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Yorkshire grasp last-ball victory

TWENTY20 CUP, NORTH, Headingley:
Yorkshire 117-8 beat Durham 116-8 by two wickets. Yorks 2pts.

Tim Bresnan
Tim Bresnan celebrated his new three-year contract with two key wickets

Tim Bresnan survived a difficult chance off the last ball to scamper the single that saw Yorkshire home to the most dramatic of last-ball victories.

Chasing Durham's 116-8, Yorkshire got over the shock of Michael Vaughan being run out without facing a ball.

And they looked on course at 67-3 only to be undone by a clatter of wickets.

But, with one to win off the last ball, Bresnan fired straight at Ian Blackwell and then defied a run-out chance as he scraped home with Yorkshire on 117-8.

Durham looked favourites to win at one stage but an action-packed 17th over from Ben Harmison turned the game Yorkshire's way.

The home side began it having stumbled to 90-7, with 27 still required from the remaining four overs.

Bresnan, still on 1, then swung towards the square-leg boundary where former Yorkshire paceman Mitch Claydon, with the sun in his eyes, put down what would otherwise have been a straightforward catch.

The next ball was hit in the same direction by Simon Guy. And this time Claydon only just failed to pull off a brilliant right-handed catch at full-stretch, his only consolation being that he probably saved the ball going for six.

Incredibly, Bresnan then had another go and now all Claydon could do was watch the ball sail high over his head and into the middle of the East Stand.

Durham kept on fighting, thanks to a tidy penultimate over from Neil Killeen. And the contest had one more late twist when, with Yorkshire needing two to win off the last three balls, Ian Blackwell had Guy snapped up round the corner attempting to sweep.

But the penultimate delivery was misfielded by Dale Benkenstein at short cover to tie the scores. And, with the 4,200 crowd on the edge of their seats, Bresnan and Deon Kruis somehow got home.

Bresnan ended unbeaten on 19 to go alongside bowling figures of 2-18, which helped him pick up the man-of-the-match award.

But the unluckiest man of the night was Vaughan, who was run out without facing a ball when Yorkshire skipper Anthony McGrath's fierce return drive cannoned into Claydon's right hand and into the stumps with the former England captain out of his ground.

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson gives his verdict:

"Durham's batting leaves a lot to be desired at the moment.

"The 116 they made here was one of their worst totals since Twenty20 cricket began and they left their bowlers with little to work with.

"However, the seamers battled away against the odds and, had it not been for Mitch Claydon's dropped catch when Tim Bresnan was on 1, Durham could have won this as Yorkshire's batsmen went out of their way to prove this was a difficult wicket to bat on.

"Bresnan also enjoyed some luck as he escaped a last ball run-out from Dale Benkenstein, when the South African, ball in hand, missed the stumps.

"Next up it's Lancashire away. How do you stop a team who have won five on the bounce?"

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