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Yorkshire beaten despite fight back

McKenzie hit 77

By Jon Steer
April 21 2008

There can't be many more satisfying ways to start the season than a victory against Yorkshire... The victory would have been more impressive were it not for a strong fight back by Yorkshire's lower order after they were struggling at 140-8 chasing Durham's total of 220. The victory margin ended up as just 5 runs but there were some positive signs from Durham.

Durham have new signing Neil McKenzie to thank for anchoring their innings, his 77 from 120 balls was the cornerstone of their total of 220 all out after having been put in to bat by Yorkshire.

The only other batsmen to pass 20 for Durham were Phil Mustard with 25 from 22 balls and Ben Harmison who scored 21.

Mustard was quickly into action in Yorkshire's reply, taking a catch and a stumping from the bowling of Neil Killeen to remove the openers. A second stumping, this time off Gareth Breese following wickets from both Harmison brothers and Liam Plunkett saw Yorkshire fall to a perilous 140-8 and Durham apparently closing in on victory.

Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad had other ideas and a ninth wicket stand of 66 put Yorkshire back in the game. With 11 needed off the final over Yorkshire had a shot at victory themselves but it proved to be beyond them as with 6 needed from the final two balls Tim Bresnan was last man out caught by Benkenstein off the bowling of Graham Onions.

A good all round performance from Durham, the batsmen should probably have done more but conditions were against them and McKenzie made sure that the total set was a competitive one.

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