Dazzling Durham Under-17s on song to clinch national final date

Ben Whitehead bowls for Durham U19s against Yorkshire. Picture by Sam Blacklock
Ben Whitehead bowls for Durham U19s against Yorkshire. Picture by Sam Blacklock
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Durham Under-17s clinched their place in the ECB County Cup final with a tremendous six-wicket success against Notts.

Two wickets apiece from Muhammad Hussain, Liam Trevaskis, Liam Burgess and Nathan Hall, following the vital breakthrough by Matthew Potts, helped restrict Notts to 175-9 in their 50 overs at Welbeck, with Tim Wyatt top-scoring on 51

Daniel Anderson plays on the back foot to clip a four for Durham U19s. Picture by Sam Blacklock

Daniel Anderson plays on the back foot to clip a four for Durham U19s. Picture by Sam Blacklock

Despite the early loss of openers Jamie Dass and Ross Greenwell, Tom Hewison’s 41, with five boundaries, and Potts (15) steadied the ship before unbeaten half-centuries from Trevaskis (51, with three fours and a six) and Scott Steel (50, with seven fours), hurried Durham home with more than 10 overs to spare.

In the final, Durham will face Somerset or Surrey, who meet on Sunday.

Durham Under-14s succumbed to a 59-run defeat to Notts in the ECB County Cup Group One yesterday.

Joey Evison’s 76, with 12 boundaries, led Notts to 252-8 in their 50 overs. Adam I’Anson was the pick of the Durham bowlers, with 3-35, while Lewis Williams and Callan Salkeld both struck twice.

In reply, Durham slumped to 40-4, but a partnership of 141 between Jonathan Bushnell (91, with 10 fours) and James Hindmarch (56 not out, with six boundaries) roused them, albeit finishing well short on 193-7.

Durham U19s began their Six Counties U19s Championship with a first innings victory over Yorkshire at Driffield.

Yorkshire were struggling at 6-2 before recovering to make 153 all out, with Connor Whitelock producing an outstanding bowling stint of 3-12 in 16 overs, with seven maidens. Luke Henderson then grabbed 2-10.

Though Kashif Ali was bowled without scoring, fellow Durham opener Daniel Anderson’s 83 in 151 balls, backed by 39 from skipper Paul Braithwaite, led Durham to 127-2 at the close on day one.

Luke Henderson added 39 and Callum Bowman 41, with Sam Dinning’s unbeaten 61 leading to Durham declaring on 304-6 from 90.3 overs. Freddie Collins picked up 4-68.

Yorkshire batted out the final 44 overs, making 177-5, with Yaasar Imitaz (68) and Bailey Wocester (47) leading the way, while Tom Wing (2-32) and Cameron Grimwood (2-42) did best with the ball.