Durham Jets were in danger of slipping to a second defeat on the bounce in the Vitality Blast in their contest against Lancashire Lightning before Liam Trevaskis turned the game on its head.

The Lightning needed only six runs off the final over to see off Durham at Old Trafford. But skipper Tom Latham turned to the 19-year-old left-arm spinner to bowl the six crucial deliveries after Nathan Rimmington had been dispatched for 13 in the previous over.

Trevaskis held his composure to bowl the over of his life.

First he removed James Faulkner before having Danny Lamb stumped. Matthew Parkinson’s big swing resulted in his dismissal when Will Smith made a catch inside the rope. The over ended with Toby Lester scoring a single – the only run to come from the six balls.

The Jets used the momentum from their narrow win at Old Trafford to defeat the Leicestershire Foxes on home soil, moving within touching distance of a place in the last eight of the competition ahead of this evening’s game at Northampton.

Trevaskis said: “I had a few nerves, but it helped that I had the three overs beforehand. It wasn’t like I had been taken off for a few overs - that was a good thing from my respect. I thought I would back myself and drag my length back from the last few overs.

“Thankfully it worked. With it being only six runs it could have gone either way, it could have been finished in one ball. It’s always nice for the lads to be backed. I’d like to get more runs than I have been. Bowling wise I’ve been happy with the last two games.”

The signing of Imran Tahir was pivotal in Durham’s impressive form before his departure to play in the Caribbean Premier League. However, the club are still feeling the effects of his presence, after he passed on his knowledge to Trevaskis and fledgling leg-spinner Ben Whitehead, who has also impressed.

Trevaskis added: “I learned a lot. He did spent a bit more time with Ben because of him being a leg-spinner. It wasn’t anything in particular. When we were playing against Birmingham he explained why he bowled that certain way in the game. He said if he got that batsman out then the game was over - so he risked a few deliveries.

“He knows the game, T20’s a risk/reward format and he understands that more than most. It’s always nice having players like him around, and with Collingwood and Latham they have years of experience. It’s always good to have them to talk to. Obviously on the pitch they’re cool, calm heads.”

Trevaskis is targeting a strong end to the 2018 campaign not only in the Vitality Blast. The 19-year-old was named in Durham’s squad for their game with Derbyshire earlier in the term, although he did not feature.

However, he’s hopeful that his performances in the T20s along with the second team will be enough to see him selected for the remaining six first-class matches.

He said: “The County Championship games are something that I’d like to push for. I’ve performed consistently this year in the second team, but have not quite got the biggest scores that I’ve wanted to get. Hopefully I can keep my form going and push for a place.”