Return to the prime: Cameron Bancroft hits 151 in Durham One-day debut
Cameron Bancroft scored his inaugural century for Durham to open their Royal London One-Day Cup journey with a 72-run win over Northamptonshire at Emirates Riverside.
Returning from suspension for his involvement in ball-tampering saga, the Australian blasted an unbeaten 151 from 130 deliveries, plundered five sixes and eight fours in a 188-minute stay at the crease in sharing a record breaking fourth wicket stand with Michael Richardson to set Northants a daunting target of 343.
He and Michael Richardson who also notched up a ton, put on 208 for the fourth-wicket.
Durham’s day started poorly when Ben Sanderson dismissed Graham Clark and Alex Lees in the second over. But Cameron Bancroft took the authority to dominate Northamptonshire bowlers with his power down the ground, blasting three sixes at the beginning of his partnership with Richardson.
Durham appointed 26 year old Bancroft to lead the side, pulled much controversies; but he thus repaid the county’s faith on him.
“Hopefully (I’m winning the crowd over). I’m just going out there to enjoy my cricket and to enjoy playing for Durham. Hopefully, making some runs and if that’s going to win them over, fantastic,” he said.
“Winning always creates a nice feeling,” Bancroft told the Northern Echo.
“The guys have been working hard so it’s nice to start this tournament really well and personally it was nice to get some runs.”
Royal London One-Day Cup, Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street
Durham 342-5 (50 overs): Bancroft 151*, Richardson 102, S Steel 68; Holder 2-72
Northamptonshire 270 all out (43.5 overs): Holder 86, Wakely 66; Potts 4-62
Cameron Bancroft’s List A career at Durham:
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