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Hastings helps Jets soar

Durham claimed their first NatWest T20 Blast win in the month of June in impressive fashion, thrashing Derbyshire by eight wickets at the Emirates Durham ICG.

John Hastings claimed 4-26 as the hosts bowled out their opponents for 125, a total the Jets flew by in a hurry thanks to some big hitting from Phil Mustard and Ben Stokes.

Mustard made a 24-ball half-century before Stokes rushed Durham over the finishing line, the England all-rounder hitting back-to-back sixes to see them to victory with 40 balls to spare.

The left-hander finished up with 49 not out from 26 deliveries, completing a fine all-round match after earlier claiming 2-20 with the ball.

However it was overseas recruit Hastings who put Durham in complete charge with a fine spell that saw him bowl his four overs straight through.

The Australian seamer trapped Wes Durston lbw for eight with his third ball, then had wicketkeeper Gareth Cross caught by Paul Collingwood to end his second over. Chesney Hughes became his third wicket when the opener was bowled for 30 having hit four boundaries and a six.

Not content there, Hastings dismissed compatriot Marcus North for two with his final delivery, Collingwood taking his second catch at backward point, to leave Derbyshire struggling at 57-4.

Collingwood was immediately back in the thick of the action when he trapped Wayne Madsen lbw for eight with the very next ball of the match, while Scott Elstone failed to trouble the scorers before being bowled by Stokes.

Tony Palladino and David Wainwright managed seven and two runs respectively, leaving it to debutant Greg Cork - son of former England seamer Dominic - and fellow youngster Alex Hughes to try and drag Derbyshire out of trouble.

The pair put on 32 for the ninth wicket, Hughes doing the majority of the scoring as he finished up on 43 not out, but despite their efforts the Falcons never looked to have enough runs on the board.

That soon proved to be the case as Mustard made sure Durham's run chase suffered no early hiccups, dominating an opening stand of 68 with his skipper, Mark Stoneman (11).

The wicketkeeper-batsman hit five successive boundaries in one Mark Turner over before then falling to the last delivery, bowled for 54 looking to find the rope for a 12th time. He also managed one six in his entertaining knock.

Although Stoneman was bowled in the next over by Durston, the second wicket simply allowed Stokes to come out and continue the onslaught. He ended the rather one-sided contest in emphatic style, taking left-arm spinner Wainwright the distance twice in a row.