Bairstow stars as Durham lose yet again

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Jonny Bairstow blasted a century off 57 balls to condemn the Durham Jets to a 49-run defeat in their Natwest T20 Blast clash against the Yorkshire Vikings, writes Simon Sinclair.

Jets all-rounder John Hastings put in a strong display as he claimed bowling figures of 3-20 and scored a half-century, but it couldn’t prevent his side from slipping to their fifth defeat of the competition.

Durham started strongly as Hastings dismissed Aaron Finch for a second-ball duck, while the Aussie snagged the wicket Kane Williamson in his second over.

The Jets continued to take wickets as Tom Lees fell for 29 while Adam Lyth and Tim Bresnan fell cheaply to Gareth Breese and Hastings respectively, but Bairstow got his side back on track reaching his half-century off 39 balls.

Bairstow and Adil Rashid added quick runs in a blistering partnership of 64 off 37 deliveries before Rashid fell to Chris Rushworth for 29.

However, Bairstow was not deterred as he cleared the rope three times in the 19th over and then reached his maiden T20 century with a huge six in the last over, as Yorkshire posted 186-8.

Durham got off to a disastrous start as Mark Stoneman and Calum MacLeod both departed within two overs leaving the Jets reeling at 4-2.

The Vikings strengthened their grip on the game as Rashid clean bowled Collingwood for 14, and he was followed to the pavilion by Gordon Muchall and Ryan Pringle who both fell to Richard Pyrah in the 10th over.

Phil Mustard offered some resistance as he scored 35, but he was Pyrah’s next victim as he skied his shot and Bairstow took a comfortable catch.

Hastings posted his highest T20 score of 62 off 33 deliveries with some powerful hitting towards the end of the innings, although it wasn’t enough for the Jets as they slipped to a 49-run defeat.