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Defeat for Falcons at Durham

The Derbyshire Falcons slipped to defeat by eight wickets against the Durham Dynamos with former South Africa international Herschelle Gibbs blasting an unbeaten 83 for the hosts.

Having won the toss and elected to bat first, the Falcons managed 131 from their 20 overs, a target the Dynamos reached in the 18th over for the loss of two wickets.

Despite 10 off the opening over of the match from Chris Rushforth, the experienced duo of Graham Onions (1-17) and Liam Plunkett (0-25) checked the visitors progress; both bowling their full quota of overs straight through.

With Wes Durston (6) and Ross Whiteley (0) both dismissed early on, it was left to Usman Khawaja and Wayne Madsen to rebuild, and they did so effectively; taking the Falcons score from 17-2 to 56-2 at the halfway stage.

The Falcons total had moved to 69 before Khawaja’s innings was ended for a 38 ball 33, including four fours.

Scott Borthwick – Man of the Match last week at the County Ground – again looked impressive with his leg spin and he clean bowled Chesney Hughes, who had unsuccessfully advanced down the track, for two.

 When Madsen departed to the same bowler for 27 off 30 balls; the Falcons were in a spot of trouble at 82-5 from 15 overs.

With the visitors looking short of a competitive total, a late injection of impetus from Jon Clare (17 from 11) and Garry Park (29* from 25) ensured 45 runs were scored off the final three overs of the innings to give Derbyshire a chance. Derbyshire Falcons 131-7 from their 20 overs.

In reply, the Durham Dynamos never looked in any real trouble as Phil Mustard and Herschelle Gibbs took to the home side to 70-0 from nine overs.

The former, however, fell to the first ball of the tenth over; Mustard advancing down the track to the once again impressive Wainwright, only to be stumped by Tom Poynton for 35.

Dale Benkenstein then added just seven before finding Naved in the deep off Hughes, however by that stage the Dynamos were 88-2 from 13 overs; requiring just 44 from 42 balls with eight wickets remaining.

Gibbs was soon passing 50 from 42 deliveries including seven fours as the hosts - despite figures of 1-18 from four overs from Wainwright – moved comfortably towards their target.

With Gibbs in imperious form, victory promptly arrived with 17 balls to spare; the former South African international finishing unbeaten on 83 from just 58 balls with nine fours and three sixes.

The Falcons’ attention now turns to Friday evening when they take on the Leicestershire Foxes at the County Ground, the match beginning at 7:30pm.

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