Lynn leads Northamptonshire to blast win

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A fine knock of 61 from Chris Lynn has guided Northamptonshire to a four-wicket victory over Durham in their Vitality Blast clash.

Steelbacks spinners Graeme White and Josh Cobb combined for 5-38 from their eight overs, limiting Durham to 8-154 in their innings, with White sending down a miserly spell of 3-14.

Graham Clark top-scored with 44 for the hosts, but their total appeared to be under-par and was proven to be the case as Lynn took command of the contest.

The Australian set the tone from the off for the visitors and his innings of 61 from 47 balls provided a platform for the rest of the line-up to bat around.

There was late drama amid a fine spell of bowling from Durham's Aussie Andrew Tye, who claimed 3-28, but the visitors held their composure to get over the line with three balls to spare to register their third win of the campaign.

Durham opted to bat first on a used pitch in gloomy conditions at Chester-le-Street, but could only muster 41 runs from their first six overs.

They counterattacked towards the end of the innings as Ned Eckersley and Liam Trevaskis scored 19 apiece, propelling the hosts to a score of 154.

Lynn made his intent clear from the third ball of Northamptonshire's innings as he advanced on Paul Coughlin before dispatching a brilliant strike over cover for a maximum.

Tye's introduction into the attack brought about the dismissal of Ben Curran for 16 from 11, but Lynn and Cobb kept the scoreboard moving, guiding the visitors to 1-49 at the end of the powerplay.

Tye pegged back the Steelbacks by removing Cobb, but Lynn ensured that his team was ahead of the rate, scoring timely boundaries. The Aussie reached his fifty from 42 balls and continued his assault, launching Ben Raine over the long-on boundary.

Lynn lined up Scott Borthwick for the same treatment, but missed a straight one to lose his middle stump for 61.

Late wickets almost brought Durham back into the contest as Tye bowled a brilliant penultimate over to James Neesham.

But Tom Taylor secured the win for the away side with a scoop off Raine to guide his team to a vital win on the road.

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