Twenty20 Cup - North Division
Durham 131-7 v Yorkshire 90-9
Durham beat Yorkshire by 41 runs
Durham comfortably defended a modest total for a 41-run victory over Yorkshire in the Twenty20 Cup at the Riverside on Wednesday.
Yorkshire were reduced to 51-8 in reply at one point and needed a spirited last-wicket stand to avoid recording the lowest total in seven seasons of English Twenty20 cricket.
They were five short of Sussex's 67 against Hampshire in 2004 when Deon Kruis joined Adil Rashid and took them to 90-9 at the close.
Chasing what looked a below-par target of 132, the Tykes never recovered from two run-outs in the first three overs.
A second successive win for Durham and a second defeat of the week for Yorkshire left both teams on eight points in the North Divsion with two games left. They are in joint second place in the group with Leicestershire.
With skipper Anthony McGrath again absent because of a whiplash injury following a car accident, Jacques Rudolph's decision to put Durham in proved flawed.
His team had to bat in fading light and once they had slumped to four for three much depended on Michael Vaughan. He had made 16 of the 30 runs when he was sixth out, driving straight to deepish mid-off to hand Ben Harmison his third wicket.
Yorkshire sent in Rana Naved-ul-Hasan to open, but he was run out without facing a ball when Andrew Gale set off for a suicidal run to cover, hesitated, then went again.
Mitch Claydon banged in the first ball of the second over, achieved good lift and Gerard Brophy edged it to Phil Mustard.
Then Vaughan played Neil Killeen behind square on the off side and set off for a run. Gale responded but was run out by a brilliant pick-up and throw from David Warner.
Australian Twenty20 specialist Warner had earlier launched the Durham innings very impressively on his home debut, only to fall for 19 in the fourth over when he tried to hook Tim Bresnan and skied a catch to Rashid at deep square leg.
Mustard was very subdued in taking until the 10th over to pull Azeem Rafiq for his first boundary, but the young off-spinner kept a tight rein on the middle of the Durham innings in tandem with Rashid.
Mustard was Durham's top scorer with 26 off 27 balls before he was caught at long-on off Rafiq, and the only Yorkshire player who made more than Vaughan was Rashid, who remained unbeaten on 28.