The sport of basketball appears to be making slow but certain headway as far as staging the long-awaited National Basketball Championships is concerned.
Discarded West Indies allrounder Andre Russell blasted an unbeaten 47 off 21 balls but conceded figures of 3-0-36-0 as his team Worcestershire were beaten by seven wickets by Warwickshire in the Friends Life t20 at County Ground, Worcester yesterday. Coming to bat at 128 for three in the 14th over, the Jamaican hit five fours and three sixes during his brief stay to help his side reach a competitive 188 for five in their 20 overs batting first. Opener Moeen Ali was also among the runs, hitting 85 off 42 balls. It was his first substantial score for the county after managing scores of 1, 12 and 18 in previous matches.
Russell was less successful with the ball though and Warwickshire reached their target with an over to spare. Darren Maddy was unbeaten on 84 off 42 with Chris Woakes at the other end on 28 off nine with six fours. Meanwhile at Old Trafford, Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 39 off 31 balls as his team Derbyshire went down to Lancashire by 12 runs. Replying to Lancashire’s 165 for nine, Derby reached 153 for six when overs ran out. Opener and fellow West Indian Chesney Hughes was dismissed for a seven ball duck.
At Chester-le-Street, Jamaican allrounder Gareth Breese hit 12 off six balls and took two for 31 in four overs to help Durham crush Yorkshire by 76 runs. Durham piled up 215 for six batting first and then limited their opponent to 139 for eight with Breese removing topscorer Gary Ballance (68) along with wicketkeeper Andy Hodd (11).
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