Burns' best too much for Durham
Leicestershire 176 for 5 (Burns 81*, Smith 67) beat Durham 165 (Mustard 69, Ireland 4-22) by 11 runs
Joe Burns hit a career best 81 and Anthony Ireland claimed four wickets as Leicestershire snatched a dramatic 11-run victory against Durham in the Friends Life t20 at Grace Road.
Australian Burns hit four sixes and six fours in his 52-ball innings and with Greg Smith hammering 67 off 45 balls Leicestershire posted 176 for 5 after being put in to bat.
A brilliant 69 from Phil Mustard put Durham in with a chance of victory until they suddenly lost four wickets in seven balls without scoring a run, and were bowled out for 165 in 19.5 overs
Ireland started the collapse by having Ben Stokes caught at deep midwicket by Matt Boyce for 35 off 21 balls. That ended a stand of 79 for the fourth wicket with Mustard, who was then out to Ireland's next ball in identical fashion.
It had been a typical Mustard innings, full of power hitting that brought him 50 off 39 balls. He faced 50 balls for his 69 that included eight fours and two sixes.
His departure left Durham at 130 for 5 and two more wickets went at the same score in the next over from Shiv Thakor. Michael Richardson was smartly run out by the bowler and with his next ball Thakor trapped Ryan Pringle lbw.
It was an astonishing turnaround and, despite some big hitting at the end from Gareth Breese, the Dynamos were left with too much to do to win. They needed 18 runs off the last three balls, and although Breese hit one six Ireland's next delivery shattered his stumps. Breese made 29 off 12 balls and Ireland finished with a competition best return of 4 for 22.
Smith, who was only in the side because Niall O'Brien was on international duty for Ireland, shared a second wicket stand of 81 in eight overs with Burns, hitting 11 fours and a six in what was only his ninth t20 game.
It was Leicestershire's first win in the competition this season, and puts them back in the mix in the battle for a place in the quarter finals.