After leading Durham to a four-wicket victory at Seat Unique Riverside, Nathan Sowter and Graham Clark tormented Northamptonshire Steelbacks for the second time in the Vitality Blast this season.

Graham’s partnership with Swoter:

In the rematch, Sowter outperformed his 5 for 15 stats against the Steelbacks with a stunning run of 4 for 14, holding the visitors to 161 for 7 from their 20 overs. The top scorer, Emilio Gay, had a career-high 53 points, but the rest of the lineup couldn’t help him create a challenging total for the hosts to beat.

Graham Clark scored a century in the reverse fixture
Graham Clark scored a century in the reverse fixture  

By four wickets, Durham defeated Northamptonshire’s 161 for 7 (Gay 53, Sowter 4-14) in their innings of 162 for 6 (Clark 55, Heldreich 3-36).

Graham clark hits 50 at 25 balls:

Following his century in the first innings, Clark put up an impressive showing against the Steelbacks in the top of the inning. His 55-run innings served as the cornerstone for the chase, which Freddie Heldreich’s three wickets threatened to derail. However, Durham maintained their calm and earned their fourth victory of the year to boost their chances of making the quarterfinals.

Without completely dominating the Durham assault, the visitors started the powerplay strong. Early pacesetter Gay made an impression with his ground-covering hitting, which included back-to-back boundaries against Luke Robinson. Chris Lynn started his knock slowly, but with a superb cut behind point to the fence, he raised the fifty stand.

A superb diving catch by Liam Trevaskis at long-off gave Sowter the breakthrough after the Australian first cleared the line and was starting to find his range before falling for 24.

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His performance leads towards the team win :

In order to set up his team for a late surge beyond the 150-run threshold, Gay continued to play the anchor position and scored his first T20 fifty off 38 balls. After collecting five wickets in the previous match, Sowter continued to harass the Steelbacks lineup.

In order to put the visitors under pressure, he forced out David Willey and bowled Saif Zaib.

The Steelbacks raced to a respectable score of 161 for 7 thanks to AJ Tye and Tom Taylor’s valuable late cameos.

When Taylor turned down a straightforward opportunity to dismiss Alex Lees at short midwicket in the second over, Northants squandered a tremendous chance to restart the Durham chase. At the conclusion of the powerplay, the Durham captain and Clark sprinted past their fifty partnership.

Heldreich earned brief respite for the visitors by breaking the stand with his first ball, pinning Lees lbw for 30. Clark followed in the footsteps of his team-mate Sowter by defying the Steelbacks again. After scoring his maiden T20 century at Wantage Road in the first match of the competition, he proved equally destructive on home soil, powering his way to fifty from 25 balls.

Heldreich kept the visitors in with a shout of hauling back the hosts working in tandem with a miserly spell from Saif Zaib, removing Michael Jones and the key wicket of Clark for 55.

Turner eased the tension for the hosts and all but carried them over the line with a vital knock of 31 from 18.