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Gibbs and Gale ease Yorkshire to win over Durham

FRIENDS PROVIDENT t20, Headingley:
Yorkshire 160-1 (16 ovs) beat Durham 156-7 (20 ovs) by nine wickets
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Herschelle Gibbs
Gibbs' unbeaten 76 came off just 39 balls

Herschelle Gibbs and Andrew Gale both struck unbeaten half-centuries to ease Yorkshire to their first FP t20 win with a nine-wicket thumping of Durham.

Chasing 157 to win at Headingley, Gibbs (76no) and skipper Gale (60no) shared a T20 county record partnership of 137 to seal victory with four overs left.

Rich Pyrah (2-31) had earlier taken the prize wickets of Ross Taylor (31) and Albie Morkel (33) as Durham made 156-7.

Adil Rashid also chipped in with 3-23 before Gibbs and Gale took over.

Their partnership spanned only 11.5 overs, with Gibbs hitting seven fours and four sixes in his 39-ball knock, and Gale five fours and three sixes in his 42-ball innings.

And it beat the unbroken 129-run stand between Gale and Michael Vaughan against Nottinghamshire, also at Headingley, last season.

Yorkshire's victory followed back-to-back defeats by Derbyshire and Worcestershire, while Durham, who face Warwickshire on Friday, have now lost two games and suffered a rain-off in their third.

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson reflects on the Headingley action:
"A swashbuckling record partnership of 137 is just what Twenty20 cricket is all about, but not if your side is on the end of it.

"This is one of the biggest defeats handed out to Durham in this form of the game and by their nearest rivals as well.

"The 156 they scored wasn't bad in a historical context - their wins against Yorkshire have all come with less runs on the board.

"But the bowling badly let them down and when Gibbs and Gale got hold of the ball the game plan went out of the window.

"The side left Headingley for Birmingham with their tails between their legs and no doubt with Geoff Cook pondering team changes ahead of Friday's match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston."

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