Young Guns Blast Seconds To First Win

Young Guns Blast Seconds To First Win

Young Guns Blast Seconds To First Win

Second eleven coach Alastair Maiden saw two of his young players shine at Richmond

By Rob Scanlon - Durham CCC Head of Media

STUMPS. Durham 2nd XI (320-4; Hickey 95*, Clark 79, Budge, Pringle 62) beat Nottinghamshire 2nd XI (316-5; Dal 70, Wood 69, Hutton 56) by six wickets.

Points - Durham 2, Nottinghamshire 0.

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Two of Durham’s academy stars guided the second eleven to a convincing win over Nottinghamshire.

Teenagers Adam Hickey (95*) and Dylan Budge (66*) blasted 146 runs from just 86 balls in a superb partnership against a strong bowling line-up.

Graham Clark (79) and Ryan Pringle (62) also hit half-centuries as Durham coasted to their victory target with 11 balls to spare and six wickets in hand.

It means that Alastair Maiden’s side have got their second eleven trophy campaign off to the perfect start, despite enduring a tough time in the field.

Captain Gordon Muchall won the toss on a sunny morning in Richmond and elected to field first, perhaps due to the heavy rain over the previous two days.

The 32-year-old was probably hoping to take advantage of some early movement on a damp pitch, and Barry McCarthy (3-62) had George Munsey caught behind in the eighth over.

However, a second wicket stand of 128 between Anuj Dal (70) and Sam Wood (69) set Nottinghamshire on course for an imposing total.

Jamie Harrison (1-35) sent down ten economical overs, and there was a wicket too for Pringle (1-54) but they couldn’t prevent the visitors from posting 316-5.

Durham’s reply got off to a disappointing start as Stuart Poynter perished at the end of the first over, and Muchall was lured out of his crease by the left arm spin of Adam Tillcock to be stumped for 10.

A century stand between Clark and Pringle got Durham back on track before they departed in quick succession.

Hickey, who scored his maiden second team century against Gloucestershire last month, struck 14 boundaries to further enhance his burgeoning reputation.

The 18-year-old from Darlington joined forces with Budge, a star in the academy’s pre-season tour to India, and the pair eased Durham to a hugely impressive two points.