Phil Mustard scores runs quickly

It’s often said that Philip Mustard is a headline writer’s dream. He’s a nicknamer’s dream as well. The Durham players call him ‘The Colonel’ for obvious reasons.

With so many options at our disposal however, it would be lazy of us to use someone else’s creation. That’s why, after an hour of thinking, we’ve come up with a masterpiece. A nickname of such sophistication that you’ll all wish you’d thought of it first.

Mustardo has been catching the eye a bit this season. England are always on the lookout for a wicketkeeper who can bat and particularly one who can open the batting in one-day internationals.

So far this season, Mustardo’s hit a hundred and three fifties in the Friends Provident Trophy, averaging 43.5 and a further three fifties in the Pro40 league where he’s averaging 55.6. He’s scored these runs at a ferocious rate, which has what’s caught the eye the most.

Mustardo made his biggest mark in the final of the Friends Provident Trophy a week ago, hitting 49 off 38 balls and he’s keeping himself in the public eye (ooh, mustard in the eye) following a rambunctious 78 off only 40 balls against Leicestershire yesterday.

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5 Appeals

  1. And he’s put in another good perfomance today scoring 66 not out from 31 balls (11×4’s 2×6’s, strike rate of 212.9)

  2. To quickly ‘follow on’, here’s his stats (courtesy of cricinfo.com) in the pro40 this season.

    P Mustard
    Innings 6
    Not out 1
    Runs 344
    High Score 84
    Average 68.80
    Balls Faced 214
    Strike Rate 160.74
    100’s 0
    50’s 4
    4’s 49
    6’s 7

    To be averaging nearly 70 with a strike rate of 160 is pretty amazing (and he’s by far the highest runscorer in either division, to go with being the highest runscorer in the FP trophy)

  3. King Cricket

    August 27, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks for that. We just logged in to write an update on that very topic.

    Saved us effort.

    Saving us effort will always get you on our good side.

  4. I don’t like it, I prefer The Colonel.

  5. mustardo…. sounds like a super villain from a forgotten batman comic, i imagine him flying above everyone wearing a dirty yellow cape and a mildly demented look on his face shouting hurrah. before succumbing to a clever robin ‘biff’.

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