bottom earlier than hanging Willey over mid-off for 4. He eased to his half-century off simply 21 deliveries as Durham moved to 77 on the finish of the powerplay.
Cumbrian-born Clark stored going, hanging all spherical the bottom, surviving a pointy likelihood early in his innings and more uncomplicated ones on 79 and 92. A few miscues landed secure however differently he regarded in whole keep watch over, passing his earlier best rating of 91 with an enormous six down the bottom.
Alex Lees was once glad to play the supporting function, however discovered the ropes when he hit Tye for consecutive limitations