Friends Life t20 Porterfield leads the Bears to an opening victory
With a superb 83, Will Porterfield helped the Warwickshire Bears to an opening 5 wicket victory over the Durham Dynamos with 11 balls to spare at the Emirates
The Bears won the toss at the Emirates and put the Durham Dynamos into bat on a warm and sunny evening but Phil Mustard and Gordon Muchall were in attacking form, quickly posting a half century partnership in the sixth over as some untidy fielding and undisciplined bowling added to the Bears’ early problems.
Stef Piolet and Jeetan Patel slowed the run rate down, despite Mustard heaving Patel into the stand for six, but the control from Piolet reaped reward as he collected both openers’ wickets with Muchall 35 caught by Miller and then Mustard 38 by Troughton.
Ian Blackwell was in belligerent mood, but Maddy had former England t20 captain, Paul Collingwood caught in the deep by Porterfield for seven in the sixteenth over when Durham were 123-3.
Neil Carter returned to the attack and his final two overs went for just eight runs as Durham finally closed on 151-3 from their twenty overs.
Neil Carter 18 picked up a four and a six in the opening over to dispel any ideas that he wouldn’t be in touch in his first game back but having hit a second six he then tried a reverse sweep and lobbed a catch gently to short third man.
Varun Chopra’s pull off Breese gave Blackwell an easy catch but Porterfield was in dominating form and brought up his half century off just thirty deliveries.
Jim Troughton made eighteen from sixteen deliveries before being caught at long on by Rushworth off Breese and Maddy 11 perished the same way off Plunkett with just 22 needed from 26 deliveries.
Will Porterfield 83 was run out with 1 needed but Rikki Clarke wrapped up a wonderful five wicket opening victory with a drive for four with eleven balls to spare.
Will Porterfield's 83 was the fifth highest individual score for the Bears in t20 cricket
After the victory, Bears skipper Jim Troughton said, "It was good to get off to a winning start and we're hoping to make it two out of two tomorrow at Headingley."
"I thought Steffan Piolet really bowled well and steadied the Durham innings mid way through while Neil Carter's yorkers at the end were a big bonus."
"Will Porterfield batted superbly, even after the fielding restrictions were over he played some terrific cricket shots right through the innings,"
Unsuprisingly, Will Porterfield received the Man of the Match Award