Klusener helps Nottinghamshire keep hopes alive

Published: Monday, May 6, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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London: South Africa star Lance Klusener lived up to his all-rounder status by scoring 68 and taking two for 31 as Nottinghamshire kept its hopes of going through to the Benson and Hedges Cup knockout stages with a five-run win over Durham on Saturday. Klusener's performance showed just how fickle fortune can be in the One-day game - on Friday he scored just one and claimed an expensive one for 65 in defeat by Lancashire. But the man nicknamed Zulu is no quitter and even though his innings was anything but his usual frenzied assault, it was valuable nonetheless. At 90 for four Klusener's team, coached by former South African all-rounder Clive Rice, needed a decent partnership. Together with captain Jason Gallian (56), Klusener was content to nudge ones and twos showing how there is more to scoring runs in Limited Overs games than just brutal hitting. After Gallian's departure to left-arm spinner Graeme Bridge, former England wicket- keeper Chris Read was a useful ally before Klusener was run out off the final ball of the innings, Nottinghamshire 224 for six. Klusener's runs came from 89 balls including one six and three fours. He then chipped in with a couple of wickets as Durham, despite Nicky Peng's tournament-best 72, falling short with seamer Andrew Harris taking four for 42. At The Oval, England batsman Graham Thorpe looked in good touch ahead of the Sri Lanka series with 61 in defending champions Surrey's first win of this year's tournament. Thorpe hit eight boundaries in his 76-ball innings against Kent - his 72nd half- century in Limited Overs cricket and together with Alistair Browntook Surrey to 257 for nine from 50 overs. Robert Key's 59 was the only Kent score of note as they finished 44 runs adrift. Elsewhere England off spinner Richard Dawson took four for 13 as Derbyshire was bowled out for a meagre 157 in reply to Yorkshire's 288 for six at Derby. Matthew Wood (115) and England all-rounder Craig White (77) gave Dawson more than enough to bowl at, Yorkshire winning by 131 runs.

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