Durham face anxious wait

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DURHAM batsman Gordon Muchall says he and his team-mates face an anxious wait to see if they can qualify for the T20 quarter-finals.

Muchall scored a career-best T20 knock of 66 from 36 balls to help Durham beat Derbyshire by 37 runs yesterday.

The result leaves Durham third in the completed North Group division, and they must wait until teams in the other groups finish their games this week to learn their fate.

They now need either defeat for Glamorgan or a no-result between Warwickshire and Somerset in the Midlands, West and Wales Group on Tuesday, or for both Essex (home to Surrey) and Middlesex (away to Hampshire) to lose in the South Group on Wednesday, to see them through as one of the two best third-placed teams.

The Dynamos’ victory yesterday saw them rack up four wins in a row for the first time in T20, and while Muchall was pleased with the success he was well aware it may still not be enough.

He said: “The lads have played well towards the end of the tournament and hopefully we can squeeze through with a few results going our way this week.

“Mark Stoneman (stand-in T20 skipper) told us that four wins in a row was a new record for us in this competition, which is a bonus, but ideally we’d like to keep on going in the tournament.”

Stoneman (47), along with Muchall, helped the hosts to post a total of 187-3 from their 20 overs.

And with the ball, Graham Onions, Chris Rushworth and Scott Borthwick took two wickets apiece as Dan Redfern (43) top-scored for Derbyshire, who were all out for 150.

Durham were penalised a quarter of a point for a salary-cap breach last season, leaving them third in the division on 11.75 points.

Muchall was pleased to help the side get over the line yesterday, and said that the T20 has seen a real team effort from Durham this year.

He added: “Lots of people have put their hands up and won us games in this competition, which has been brilliant.

“This current side is probably as well-drilled a squad as we have ever had in this format.

“We have had some very big names in the past, but at the minute this squad seems to know their jobs, and are just getting on with it, and that’s bringing the results.”