Lancashire overcome Durham easily by 26 runs: Friends Life Twenty20-First Innings Recap

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Lancashire overcome Durham easily by 26 runs: Friends Life Twenty20 - First Innings Recap on Friday, July 1, 2011.
The hosts scored a solid total of 161 in their allotted 20 overs, losing just five wickets in the process. The team’s skipper, scored half-centuries in the match and top scored with 51 runs each.
Durham were below par in their reply, as the team was restricted to 135 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Their batting failed miserably, as none of the batsmen managed to score a half-century in the innings.
The pitch was good for the batsmen, as it was hard and dry. However, the Durham’s captain,, expected some assistance for the bowlers in the first half of the match and decided to field first after winning the toss.
Benkenstein’s decision proved totally wrong in the end, as the opposition got away with a solid total and batting became difficult in the second half of the match.
Lancashire opened their innings with their regular pair, failed to make an impression. He was sent back to the pavilion after adding just seven runs to the total.
The innings was then stabilised by Croft and innings though and was dismissed after scoring 22 runs from 21
balls with the help of a couple of boundaries.
This brought in the middle and he gave terrific support to his skipper. The pair collected 78 runs for the third wicket partnership, taking the game away from the opposition.
Croft’s innings finally came to an end in the 16th over of the innings. He really batted well and with a lot of maturity. He was dismissed after scoring 51 runs from 36 balls with the help of three fours and two massive sixes.
Brown also batted wit responsibility and ended up with the same number of runs as his captain. Another surprising fact was that he also faced the same number of deliveries as Croft. However, Brown struck four fours and two sixes in his outing. remained unbeaten on 11 from the same number of deliveries, guiding the team’s total above 160 in the end. was the pick of the bowlers for his side, picking up two wickets in the match.



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