Durham’s double victory delight

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DURHAM finally got their first wins of pre-season under their belt in a Twenty20 double header with Kent yesterday.

Having lost their four-day warm-up in Dubai against MCC, and slipped to a one-day defeat against Kent on Monday, it was the turn of the most explosive form of the game to take centre stage.

Echo columnists Gareth Breese and Gordon Muchall talk about getting some momentum going into the season in today’s edition of G Force, and the duo were instrumental in both victories.

Breese put in a stunning performance in the first game, which Durham won by a massive 91 runs in Canterbury.

The West Indian all-rounder smashed a half-century off just 32 balls, including three sixes, before taking two wickets for just 12 runs from his four overs of spin.

Muchall, meanwhile, added extra impetus to the Durham innings when he cracked an unbeaten 33 from 24 deliveries as the visitors posted a huge 197-4 from their 20 overs.

Breese and Muchall’s contribution was bettered by new one-day skipper Mark Stoneman, who blasted 62 from 30 balls, including five sixes, with only Phil Mustard and Usman Arshad failing with the bat, both dismissed by ex-Durham bowler Mitch Claydon.

In reply, Kent were all out for just 106, with Scottish teenager Gavin Main taking the first three wickets, while Breese dismissed ex-Durham ace Ben Harmison, and Jamie Harrison and Scott Borthwick also bagged two wickets each.

In the second game, Kent made 148-8 in their 20 overs, with Harrison taking three wickets.

And Durham again coasted to victory, winning by seven wickets with seven balls to spare as Michael Richardson and Muchall saw them home with an unbeaten stand of 59.

Muchall hit 30 from 24 balls while Richardson, promoted to opener with Stoneman dropping down the order, smashed 73 not out from 52 deliveries, including clearing the ropes three times.