Durham wait on t20 qualification after beating Northants

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Durham 144-7 beat Northants 47 by 97 runs
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Paul Collingwood
Collingwood has taken 16 wickets in the FL t20 this season

Paul Collingwood took a hat-trick as Durham boosted their chances of making the FL t20 quarter-finals with a 97-run victory over Northants.

Collingwood finished with 5-6 from three overs, as Northants were all out for 47 - a record low in English Twenty20 cricket.

Earlier, Dale Benkenstein hit an unbeaten 31 in the home side's 144-7.

Durham move up to fourth and need Notts to beat Worcestershire on Friday to secure a quarter-final spot.

The visitors total beat the previous lowest of 67, set by Sussex against Hampshire at Hove in 2004.

Collingwood, dropped from England's one-day squad for their recent series with Sri Lanka, got rid of Bilal Shafayat, David Willey and 17-year-old debutant Oliver Stone to claim his hat-trick.

It was the second treble in this season's FL t20, following Wahib Riaz's effort for Kent against Gloucestershire.

Durham's biggest-ever Twenty20 victory has condemned Northants to bottom spot in the North Group, three points adrift of eighth-placed Warwickshire with one game to go.


Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood told BBC Newcastle:

"It was a great effort from everyone. We knew 144 would be a a difficult score to get on that wicket.

"We also wanted to make sure we played well and were on top of our game and our fielding and bowling was excellent.

"I didn't realise I was on a hat-trick until I started to run in and the crowd began cheering and thankfully he missed the ball.

"It was ridiculous really but things like this can happen in this form of cricket."

Northants coach David Capel:

"I thought the lads bowled and fielded pretty well but we need to keep things in perspective, we were resting players like Andrew Hall and Chaminda Vaas.

"Four out of our five top batsmen were missing. We have some important Championship cricket coming up and Pro40, where we have won five out of five.

"Unfortunately in T20 these things can happen when you have some young players in the side.

"We know those lads can bat better than that. It was a rough experience for one or two of them but we will keep things in perspective and move forward."