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Durham vs Essex, Royal London One-Day Cup, Today Match Prediction

Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

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Durham and Essex in a race to the top of the table

  • Durham are second in points table with 7 points from 5 matches with 3 wins, a loss and an abandoned match till now.
  • Essex top the table with 8 points from 5 matches with 4 wins and a loss so far.
  • Essex are in a 3-match winning streak against Durham in Royal London One-day Cup.

Durham will win the match and top the table

Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester | Toss: To Bat

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Royal London One-Day Cup is missing the spotlight with India-England Tests and The Hundred taking most of the limelight. But that does not take away anything from the quality of cricket played with a lot of young players showcasing their talents to catch the eye of selectors. Durham and Essex have dominated the Group A and are currently placed in the top2 positions. The winner of this match will go to the top of the table and can move one step closer of qualification.

Durham Preview

Gloucestershire top order struggled against the opposition bowling and they were reduced to 63/3 in the 14th over. Alex Rees (59 runs) and David Bedingham (60 runs) took the rearguard action with their 78-run partnership. Sean Dickson (103 runs) and Luke Doneathy (69 runs) shifted gears with their 156-run partnership to take them to massive 327 runs.

Their bowling unit kept pegging away with wickets and never gave easy runs as they bowled out the opposition for 240 runs. Luke Doneathy took 4 wickets while Matt Salisbury and Paul van Meekaran chipped in with 2 wickets each. Scott Borthwick and Chris Rushforth contributed with a wicket each in the match.

Top players to bet on:

Sean Dickson – Dickson was phenomenal with the bat and provided the perfect finish for his team scoring 103 runs off 76 balls with 9 boundaries and 5 sixes. We expect him to continue his attacking form in this match too.

Luke Doneathy – Doneathy had an all-round performance with 69 balls off 53 balls and bowling figures of 6.3-0-36-4 in the match. He can be perfect all-rounder for the tam in the lower order batting and middle over bowling.

Durham Predicted Playing XI:

Graham Clark, Alex Lees, Scott Borthwick (c), David Bedingham, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Sean Dickson, Liam Trevaskis, Luke Doneathy, Matt Salisbury, Paul van Meekeren, Chris Rushworth

Essex Preview

Essex had a roller-coaster ride in the last game to win a thrilling last ball finish. Tom Westley (71 runs) and Josh Rymell (30 runs) played good knocks but other players failed to provide support and they were struggling at 153/8 with more than 50 runs needed. Aron Nijar (32 runs) and Shane Snater (21 runs) took their team across the line with 53-run partnership hitting a 4 of the last ball.

Shane Snater was phenomenal with the ball last night claiming 4 wickets. Simon harmer and Ten Doeschate dictated the proceedings in middle overs with combined figures of 20-3-56-3 while Ben Allison and Aron Nijjar chipped in with a wicket each.

Top players to bet on:

Shane Snater – Shane Snater had an all-round match with bowling figures of 10-0-48-4 and then 21 runs off 20 balls at No.10. He hit a boundary when 2 runs were needed of the last ball to help his team win.  

Tom Westley – Westley scored 71 runs off 90 balls with 6 boundaries to his name. He kept scoring runs at one end with wickets falling consistently at the other end.

Essex Predicted Playing XI:

William Buttleman, Sir Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (c), Michael-Kyle Pepper, Josh Rymell, Ryan ten Doeschate, Adam Wheater (wk), Simon Harmer, Aron Nijjar, Shane Snater, Ben Allison

W. speed
W. direction
0.48 mm.
4.55 k/h
From: SW
0.36 mm.
5.3 k/h
From: SSW
1.91 mm.
4.5 k/h
From: WSW
2.37 mm.
5.11 k/h
From: WSW
1.94 mm.
5.72 k/h
From: WSW
0.80 mm.
5.71 k/h
From: WSW
0.21 mm.
4.19 k/h
From: W
0.19 mm.
2.19 k/h
From: SW

Weather Conditions

Manchester weather looks dark and cloudy with just 70% chances of rain as per the forecasters. We expect rain to make an appearance in this game.

Venue Details

Manchester has a good balance between the bat and ball with bowlers enjoying some purchase of the surface. We expect the average scores in this match to be around 250-270 runs.

Toss: To Bat

The pitch might slow down as the match progresses and both teams will look to bat first. Both teams play their first match at this venue.

Durham dominated the last game and outclassed the opposition in all facets of the game to win comfortably by 87 runs. They have a strong batting and bowling line-up to complement each other. Essex came back from a tough situation to win the match by 2 wickets with their bowlers standing up with the bat. These are the kind of the wins that will boost the team`s morale and we expect a cracking contest between two of the best teams. We expect Durham to win this match owing to their all-around excellence.

Durham will win the match and top the table


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Author: Dhinesh Kumar