Phil Mustard’s 24-ball half-century and four wickets for John Hastings guided Durham Jets to an eight-wicket win in the NatWest T20 Blast fixture at Emirates Durham ICG.
Alex Hughes hit a career-best unbeaten 43 to help the visitors recover from 83-8 to 125 all out. But the Falcons’ total was always below par, especially when Mustard smashed 11 fours and one six in his match-winning 54.
Chesney Hughes hit 30 off just 16 balls (4 fours, 1 six) get his side off to a solid start, onto 47-2 in the sixth over. But when the powerful opener fell to pick of the bowlers Hastings, Derbyshire lost six wickets for 36 runs to slip to 83-8 in the 14th over.
Australia international Hastings returned career-best figures of 4-26 off four overs, while Paul Collingwood, who also took three catches, finished with 2-17 from his four overs to rip through the Falcons’ middle-order on a pitch that seamed and moved around.
Alex Hughes, however, produced a controlled innings to compile his highest score in Twenty20 cricket to help his side up and over three figures. The 22-year-old hit two fours and one six to end the innings unbeaten on 43 off 36 balls.
He found some assistance in the shape of Greg Cork, making his senior debut for Derbyshire, who added 12 off 13 balls, but the visitors were all out for 125.
Opener Mustard then quickly took the game away from the Falcons, completing a 24-ball half-century as Durham raced to 68-0 in the sixth over.
Derbyshire claimed two wickets in two balls, courtesy of Mark Turner (1-30) and Wes Durston (1-8), but it wasn’t enough as Ben Stokes smacked 49 off 26 balls (5 fours, 3 sixes) to seal victory for the hosts.
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