Our prediction is Durham will win the match!
Royal London ODI cup is up and running and with every team announcing their preliminary World cup squad, the named players are trying to get look into the English conditions.
Durham started their season in grand fashion winning the first match by 72 runs. Skipper Cameron Bancroft and Michael Richardson scored brilliant centuries and helped their team post a huge total of 342 runs. Scott Steel steadied their innings after losing 2 wickets in first two over’s and scored a responsible 68 runs with a good strike rate over 100.
Their bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals and bowled out the opposition inside 44 overs. Matt Potts and Matt Salisbery were excellent with the ball and captured 7 wickets between them. Liam Trevaskis and Brydon Chase bowled well in an economy of just over 6 in a batting friendly wicket. Ben Raine has been their weaker link in the bowling but is expected to get a longer time in the playing XI.
Leicestershire had a disastrous start to the tournament losing to Yorkshire by 213 runs. Batsmen succumbed to pressure of chasing a huge score of 380 runs. They had starts of 20-30 odd runs and were dismissed and finally ended up being all out for 166 runs. Mark Cosgrove top scored with 42 runs. No other batsmen scored more than 30 runs.
Their bowling was smashed for 379 runs and they were hopeless last match. Tom Taylor started the match well taking 3 wickets inside 5 over’s but that was their only moment in the last game. Almost all the bowlers went for high runs and had economy rate of over 6 RPO. Gavin Grifith and Will Davis were taken for over 9 RPO and they were unable to complete their quota of 10 overs. Altogether, they had a disastrous outing in the first game and ended losing by a big margin.
Cameron Bancroft – Bancroft came in when their team was 7/2 in two over’s and batted throughout the innings and ended up with 151 runs unbeaten. Bancroft was severe on the bowlers towards the end and helped his team post a huge total of 342 runs.
Matt Salisbery – He captured three wickets at the top and restricted the opposition to 60/3 in the first 10 overs, His ability to get the wickets at top will derail the opposition`s batting. He ended up with match figures of 10-0-51-3.
Stats from the recent matches:
Cameron Bancroft – 151* runs, 130 balls, 8X4s, 5X6s
Matty Potts – bowling figures of 10-0-62-4
Graham Clark, Scott Steel, Alex Lees, Cameron Bancroft (c & wk), Michael Richardson, Jack Burnham, Brydon Carse, Liam Trevaskis, Ben Raine, Matty Potts, Matt Salisbury
Mark Cosgrove – Mark Cosgrove would have liked to play a big knock in the first match but he succumbed to the pressure of high required run rate. He ended up with just 42 runs off his 33 balls. We can expect a big knock from him this match.
Arron Lilley – Arron lilley was able to end his quota of 10 overs by giving away just 59 runs and had a start of 26 runs last match. He had a pretty average outing first match and will be looking to prove his mettle this match.
Stats from the recent matches:
Mark Cosgrove– 42 runs, 33 balls, 6X4s
Tom Taylor – 8 bowling figures of 10-0-57-3
Paul Horton (c), Colin Ackermann, Aadil Ali, Mark Cosgrove, Harry Dearden, Lewis Hill (wk), Arron Lilley, Gavin Griffiths, Tom Taylor, Chris Wright, Will Davis
Chester-le-Street pitch is a batting paradise and teams are scoring over 300 runs consistently here. Over 600 runs were scored here last match in just 94 overs. Bowlers will have tough time here and batsmen are expected to go in full swing right from start. Any target of over 350 is only tough to chase. The match day is supposed to be overcast and it may help new ball bowlers to swing the ball.
Teams are chasing down target easily in Chester-le-Street are dew factor may come into play during the second innings. Despite the loss, chasing team scored over 270 runs in just 44 overs ending up all-out. Both teams will look to chase the target.
Durham is high on confidence after their win the first match and they have home conditions to their advantage. Leicestershire suffered a morale crushing defeat and they were out of contention for almost the entire match. So we expect Durham to win the match in their home ground.
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