Will Yorkshire continue to dominate over Durham in this opening fixture for both teams this season?
We predict that Durham will defeat Yorkshire.
Durham will face Yorkshire in the Vitality Blast T20 cup on 11th June for the first match of both the teams at Riverside Ground. Both teams had a season to forget last year and they will try to start fresh this year with a win on 11th June. Durham ranked 4th with 9 points in the north group last year as they won 4 games out of 10 they played. On the other hand, Yorkshire won 3 games from 10 matches to finish at 5th place in the same group with 8 points. Yorkshire have records favouring them against Durham, but Durham will be looking forward to changing that soon when they play in this fixture of the north group at Riverside Ground.
Durham finished just above Yorkshire in 4th place with 4 wins out of 10 matches. It's been 4 years now that they had made their appearance in the final for the last time and finished their campaign as a runner-up in 2016. The team has a good pace attack this season also. Both Paul Coughlin and Matty Potts are looking in good form this year and will try to continue their past form of the season. Both bowlers managed to take 13 wickets each from 10 matches of last season. While in the batting unit, Alex Lees will take the lead this season.
Alex Lees finished last season by scoring 365 runs from 10 matches at an average of 52.14. They defeated Yorkshire in the last match of the previous season with the help of Paul Coughlin’s spell of 3 wickets for 22 runs and Matty Potts’ 3 wickets for 14 runs only. The overall team is looking good in the bowling department and the only issue they will face this season is their middle-order batting. With an inexperienced middle-order batting lineup, they will try to control things in this upcoming fixture of the North Group group against Yorkshire on 11th June.
Key players: Alex Lees, Paul Coughlin, Graham Clark, Matty Potts
Nathan Rimmington(c), Graham Clark, Ben Raine, Alex Lees, David Bedingham(wk), Farhaan Behardien, Liam Trevaskis, Brydon Carse, Scott Steel, Paul Coughlin, Matty Potts
Brydon Carse, Scott Borthwick, Cameron Bancroft, Paul Coughlin, Ned Eckersley, Matty Pots, Ben Raine, Graham Clark, Liam Trevaskis, David Bedingham, Sean Dickson
Yorkshire had a bad season last year and they managed to finish 5th in the North Group by winning just 3 games from 10 matches. This year they will try to clinch a victory over Durham to start their campaign on a winning note. Overall, the team had a good record against Durham as they have won 3 out of the last 5 games against them but in the previous match against Durham, they were defeated by 43 runs by Durham while chasing the target of 148. With the help of brilliant spells from Duanne Olivier (2 wickets for 16 runs) and Jordan Thompson (2 wickets for 20 runs), they had restricted Durham on 147.
While chasing the target of 148, Yorkshire struggled in the batting department and got all out on just 104 runs. Will Fraine’s 28 from 21 balls couldn’t help them to chase down the target. Captain Adam Lyth had a good season with bat as he scored 308 runs in 8 matches only while MD fisher managed to pick up 8 wickets from 4 matches with the ball. The team is looking strong in the batting department but has poor form with the ball. They will try to overcome their bowling issues from last season to win this first game of the season against Durham on 11th June.
Key Players: Adam Lyth, Harry Brook, MD Fisher, Jordan Thompson
Adam Lyth(c), Dawid Malan, Will Fraine, Jordan Thompson, Harry Brook, Matthew Revis, Ben Birkhead(wk), MD Fisher, Duanne Olivier, Ben Coad, Sam Wisniewski
Lockie Ferguson, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, AU Rashid, Will Fraine, Jonny Bairstow, David Jonathan Willey, Dawid Malan, Matthew Waite, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||18||0 mm.||5.92 k/h||From: SW||89%|
|03h||17||0 mm.||5.66 k/h||From: SW||91%|
|06h||16||0 mm.||5.32 k/h||From: SW||94%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||5.35 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||8.19 k/h||From: WSW||100%|
|15h||18||0 mm.||7.31 k/h||From: W||79%|
|18h||16||0 mm.||5.86 k/h||From: W||68%|
|21h||13||0 mm.||4.24 k/h||From: W||79%|
The weather is partially cloudy on the 11th of June, with a 10-20% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 22°C - 10°C range.
Riverside Ground from Chester-le-street will host this match. This ground has a capacity of 5000 and has conducted a few international as well as domestic games so far.
This ground has conducted only 3 T20Is matches so far but mainly used for domestic purposes like Vitality Blast and County Championship. The pitch offers an equal advantage to batsmen as well as bowlers. But in the last 3 matches, the team who batted first won 2 matches. At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bat first.
Durham have the upper hand in the bowling department over Yorkshire. Also, Yorkshire’s experienced player Joe Root is set to miss this T20 game because of the Test series against New Zealand. That may cause them a serious issue in the middle order while playing against Durham. Durham have depth in the batting order and they will like to clinch victory in this first match of the season against Yorkshire.
We predict that Durham will defeat Yorkshire.