Mustard too hot for Yorkshire, but Durham star misses out on landmark T20 century

Phil Mustard hits six off Jack Brooks. Picture by Kevin Brady
Phil Mustard hits six off Jack Brooks. Picture by Kevin Brady
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PHIL Mustard had no regrets despite falling nine runs short of becoming the first Durham player to hit a Twenty20 century.

Last night’s explosive innings of 91 from 52 balls, which included 11 fours and three sixes, helped maul Yorkshire Vikings by 76 runs at the Emirates ICG – and is the highest by a Durham player in the Friends Life competition.

The Sunderland-born star surpassed the previous T20 best – a knock of 83 posted by Herschelle Gibbs last season.

While Mustard was pleased with his display, the result mattered most.

“I wish I was (the first Durham player to score a T20 ton), but it didn’t happen for me,” said Mustard.

“Don’t get me wrong, it would have been nice to get a hundred, but the team got a victory one the board, and I’m happy with my 91.”

Mustard and his Durham team-mates had reasons to be cheerful as they dominated virtually throughout.

Mustard and fellow opener Mark Stoneman shared an opening stand of 62, before the latter clipped Richard Pyrah to short fine leg to depart for 12.

And there were fine cameos from Scott Borthwick (35 from 18 balls in an 83-run stand with Mustard over eight overs), Ben Stokes (23), and South Shields-born Gordon Muchall (27 not out), as the hosts posted their second best ever T20 score – 215-6.

Yorkshire’s reply never really got going, although an excellent 68 from 39 balls by Gary Balance (seven fours, three sixes) did give the visitors a brief glimpse of hope.

However, once he was caught by Stoneman – one of two wickets to fall to Gareth Breese – Yorkshire could do little more than see out the remaining overs.

The Tykes finished with 139-8 – 76 runs short of their required total, as Chris Rushworth and Will Smith took two wickets apiece, and Ryan Pringle and Stokes claimed one scalp each.

Mustard was quick to praise the team’s performance, but says they must now look to carry on their good form away to Lancashire Lightning tomorrow.

He said: “You have to keep building. We are still a novice side, a young side as far as this comeptition is concerned.

“We are still learning, but if we can keep putting scores of more than 200 then we are going to win a lot more games than we lose.

“We have a decent record down at Old Trafford, and hopefully we can keep that going.

“I think it will be a bit more of turning pitch down there, but we have players who put their hands up whatever the conditions.

“We need to keep doing that and to keep on performing as well as we can.”

DURHAM SQUAD (v Lancs): Mark Stoneman, Phil Mustard, Scott Borthwick, Will Smith, Ben Stokes, Gordon Muchall, Michael Richardson, Gareth Breese, Ryan Pringle, Mark Wood, Chris Rushworth, Callum Thorp, Keaton Jennings