Shiv too slick for Outlaws
Pro40 clash goes down to the wire at Trent Bridge
By Joe Drabble. Last Updated: 19/08/08 10:30pm
Chanderpaul: Match-winning 77
NatWest Pro40 - Division One
Durham Dynamos 178-9 Innings Complete (S Chanderpaul 77) v Nottinghamshire Outlaws 146 (M A Wagh 52)Durham beat Nottinghamshire by 6 runs (D/L Method)
A superb 77 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul proved just enough as Durham halted Nottinghamshire's fantastic start to the Pro40 season with six-run win at Trent Bridge.
Steve Harmison kept his nerve in the final over of the match as the Outlaws failed to hunt down the 14 runs required for victory - despite the best efforts of Bilal Shafayat.
Mark Wagh starred for the hosts with 50 from 44 balls, however when he retired hurt with 19 runs required for victory, Durham regained the initiative thanks to some fine death bowling from Graham Onions and Harmison.
After winning the toss on a grey and damp early evening in Nottinghamshire, Durham captain Dale Benkenstein elected to bat - a decision which looked a shrewd one as the Dynamos powered to 45-0.
However, with openers Phil Mustard and Chanderpaul well set, Mustard could only loft an expansive drive off Charlie Shreck to debutant Ashwell Prince on the cover boundary for a quick-fire 19.
The Durham gloveman's dismissal saw Chanderpaul and former Notts batsman Will Smith maintain the strong start as the pair added 60 for the second wicket.
However, when Smith fell to Mark Ealham for 25, it triggered the loss of four further Dynamos wickets for just 12 runs.
Gordon Muchall (2), Benkenstein (0), Gareth Breese (2) and Ben Harmison (4) all fell cheaply as Notts reduced Durham from 105-1 to 120-6.
Chanderpaul continued to take it to the Outlaws attack, however, when he fell for a sublime 77 and Liam Plunkett was dismissed for a rapid 22 soon after, the visitors ended on a challenging, if not daunting 178-9.
Two rain interruptions through the course of the Durham innings meant that Nottinghamshire were left to chase a revised Duckworth-Lewis total of 153 from 25 overs.
The Outlaws flew out of the traps as openers Matt Wood and Will Jefferson scored quickly before Wood's departure for 19.
Jefferson and Wagh continued the chase in impressive fashion before Breese provided the much-needed breakthrough for the visitors to remove the former Essex opener for a run-a-ball 41.
Despite Prince falling tamely to Breese for just one, the Outlaws still remained hot favourites to register their fourth win of the competition as Wagh cruised passed his 50.
However, when the former Warwickshire batsman was forced to retire hurt after being struck by a quick full toss from Harmison, the Outlaws collapsed dramatically.
Captain Chris Read wasted four precious balls as he chipped a Harmison delivery to Benkenstein at cover for a duck.
With the hosts needing 18 runs from 11 balls, Ealham took on Steve Harmison's arm, a decision which proved costly as the England paceman swooped and threw brilliantly to Mustard who ran out the dangerous all-rounder.
Another dangerman, Andre Adams, fell two balls later as Plunkett threw down the stumps with the Kiwi yards out of the ground - the Outlaws left needing 15 from eight balls.
And when Onions clean bowled Rob Ferley with the final ball of the penultimate over, the Outlaws faced an uphill task of scoring 14 runs from the last over of the match - to be bowled by Harmison.
Shafayat scored four from the first two balls of the over, and when the third delivery strayed down leg-side for a wide, Notts sensed a dramatic victory.
But those hopes were short-lived as Harmison kept his nerve when it mattered before clean bowling Darren Pattinson with the final ball of the match to reignite the Dynamos Pro40 campaign.