Phil Mustard struck 61 from 41 balls to help Durham win the second T20 at Burnopfield
By Rob Scanlon - Durham CCC Head of Media
Match One - Durham 2nd XI (165-7) tied with Unicorns (165-6; Pollock 54). Scorecard - Click here
Match Two - Durham 2nd XI (158-8; Mustard 61) beat Unicorns (155-6; Burton 53, Mellor 52) by two wickets. Scorecard - Click here
Durham’s second eleven were involved in two thrilling games of T20 cricket against the Unicorns on Wednesday.
In the first match, Durham were asked to bat first and after losing Adam Hickey in the first over, they recovered well to post a competitive 165 for 7 from 20 overs.
Academy starlet Jack Clark top-scored with a 38-ball 46 and there were valuable contributions from captain Calum Macleod (38 from 21 balls) and Dylan Budge (26).
The Unicorns made a bright start in reply and were 38-0 after the first three overs, before some controlled leg-spin from Ben Whitehead (1-22) helped to peg them back.
At the start of the final over, the Unicorns required 13 to win and then Durham University student Edward Pollock was dismissed for 54. But a couple of boundaries from Lee Thomason dragged his side level and the match was tied.
The teams were close again in the second match, with Durham this time set a victory target of 156. Opening pair Alex Mellor (52) and Tom Burton (53) put on 95 for the first wicket, whilst Barry McCarthy (3-32) and Ryan Buckley (3-10 from three overs) impressed with the ball.
Phil Mustard blasted three sixes and six fours in his score of 61 and Calum MacLeod added 42 from 26 deliveries to put their side in a strong position at the halfway mark.
However, Durham slipped from 120-2 to 132-6 and the game was far from sewn up when Jamie Harrison was the eighth man out with three balls left and four runs required.
Two dot balls followed and the pressure was on Buckley to deliver, which he duly did by striking a six to win the game by two wickets.
The second eleven are next in action on Monday the 22nd of June when they take on Derbyshire in two T20 matches at Leek Cricket Club.