Mustard just fails in his bid for winter T20 double

Durham skipper Phil Mustard has suffered disappointment in his attempt to earn a second Twenty20 winner’s medal of the winter.

Although he made his best T20 score of 88 not out earlier in the Bangladesh Premier League series, he was on the losing side in the final of the competition.

After leading the Mountaineers to victory in Zimbabwe’s Stanbic Bank 20 competition by making 56 in the final against Mashonaland, Mustard was out for five in the BPL final, lbw to Saeed Ajmal, as Barisal Burners struggled to 140 for seven against Dhaka Gladiators. On their home ground in Mirpur, the Gladiators cruised home by eight wickets with 26 balls to spare.

Mustard averaged 37 from eight innings in the series, but secured a regular place in the Barisal team only after Chris Gayle suffered a groin injury in the fifth match. The West Indian was averaging 96 at the time.

The organisation of the inaugural BPL has come under fire, meanwhile, and it has been reported that players have not been receiving the money they were promised.

Meanwhile, Mustard’s Durham colleague, Paul Collingwood, will not be appearing in his second T20 final of the winter. After helping Perth Scorchers to the final of Australia’s Big Bash, he has found himself skippering a less illustrious line-up in South Africa’s domestic competition.

Based in Benoni, they are a new franchise named the Impi, which is a Zulu word meaning armed body of men, but they have lost their first five matches, with Collingwood making a top score of 42.

He has not been helped by an injury to Essex’s Ryan ten Doeschate, who has played in all the games but has yet to find form with the bat and has bowled only one over. Sussex’s Luke Wright was a late addition to the Impi squad, missing the first three games.

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