Man of the Match: Graham Clark
Vitality Blast T20: Deflated Durham and slippery Yorks battle in a race against time
Yorkshire better placed to win the fixture
Placed at the bottom of the table, Durham’s hopes are fast fading unless they can manage a dramatic turnaround and they need it right here, right now. Pitted against them are the Yorks who have been decent, more so considering the fact that they are missing several of their key players to national duties. A no-result against the Leicestershire wouldn’t have been preferred and the Yorks won’t want to share too many points if they are eyeing a semifinal finish.
Joe Root’s form has been the biggest plus for them and their batting actually looks in tremendous touch. Not so much the bowling and this is one aspect Durham will need to target if they are to come out on top in this fixture. Given the batting-friendly conditions that prevail at Riverside generally, we could see both the batting units unleashing mayhem.
Their batting needs to step up, and perhaps the surface in this game could help them do that. The top-order doesn’t have explosive names in there but the blokes are certainly gifted, and it’s now or never for the team to make a statement.
A lot will depend on Graham Clarke who is arguably their best batsman with David Bedingham being the other reliable man in the batting department. But the two can’t deliver all the time and while the duo will look to initiate the fightback, it’s crucial that the others also rally around them.
Brydon Carse’s powerhitting form has been a huge bonus for the side and their finishing ability looks bright, and it’s about whether the batsmen above them can provide the platform for that launch. The bowling has had issues too, much like the batting and it’s not a surprise that Durham are last on the points table. They would need a collective improvement in all departments to stage a recovery and in this game, the bowling has to be on its mark or else they could be in for a serious hammering from the Yorks batting.
A Lees, S Steel, G Clarke, D Bedingham, S Dickson, S Poynter(wk), B Carse, P Coughlin, L Trevaskis, M Potts, N Rimmington(c)
Matthew Potts, Brydon Carse, Scott Steel, Paul Coughlin, Farhaan Behardien, Alex Lees, Nathan Rimmington, Ben Raine, Graham Clark, Liam Trevaskis, David Bedingham
They haven’t been bad so far and have been hurt more by the rain than their oppositions. Still, Yorkshire will look to improve, especially with their finishing in the batting department. It cost them badly against the Notts, where they floundered a potential 210-plus total to end up with 190 and it hurt them big in the end.
The top order is in red-hot form with Adam Lyth and Joe Root in ominous touch, and the latter might just be available for another couple of games. Skipper Tom Kohler-Cadmore is yet to find his range but a player of his class is never far away from the sizeable score. The bowling relies a lot on all-rounders and in terms of firepower, it is definitely a bit bare.
However, they are a bit more experienced than their opponents in this fixture and that could be vital, given the possible pitch conditions expected. It’s definitely going to be a run-fest and while Yorkshire’s batsmen are likely to rule the roost, they will hope that their bowlers can hang in there.
A Lyth, T Kohler-Cadmore(c), J Root, H Brook, W Fraine, J Thompson, M Fisher, J Tattersall(wk), G Hill, M Pillans, J Poysden
Matthew Fisher, MW Pillans, Joe Root, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Will Fraine, David Willey, Jonathan Tattersall, Josh Poysden, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||13||0 mm.||3.96 k/h||From: WSW||4%|
|03h||12||0 mm.||3.95 k/h||From: WSW||31%|
|06h||11||0 mm.||5.19 k/h||From: WSW||64%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||6.41 k/h||From: WSW||99%|
|12h||16||0 mm.||7.27 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|15h||16||0 mm.||7.16 k/h||From: WSW||96%|
|18h||14||0.29 mm.||6.12 k/h||From: WSW||73%|
|21h||12||0 mm.||4.75 k/h||From: W||6%|
It’s expected to be a clear day in Chester-le-Street with a bit of sun expected at certain intervals. No rain is predicted and that could mean another run fest in the offing.
Pitches here have generally been extremely good for strokeplay and powerhitting. Bowlers need to be smarter in their variations if they are to survive.
Chester-le-Street has been a popular ground in limited-overs cricket due to the batting feast that is seen in almost all the games played at the venue. It’s also a very scenic location.
On extremely good batting decks, the modern day option is to chase and it makes sense, given that it could be hard to judge a defendable total while batting first.
Durham seem down on confidence and Yorkshire seem better suited to prevail in this fixture. We’re tipping the Yorks to come out on top in this game.
Yorkshire better placed to win the fixture