Can Durham go closer to qualification against rejuvenated Lancashire?
Our Prediction is Lancashire to win this match!
Durham has been one of the best teams in the tournament with 4 wins in their 5 matches. Their only loss came in a rain-truncated match where the DL method played a big part in the result. Mathew Richardson scored a brilliant 72* to guide his team in a tricky chase of 260 last match. Skipper Bancroft, Mathew Richardson, and Jack Burham made vital contributions and built partnerships. Their bowling unit restricted the opposition line-up to scores around 250 runs in two back-to-back matches. They have contributions from all the bowlers with 5-6 wicket takers in each match. Brydon Chase and Mathew Salisbury are the chief wicket-takers for the team with 10 & 7 wickets respectively. Ben Raine and Lewis Trevaskis provide good support to the attack and taking important wickets in middle overs. Durham has a well-rounded attack with batting and bowling attacks both in prime form.
Lancashire is having an excellent turnaround with a hat-trick of wins after two losses in their first two games. They bowled out the opposition 4 times out of the five matches played so far. Steven Croft, Keaton Jennings, and Hasan Hameed are amongst the top run scorers of the team. Skipper Dane Vilas scored a mighty 16 runs in their match against Nottinghamshire and has no other telling contribution this season. Their bowlers bowled out Leicestershire for a paltry 80 runs and killed the match in the single innings itself. Saqib Mahmood has been their best bowler and has taken 18 wickets so far. Mathew Parkinson, Liam Jones, and Glenn Maxwell have chipped in wickets whenever required. Their bowling unit has made the job of batting unit very easier in last two outings.
Alex Rees – Alex Rees has three 50+ scores in a row and is looking in great touch. He will look to cross the three-figure mark this match and look to help his team post or chase a total with ease.
Ben Raine – Raine is having a good tournament with 5 wickets at an economy rate of less than 5 RPO. His batting prowess was not needed with top order scoring runs at a good rate and consistently in all matches. He is a mighty effective player with both the bat and ball.
Stats from the recent matches:
Cameron Bancroft – 292 runs, Avg. – 146, HS-151*, 100s-2
Matt Salisbury – 9 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 15, Economy – 5.5 RPO, BB – 6/37
Graham Clark, Scott Steel, Alex Lees, Cameron Bancroft (c & wk), Michael Richardson, Jack Burnham, Brydon Carse, Liam Trevaskis, Ben Raine, James Weighell, Matt Salisbury
Haseeb Hameed – Haseeb Hameed is looking in good form in last two matches with scores of 65 & 29*. He is a classy batsman with proper cricketing shots all around the park. His form at the top will be a vital factor in Lancashire`s batting.
Saqib Mahmood – Mahmood has back to back five-wicket hauls of 5/14 and 6/37 in last two matches. His bowling spells have reduced the opposition team to meager totals and gained an upper hand for his team.
Stats from the recent matches:
Steve Croft – 276 runs, Avg. – 138, HS-110, 50s-1, 100s-1
Saqib Mahmood – 18 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 15, Economy – 5.5 RPO, BB – 6/37
Keaton Jennings, Haseeb Hameed, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (c & wk), Rob Jones, Josh Bohannon, Liam Hurt, Saqib Mahmood, James Anderson, Matthew Parkinson
Gosforth pitch has been unused this season and both teams will be having a close look at the 22-yard strip. This pitch has traditionally favored bowlers more than the batsmen and we can expect an average score of 250 runs in this match. The weather looks good with clear skies for match day and rains are expected later in the week.
Teams are unsure of the predicted first innings total as this is the first match here for both line-ups this season. They will look to choose a safer option to chase down the total set by the other team.
Lancashire team is on a roll and they have a bowling attack that is firing on all cylinders. Durham is also the in-form team and it is not easy to beat them here. This will be a contest of high voltage and due to the superior bowling attack, we predict Lancashire to win this match.
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