Our prediction is Durham will win the match!
Durham is having a fairly good season with three wins from four completed matches and their loss came against Worcestershire in a rain truncated game. Skipper Cameron Bancroft, Alex Rees and Michael Richardson are amongst the leading run scorers for the team. Almost every batsman in the top six have at least a single score of 50+ this season and are looking in good form.
Their bowling has been their biggest strength and has bowled out opposition teams for 270, 233 & 244 in the three matches in which full 50 overs was bowled. Bydan Caryse, Matty Pottys and Matt Salisbery are amongst the wickets and form a lead bowling combination. Three of them have combined to take 24 of the total 33 wickets taken by the team so far. Ben Raine, Gareth Harte and Liam Trevaskis complete the rest of the bowling line-up and have played as a perfect support system to the main bowlers.
Derbyshire has two wins, one tie and one loss out of their four completed matches. Their last match against Yorkshire ended as tie after both teams were equal on DL score and it was one of exciting matches played this season. Skipper Billy Godleman is scoring runs Bradman-esque with three centuries in a row. Every other batsman in top 5 has made their impact with at least one of them scoring 50s in every match.
Their batting looks in good stead and are scoring runs consistently. Bowling is bit of concern for the team and they have given almost 300 runs in last three matches. In fact last match, Yorkshire piled up 308 runs in just 40 overs for the loss of two wickets. Ravi Rampaul and Mathew Critchley were the only bowlers successful to certain extent last match with almost identical figures of 1/46 & 1/48 respectively. They have taken just 14 wickets in last three matches with no bowler taking more than 3 wickets in a match.
Alex Rees – Alex Rees has scored two back to back fifty plus scores of 78 & 52 in last two matches. His batting at No. 3 strengthens the middle order and will not expose them to brand new ball in power plays.
Brydon Carse – Brydon Carse has taken 9 wickets so far with at least a wicket in each innings he has bowled so far. In fact he has never been taken for runs over 6 RPO this season. He is making a big statement this year with the ball.
Stats from the recent matches
Cameron Bancroft – 292 runs, Avg. – 146, HS-151*, 100s-2
Matt Salisbery – 9 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 20.8, Economy – 5.5 RPO, BB – 4/62
Graham Clark, Scott Steel, Alex Lees, Cameron Bancroft (c & wk), Gareth Harte, Jack Burnham, Brydon Carse, Liam Trevaskis, Ben Raine, Matty Potts, Matt Salisbury
Billy Godleman – Godleman is negating the law of averages and scoring runs at a rate of knots. Have a look at his batting numbers in four outings this season 107*, 106, 119 & 87 respectively.
Ravi Rampaul – Rampaul is an excellent swing bowler with a lot of experience. He would love to bowl with the new ball in overcast conditions. Look out for his beaming inswingers and out swingers early in the match.
Stats from the recent matches
Billy Godleman – 416 runs, Avg. – 138.7, HS-116, 50s-1, 100s-3
Alex Hughes – 6 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 34.2, Economy – 7.1 RPO, BB – 4/44
Billy Godleman (c), Wayne Madsen, Ravi Rampaul, Alex Hughes, Luis Reece, Anuj Dal, Samuel Conners, Harvey Hosein (wk), Matthew Critchley, Leus du Plooy, Tom Lace, Alfie Gleadall
Riverside pitch is a good batting pitch where we can see high scores in range of 300 runs. But it also has something for bowlers and Durham bowlers have taken 19 out of 20 wickets here. Average score will be around 280-300 mark and it is not a 350-400 run pitch by any means. The English weather does not seem promising and but the match day has fairly good weather with only 10% possibility of rain.
Teams won the toss here have lost both the times here and it says toss is not a big concern here and the pitch remains the same for the entire match duration. With rain threat looming, teams would like bat second and have an eye on DL par score.
Both the teams are batting heavy teams and their respective skippers have notched up multiple centuries this season. Durham has the home advantage and as their bowlers are in good rhythm compared to the Derbyshire bowlers. So we expect them to win this match.
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