Gibbs still one of the best hired guns in T20

2012-07-03 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Still one of the finest hired guns in T20 cricket, aged a ripe old 38.

That is the status of former Proteas favourite Herschelle Gibbs, whose current stint on the booming world T20 circuit is with Durham in county cricket’s Friends Life T20 competition.

On Sunday Gibbs and opening partner Phil Mustard made light work of chasing down a modest target after defending champions Leicestershire were restricted to 114 for seven.

Mustard made 51 and Gibbs an unbeaten 49 off 34 balls (five fours, two sixes) as Durham — captained by fellow South African Dale Benkenstein — romped home by nine wickets in only 13.1 overs at their home base of Chester-le-Street.

Gibbs is joint top of the runs-scoring list in the competition with Australian left-hander Phil Hughes of Worcestershire, and has been especially prolific at Chester-le-Street. His previous two knocks there are 83 not out against Derbyshire and 76 against Yorkshire.

The only Leicestershire bowler to command any respect in the chase was Gibbs’s former Cape Cobras and South Africa team-mate, Claude Henderson, the 40-year-old left-arm spinner, who conceded only 18 in his full four-over spell.

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