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Durham and Middlesex face-off in search of their first points
MIDDLESEX WILL WIN THE MATCH
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-street, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Royal London OD cup has been taking a slight backseat with international cricket and the Hundred overshadowing it currently. But, this is one of vital tournaments in the English domestic circuit where players showcase and hone their skills in the white ball format. Durham and Middlesex are not have a good start as both teams lost their respective opening encounters. Both teams will look to get their first points on board with a win in this match.
Durham were bowled out for 181 runs and they lost the match last night. Liam Trevaskis was fighting a lone battle with 55 runs in the middle order while other players kept losing their wickets. Tomas Macintosh (25 runs) and Graham Clark (20 runs) tried to build vital partnerships with cameos but failed to convert them into a big innings.
Their bowlers were given a tough task of defending a very low total in which they failed. Chris Rushworth picked the only wicket to fall while Oliver Gibson and Liam Trevaskis bowled economically under 6 RPO. Their bowling cannot be judged on the performance as it was a very low total.
Key players to bet on: Liam Trevaskis, Chris Rushworth, Alex Rees
Graham Clark, Alex Lees, Scott Borthwick (c), Nic Maddinson, Michael Jones, Liam Trevaskis, Luke Doneathy, Tomas Mackintosh (wk), Oliver Gibson, Stanley McAlindon, Chris Rushworth
Middlesex`s top-6 batters got starts and scored above 26 runs with only Skipper Steve Eskinazi (56 runs) and Pieter Malan (50 runs) making fifties. They put on a valiant fight in the chase scoring 344 runs in their 50 overs and will be eager to continue the same rhythm with the bat in this match too.
Their bowlers were taken to the cleaners as they leaked 359 run in their 20 overs. Luke Hollman was the pick of the bowlers with 3/43 in his 9 overs. Umesh Yadav, Ethan Bamber, and Pieter Malan bowled pretty decently under 6 RPO and chipped in with a wicket each. Wallanwita and Anderson gave away 150+ runs in their combined 15 overs.
Key players to bet on: Luke Hollman, Steve Eskinazi, Pieter Malan
Stephen Eskinazi (c), Mark Stoneman, Sam Robson, Pieter Malan, Max Holden, Joe Cracknell (wk), Luke Hollman, Martin Andersson, Umesh Yadav, Thilan Walallawita, Ethan Bamber
Chester-le-street will have a bright and sunny weather on the match day with just no chances of precipitation. We expect a full match with no weather interuptions.
Riverside pitch has been slightly dry with very little grass on it and ball might hold onto the surface slightly. Batters will struggle score freely until they are settled on this pitch. We expect the average scores to be around 260-280 runs on this pitch.
Teams will opt to chase down the total at this venue as they can pace their innings with the total on mind. The pitch might slow down considerably as the tournament progresses.
Middlesex`s batting line up has been good with their top-6 spending good time in the middle in the last game. Bowlers need to find their rhythm in the middle overs especially. Durham on the other hand has been struggling for consistency in their top order and middle order. Their bowling will need to play their role perfectly to complement their batting line-up in this match. We expect Middlesex to win this match owing to their consistency in batting.
MIDDLESEX WILL WIN THE MATCH
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