DURHAM Dynamos raced to a notable Yorkshire Bank 40 win over last season’s semi-finalists Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford thanks to Phil Mustard’s aggressive 91.
In pursuit of 217 to win this Group B clash, Mustard and opening partner Mark Stoneman scored at 10 runs per over in the first eight powerplay overs – including a run of 26 runs off seven balls.
Stoneman hit Wayne White for five fours in the fourth over before Mustard pulled Oliver Newby for six at the start of the fifth.
But, after the departures of Stoneman for 32 and Ryan Pringle in the space of eight balls to leave the score at 81 for two in the ninth, Mustard built upon the early assault to secure a first win at the second attempt by five wickets with 31 balls to spare.
Lancashire got off to a flyer thanks to openers Stephen Moore and Ashwell Prince in a 73-run stand inside 11 overs.
But both fell inside four overs to Gareth Breese and Ben Stokes to leave the score at 83 for two.
Lancashire could not maintain the same intensity as their innings stumbled along with the loss of regular wickets.
Karl Brown hit 32 before being stumped by Mustard off Pringle’s off-spin – the same way Prince had fallen to Breese. And when stand-in captain Simon Katich was caught behind off Wood, the hosts were 128 for five in the 26th over.
Jordan Clark and White tried their best to up the ante but, despite the latter’s 37 off 47, they were unable to do so.
Chris Rushworth nipped in with three of the last four Lancashire wickets to fall - those of Clark caught at long-on, White caught and bowled and Newby caught behind – to finish with three for 44.
After Mustard and Stoneman shared 71 inside seven overs, the former added 90 inside 17 overs with Paul Collingwood (38) for the third wicket. Mustard hit eight fours and two sixes over mid-wicket in 86 balls having been dropped on 43 by Simon Kerrigan.
Newby struck twice, while Stephen Parry, Kerrigan and Steven Croft all added one for the Lightning, but their wickets hardly affected Durham’s path to victory.