Yasir Arafat and Gary Keedy combined to bowl Durham out for just 121 at Old Trafford and set up an eight-wicket win for Lancashire in today’s only Friends Life t20 match. Arafat started the procession of Durham batsmen by dismissing Herschelle Gibbs in the third over, while Ben Stokes trod on his wicket off the bowling of Glen Chapple with the score on 29. Gary Keedy then got rid of captain Dale Benkenstein and the in-form Johann Myburgh from consecutive overs, before Gareth Breese affected a partial recovery with a belligerent 33 from only 18 balls. He then became Arafat’s third victim, with Keedy taking his fourth when he had Mitchell Claydon out first ball.
The Dynamos knew that they would need early wickets to stand even a chance of forcing a win, and Claydon obliged by sending Stephen Moore packing in his opening over. However, that was as good as it got, as Tom Smith hit 40 from 31 balls and shared a second-wicket partnership with Steven Croft, who ended on 65 from just 44 balls to see the Lightning home with six overs to spare.
The batsmen were made to work hard on the second day of the Varsity match at The Parks, with Cambridge University closing on 129 for three in reply to Oxford University’s 280. They had begun the day on 171 for four, but medium-pacer Jonathon Lodwick ended with four for 55 and restricted them following a seventh-wicket stand of 50 between Daniel Pascoe (38) and Joe Davies (31). Visiting skipper Richard Timms led the Light Blues’ reply with a determined half century, but Alex Scott dismissed him just prior to the close to leave honours more or less even at the halfway stage.
Tomorrow’s FLt20 Fixtures: (start times in brackets)
Midlands/West/Wales Group, Northamptonshire v Somerset at Wantage Road (1750)
Andrew Hall and David Sales are still out of contention for the Steelbacks due to injury, although Stephen Peters does return to the 13-man squad.
Northamptonshire squad: Kyle Coetzer, Chaminda Vaas, Alex Wakely (captain), Cameron White, Rob White, James Middlebrook, David Willey, Rob Keogh, David Murphy (wicket-keeper), Con de Lange, Jack Brooks, Ollie Stone, Stephen Peters.
Craig Meschede and Steve Snell are omitted from Somerset’s 13-man squad as they welcome back most of their big names for the trip north. Craig Kieswetter has been made available by England, while Richard Levi is back from South Africa, and Kevin O’Brien and George Dockrell are back from international duty in Ireland. Unfortunately, Albie Morkel is unavailable after picking up an injury while playing in Zimbabwe.~
Somerset squad: Richard Levi, Craig Kieswetter (wicket-keeper), Peter Trego, Jos Buttler, James Hildreth, Kevin O’Brien, Nick Compton, Alfonso Thomas (captain), Max Waller, George Dockrell, Steve Kirby, Arul Suppiah, Lewis Gregory.
South Group, Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury (1810)
Fabian Cowdrey and Alex Blake have been added to the regular Spitfires line-up and will be hoping to force their way into the starting eleven. There have been rumours that Matt Coles may be rested, but that is unlikely.
Kent squad: Sam Billings, Rob Key (captain), Azhar Mahmood, Darren Stevens, Brendan Nash, Sam Northeast, Geraint Jones (wicket-keeper), James Tredwell, Adam Ball, Mark Davies, Fabian Cowdrey, Alex Blake.The visitors welcome back Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan into their 13-man squad, with Irishman Paul Stirling also returning to take his place at the top of the order.
Middlesex squad: Joe Denly, Dawid Malan, Paul Stirling, Eoin Morgan, Neil Dexter (captain), Gareth Berg, John Simpson (wicket-keeper), Ollie Rayner, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Tom Smith, Adam Rossington, Steve Crook.
Weather Forecast: A disorganised band of showers will make its way across England throughout Tuesday, but should largely have cleared by the time tomorrow’s games are due to get underway. It will, however, be rather cold, with highs of between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius.
County News In Brief:
Scott Styris is an injury concern for Sussex after dislocating his thumb during yesterday’s match-winning display against Essex yesterday. Their other overseas player, Rusty Theron, is still in South Africa due to a family issue.
The family of former Surrey cricketerTom Maynard have said that they are likely to launch a trust fund in his memory. They have also requested that donations to the PCA Benevolent Fund be given, rather than flowers, at his funeral on 4th July.
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