Gareth Breese took 3-19 in four overs against Lancashire Lightning
STUMPS. Lancashire Lightning 164-8 v Durham Jets 137-7. Lancashire Lightning won by 27 runs.
Points - Lancashire 2, Durham 0.
Durham Jets suffered a 27 run defeat in their penultimate NatWest T20 Blast group game against table toppers Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford.
Gareth Breese took three wickets but Usman Khawaja top scored with 44 off 25 balls in a competitive 164 for eight, although the hosts should have posted more on a typically abrasive Old Trafford surface.
Durham’s reply never got going despite an impressive comeback with the ball after Khawaja and Ashwell Prince had got Lancashire off to a flyer with an opening stand of 84 in 7.1 overs.
In reply, the Jets finished with 137 for seven. Phil Mustard top scored with 49 and Gordon Muchall hit 37 from 22 balls.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Khawaja and Prince (43) helped Lancashire take advantage of some poor leg side bowling before Durham, led by Breese, improved with some effect to restrict Lancashire to a total within reach.
The wicket of Prince, bowled by Breese with the first ball of the eighth, was the first of five to fall for 23 runs in 32 balls as the Lightning slipped to 107 for five in the 13th.
Breese struck three times for 19 in four overs and Paul Collingwood twice on the way to figures of two for 21.
Khawaja was strong playing to leg before he holed out to deep mid wicket off Breese in the tenth having hit seven boundaries, leaving the score at 95 for three in the tenth.
Steven Croft’s 31 off 28, including the only six of the innings, helped to get Lancashire moving again but three late wickets, including two for the medium pace of Keaton Jennings, ensured there was not too much damage done.
Durham’s reply got off to a slow start at eleven without loss after three as Croft, Kabir Ali and Jarvis all bowled tight overs.
That pressure paid off in the fourth over when Scott Borthwick chipped Wayne White to mid off with the score on 12.
Jarvis struck in the next when Callum MacLeod found mid on as Durham fell to 25 for two on their way to a powerplay score of 27 for two, a score in stark contrast to Lancashire at the same stage.
Michael Richardson was caught behind against Croft in the eighth before Durham reached halfway at 49 for three with another 116 still needed.
Collingwood miscued and skied Jarvis to point as Durham fell to 66 for four in the 13th before Mustard holed out to deep backward square leg against Ali with the last ball of the 17th. Durham, at 108 for five, needed 57 off the last three.
Ali struck twice in the last as he comfortably defended 35 and finished with three for 19 himself.