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Durham vs Surrey, Royal London One-Day Cup, Today Match Prediction

Riverside Stadium, Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom

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Durham, Surrey lock horns in semifinal clash

  • Durham beat Hampshire in their previous game against Hampshire on Thursday.
  • Graham Clark and Alex Lees have been standout performers for Durham so far this season.
  • Surrey beat Gloucestershire in the knockout game played on Sunday.

Expect Durham to beat Surrey and qualify for the finals of the 2021 Royal London One-Day Cup.

Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: Riverside Stadium, Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom | Toss: To Bowl

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Durham and Surrey will lock horns in the second semifinal game of 2021 Royal London One-Day Cup competition to be played at Chester-le-Street on Tuesday.

Host Durham will be looking to deliver their A-game with bat and ball against Surrey in this semifinal clash. In the preliminary stages, Durham played excellent cricket and finished at the top of the table in Group A of the Royal London One-Day Cup competition.

On the other hand, Surrey delivered a clinical performance with bat and ball to beat Gloucestershire in the second quarterfinal game played at The Oval. Captain Jamie Smith will be hoping that the side can maintain their disciplines in all three departments in this must-win game.

Durham Preview

Inaugural Royal London One-Day Champions will be looking to deliver their best cricket in this home fixture.

In the batting department, the side will be relying heavily on in-form opening pair of Graham Clarke and Alex Lees to get them off to a flying start.

Graham Clarke (560 runs at an average of 93.33) and Alex Lees (472 runs at an average of 78.66) have been standout performers for Durham in this year’s competition. The opening duo have shown exceptional form with the bat and accumulated 1000 runs between them this season.

Besides Clarke and Lees, Sean Dickson, captain Scott Borthwick and David Bedingham have shown decent form for Durham this season.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on Paul van Meekeren, Matt Salisbury and Chris Rushworth to make crucial breakthroughs in this semifinal game.

Netherlands quick Paul van Meekeren has been standout performer with the ball in hand for Durham. With 14 wickets to his name, Meekeren would be keen to deliver another clinical performance in this knockout game.

Durham Predicted Playing XI:

Scott Borthwick (captain), Cameron Bancroft (wk), David Bedingham, Graham Clark, Alex Lees, Sean Dickson, Liam Trevaskis, Luke Doneathy, Paul van Meekeren, Matt Salisbury, Chris Rushworth

Surrey Preview

Jamie Smith-led unit will be high on confidence after registering an impressive five-wicket win against Gloucestershire in their quarter-final match on Sunday, courtesy Tim David’s all-round heroics.

The team will be depending on the pair of Ryan Patel (377 runs at an average of 62.83) and Tim David (337 runs at an average of 84.25) to deliver the bulk of the runs in this knockout game

Middle-order comprising of Captain Jamie Smith, Ollie Pope and Rikki Clarke have chipped in with crucial scores for Surrey this season. The batting trio will certainly need to contribute with the bat if Surrey aims to seal their place in the finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup competition.

In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Conor McKerr, Daniel Moriarity and Cameron Steel to provide crucial breakthroughs in this contest. Pacer Conor McKerr has topped the bowling charts for the side so far in the competition with 17 wickets at an average of 19.76 with a splendid economy rate of 6.07.

Surrey Predicted Playing XI:

Jamie Smith (captain & wk), Rikki Clarke, Cameron Steel, Mark Stoneman, Ryan Patel, Ollie Pope, Tim David, Nico Reifer, Conor McKerr, Daniel Moriarty, Matt Dunn

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
14
0 mm.
5.01 k/h
From: W
87%
03h
14
0 mm.
5.23 k/h
From: W
91%
06h
14
0.11 mm.
5.52 k/h
From: WNW
96%
09h
15
0 mm.
5.7 k/h
From: WNW
100%
12h
18
0 mm.
5.82 k/h
From: WNW
94%
15h
18
0 mm.
4.05 k/h
From: NW
100%
18h
18
0 mm.
2.53 k/h
From: NW
99%
21h
15
0 mm.
4.56 k/h
From: WNW
52%

Weather Conditions

The wicket prepared for the semifinal will be good for batting. With drizzle in the earning hours of the morning, the surface might have some moisture which bowlers can make use of in the game.

Venue Details

In this year's Royal London One-Day competition, Durham have won all their preliminary matches played at Chester-le-Street.

Toss: To Bowl

Both the teams will be keen to win the toss, have a bowl first and exploit the pitch conditions to good effect.

Based on current form, Durham will be favorites to win the semifinal clash against Surrey. With likes of Graham Clark and Alex Lees in phenomenal form with the bat and bowlers delivering another clinical performance, expect Durham to dominate the proceedings in this fixture.

Expect Durham to beat Surrey and qualify for the finals of the 2021 Royal London One-Day Cup.

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Author: Shoaib Z.