PHIL Mustard suffered a double disappointment in his winter of Twenty20 cricket yesterday.
The former Durham captain made his debut in this season’s Bangladesh Premier League for Barisal Burners.
Although he made 22 from 24 balls, he was unable to stop the 2012 runners-up falling to defeat against Sylhet Royals in Mirpur.
After losing the toss, the Royals posted 175.
Mustard was opening and keeping wicket for Barisal, who he played for in last season’s competition.
Scoring just three boundaries in an unusually measured Twenty20 knock, the left-hander had taken on the job of anchoring the innings after the loss of captain and opening partner Alok Kapali in only the second over.
Once Mustard was fifth man out with the innings not yet at its halfway stage and more than 100 still needed, the result seemed in little doubt.
A 21-ball half century from Hampshire’s Kabir Ali took the Burners to a respectable score but they fell well short, losing by 33 runs.
Mustard could have a new opening partner in time for tomorrow’s (SUN) match against Khulna Royal Bengals after Barisal signed Middlesex top-order batsman Joe Denly. Denly flew from Heathrow after Pakistan’s refusal to allow its 26 players to take part in the BPL led to a rash of new signings.
Mustard has also not long arrived in Bangladesh, having started the week with his other overseas Twenty20 side, Auckland Aces.
It meant he missed yesterday’s HRV Cup semi-final against Wellington Firebrands, which the holders lost.
Mustard’s replacement, Australian one-day international Aaron Finch, top-scored with 44 from 30 balls for the Aces.
However, they still fell 24 runs short of the 183 they needed to reach tomorrow’s final.