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Glos beaten by Durham in thriller

PRO40 DIVISION ONE, Cheltenham:
Durham 206 beat Gloucestershire 205 by one run
(Durham 2pts, Glos 0pts)


Liam Plunkett
Plunkett finished with figures of 2-31 at Cheltenham

Liam Plunkett held his nerve to clinch a one-run Pro40 win for Durham against Gloucestershire on a thrilling final day of the Cheltenham festival.

With Gloucestershire needing two to win with one wicket left, Plunkett had Steve Kirby caught behind off the first ball of the final over.

That saw the hosts bowled out for 205 in a game they looked out of until Jon Lewis' 54 saw them recover from 105-7.

Durham had earlier been dismissed for 206, Kyle Coetzer top scoring with 63.

In a game that swung one way then the other, Gloucestershire drew first blood when James Franklin captured the early wicket of the dangerous Phil Mustard for only six.

And when Kirby (4-32) had big-hitting Ian Blackwell caught by Franklin for 23, Durham were 31-2.

Will Smith and Dale Benkenstein both fell cheaply, and it was left to Ben Harmison (47) and Coetzer to provide the backbone of the visitors' innings.

When Coetzer was bowled by Richard Dawson, Durham were 184-7 and from there they stumbled to 206.

Gloucestershire's reply got off the worst possible start when Neil Kileen trapped Kadeer Ali leg before first ball, but Will Porterfield and James Franklin steered them into a strong position at 79-1 after captain Alex Gidman had been forced to retire hurt after being hit in the face by a short ball from Mitch Claydon.

But after Franklin was run out for 21, Ian Blackwell (4-36) turned the game in Durham's favour.

First he removed Hamish Marshall for a second-ball duck, before claiming the key wicket of Porterfield for 62.

He also bowled David Brown after Chris Taylor had been run out for nine and Steve Adshead dismissed by Gareth Breese to leave the home side 105-7.

There seemed no way back, but Lewis had other ideas, hitting his maiden one-day half-century off only 36 balls as he and Dawson (31) added 80 for the eighth wicket.

But Blackwell turned the game in Durham's favour again by capturing the wicket of Lewis, caught by Harmison, before Plunkett dismissed Dawson with Gloucestershire still needing 12.

Gidman bravely returned to the crease with a runner and helped his side to within sight of victory, only for Plunkett to inflict the fatal blow.



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