Durham's Cumbrian batsman Graham Clark struck a half-century to help lead his team to an eight-wicket T20 success over Paul Nixon’s Leicestershire.

Clark, from Cleator, and opening partner D’Arcy Short made light work of chasing down Leicestershire’s total of 142/7 from their 20 overs.

The duo put on 118 for the opening stand as Whitehaven-born Clark (59 not out), the brother of Surrey all-rounder Jordan, and Australian Short (70) did most of the damage.

Short was bowled by Callum Parkinson, who also got the wicket of Ben Raine on Wednesday, but that simply meant Alex Lees (seven not out) came in to help Clark guide Durham home.

Earlier, captain Colin Ackermann had led the Leicestershire innings with 52. He was supported by Harry Swindells (29) and Harry Dearden (13).

Short also led the way with the ball for Durham as he ended with figures of 2/23 from his four overs, while Cumbrian Liam Trevaskis (1-24), Matthew Potts (1-21), Brydon Carse (1-24) and Nathan Rimmington (1-31) got among the wickets, too.

On his Instagram account, former Penrith Cricket Club man Trevaskis wrote: “Awesome win for @durhamcricket.

“Top striking from @shortyjnr23 and @grahamclark16, on to Friday.”

Durham play Lancashire Lightning in their latest T20 this evening (6.30pm start).