Durham Cricket Club fall to Somerset in Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-final

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DURHAM are real danger of becoming this season’s nearly-men after a crushing defeat against Somerset in the semi-finals of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.

On the face of it, the hosts’ 39-run victory under the Duckworth-Lewis system at Taunton yesterday doesn’t seem that damning.

But the Dynamos were outplayed and outfought throughout the encounter.

Skipper Dale Benkenstein admitted afterwards that his side had come up well short, but felt their hectic schedule – Durham have been on the road since last Saturday – may have taken its toll.

He said: “It was a ridiculous schedule.

“Having looked at the guys I think they wanted to be up for it, but there was probably only a little bit of petrol in the tank.

“We could have changed things, but the players we brought in would be more or less making their debuts and you want to stick with the guys who have been winning you games.

“They all wanted to play, but sometimes I think the mind is willing, but the body isn’t.”

Read Gary Foster’s full match report and reaction in today’s Sportmail.