Northerns fail to capitalise after derailing Durham innings

Durham – 216 all out in 42.2 overs (Alex Lees 83, David Bedingham 32, Graham Clark 29; Wellington Masakadza 3/38, Wessly Madhevere 3/42, Ryan Burl 1/28)

Northerns – 174 all out in 34.4 overs (Craig Ervine 50, Ryan Burl 40, Innocent Kaia 29; Liam Trevaskis 5/29, Ben Raine 2/11, George Drissell 2/39)

Durham won by 42 runs

Despite some good bowling and valuable innings of 50 and 40 by Craig Ervine and Ryan Burl respectively, Northerns were unable to prevent another Durham victory in their one-day match at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday, going down in the end by 42 runs.

The county team’s match-winners were opening batters Alex Lees, yet again, with the bat and the leg-spinner Liam Trevaskis with the ball.

Durham batted first on winning the toss and got off to their usual good start with an opening stand of 65 in 12.3 overs between Graham Clark and Lees.

Clark was then caught off Wellington Masakadza for 29, and the new man, Scott Borthwick, also caught off the next delivery.

This was only a temporary hiccup, though, as Lees continued to bat in superb form, and David Bedingham joined him in a third-wicket partnership of 66.

A very large total seemed to be in prospect as Durham reached 187 for four in the 34th over, with Lees now approaching his century.

However, the Northerns bowlers now fought back and wickets began to tumble to a varied attack.

Lees himself went at 193 for seven, caught at the wicket off Brad Evans for 83 – he faced 98 balls and hit 10 fours.

For the first time Durham were bowled out, a fine recovery by the home side, the total being 216 in the 43rd over.

The spinners Masakadza and Wessly Madhevere were the most successful with three wickets each.

When Northerns went in to begin their chase, they quickly lost Tadiwanashe Marumani to the third ball of the innings without scoring.

However, Innocent Kaia and Ervine put them back on track with a good second-wicket partnership of 56 in 10 overs before Kaia was caught for a fluent 29.

The innings shuddered as Gary Ballance went for one and Madhevere for six – 76 for four in the 15th over.

Burl joined Ervine and they took the score past hundred until at 107 Ervine, soon after reaching his smoothly hit fifty, was bowled by George Drissell having faced 52 balls.

All was not lost yet, as Clive Madande joined Burl and the pair took charge of the bowling, bringing their team back into the game as the score mounted.

But at 151 Burl was out lbw to Ben Raine for 40 off 39 balls, and that proved to be the end of the Northerns fight.

Madande went for 14 and the tail had little to offer, with Trevaskis doing most of the damage.

After such a promising start, Northerners had lost their last five wickets for 23 runs and Durham therefore completed a clean sweep, having won all their games on the pre-season tour.

Trevaskis finished with the excellent figures of five wickets for 29 runs off 8.4 overs.