Rain Ruins the Steelbacks Day

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The Steelbacks and Durham Jets had to settle for a point each as the weather ruined their NatWest T20 Blast encounter at the County Ground.

In a contest that had been reduced to 15 overs each due to a late start, only 10 overs of the first innings were possible as a second heavy downpour of the evening finished things off.

It means that the Steelbacks have six points from eight games and their opponents five from seven in the North Group.

When play got under way at 7.45pm, Phil Mustard lost his off stump to David Willey from the first ball of the third over as the visitors made a sluggish start after winning the toss.

He was quickly followed by Calum MacLeod, who after hitting a couple of neat boundaries, was caught at cover and then Paul Collingwood, uppercutting to third man next ball, in Olly Stone’s second over.

The powerplay ended with the score at a paltry 34-3 and it didn’t get any better when Ben Stokes pulled Steven Crook to deep midwicket.

Mark Stoneman had stood strong at the other end and along with Gordon Muchall had pulled things round to some degree - the score had reached 69 for four – when the rain arrived again to bring an end to proceedings.

Next up for the Steelbacks in the NatWest T20 Blast, will be the Birmingham Bears here at the County Ground on Thursday 3rd July. Click here to purchase your tickets.

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