Saturday 18 August 2007 

Durham Complete Victory In Two-Day FP Trophy Final

It took a day longer than they might have liked, but Durham eventually took a 125-run victory over Hampshire to win the Friends Provident Trophy at Lord's in their first appearance in a domestic final.

Durham were looking increasingly well set for victory when rain forced play to be abandoned yesterday (Saturday) with Hampshire on 158 for 5 chasing 313 for victory; when play resumed on this morning Durham swiftly took the wickets of overnight batsmen Nic Pothas (47) and Dimitri Mascarenhas (12) as Hampshire slumped to 177 for 7.

The end came swiftly after that, with the final three wickets falling for 10 runs as Liam Plunkett finished with three wickets for 42 alongside Ottis Gibson, who took three for 28.

Gibson yesterday took two wickets with the first two balls of Hampshire's run chase before a John Crawley half-century gave Hampshire slim hope of an unlikely victory. Crawley was dismissed for 68, bowled by Paul Collingwood.

Gibson had Michael Lumb and Sean Ervine both caught by Michael Di Venuto before Pietersen took a single from the hat-trick ball. He wasn't to last though, as Gibson had him trapped in front for 12. Graham Onions then bowled Michael Carberry for 23 to leave Hampshire in disarray at 75 for 4.

Earlier, Shivnarine Chanderpaul led the way as Durham posted 312 for 5. Chanderpaul, recruited to replace Kiwi all-rounder Scott Styris last month, has had an instant impact, scoring runs freely and he yet again turned it on for the big stage, sharing a 111-run third wicket partnership with Scotsman Kyle Coetzer, who hit 61.

Their South African captain Dale Benkenstein came in at the tail-end of the innings and smashed an unbeaten 61 from 47 balls to push Durham past the 300 mark and set Hampshire a challenging total.

Durham's other overseas player, Australian Di Venuto, had less success, scoring just 12 at the top of the order as he was overshadowed by fellow opener Phil Mustard, who fell one short of a half-century from 38 balls to get the innings off to a flying start.

The Hampshire bowlers were unable to contain or restrict their opponents, strike bowler Daren Powell disappearing for 80, although he did at least pick up two wickets, those of Di Venuto and England one-day captain Paul Collingwood, for 22.

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