Bairstow hits ton as Yorkshire run riot in T20

Centurion Jonny Bairstow
Centurion Jonny Bairstow
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Jonny Bairstow thrashed the first Twenty20 century at Chester-le-Street off only 58 balls as Yorkshire beat Durham by 49 runs in their NatWest T20 Blast clash.

In front of a crowd of 6,747, Bairstow hit six sixes and his second 50 came off 18 balls as the last eight overs produced 102 runs to take Yorkshire to 186-8.

The target seemed to induce panic in Durham as four of the top six mustered one between them.

It was left to the strapping Australian, John Hastings, to spare their blushes as he followed up his 3-20 by hammering a 25-ball half-century.

After hitting four sixes he was bowled by Ryan Sidebottom for 62 in the 19th over and Durham were all out for 137 with two balls unused.

Elsewhere, Andrew Flintoff took three wickets as Lancashire clinched their place in the quarter-finals of the with victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The 36-year-old former England star claimed 3-26 in the second match of his comeback.

Steven Croft also took three wickets and three catches as Lancashire successfully defended their total of 151-7 to secure their eighth victory of the Twenty20 campaign.