Derbyshire hold on to beat Durham by five runs

Friends Life t20, Derby
Derbyshire 183-3 beat Durham 178-5 by five runs
Match scorecard

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill found his form to fire Derbyshire to a five-run Friends Life t20 victory over Durham at Derby.

Guptill hit 60 and Wayne Madsen made his first half-century in the competition as the Falcons ran up a competitive 183-3.

Gordan Muchall hit 62 for Durham, but Derbyshire's spinners removed Paul Collingwood and Ian Blackwell cheaply.

Needing 15 off the final over, the Dynamos came up short on 178-5.

Guptill looked in good touch from the start as the Durham seamers tended to pitch too short, reaching his maiden 50 for Derbyshire off 35 balls before launching Blackwell over mid-wicket for six.

The opening pair put on 88 in 11 overs, but Durston was caught behind for 25 and Guptill followed in the next over.

Madsen then improvised cleverly to reach 50 from only 28 balls as 53 came from the last four overs.

Phil Mustard and Muchall quickly moved into overdrive when Durham replied, and Muchall reached his half-century off 30 balls before Mustard was stumped for 36.

Muchall skied to cover and Collingwood's attempt to clear the ropes landed in the hands of deep mid-wicket.

Although Gareth Breese pulled Tim Groenewald for six, 15 off the final over was too much for Durham.