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In-form Durham’s hunt for second Royal London title
Durham to win
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
We have seen intense competition during the 76 games played so far in the Royal London One-Day Cup 2021 and we are into the finals where Glamorgan would be up against Durham. Glamorgan defeated Essex in the 1st semifinal to enter this title contest while Durham has continued with its brilliant show registering a massive win against Sussex.
Durham has by far looked the best side in the tournament and have so far lost just one game and come here with five consecutive wins. Their batsmen have scored runs and the bowlers too have played complimentary roles. It will be a tough battle for Glamorgan, and they would need to come up with their best performance in the tournament to win their first title in this tournament.
Kiran Carlson’s side has had its struggles in the tournament, but they have hit form when it mattered the most and come here after a strong show against Essex. It was a good run chase by the side in a high scoring game where they won by 5 wickets. They have an uphill challenge here and Carlson shall want his side to put up its best show and aim at winning their maiden title.
Hamish Rutherford and Nicholas Selman scored runs in the last game and the side would need a strong start from them in this game. The middle order has looked shaky at times and partnerships would be needed from the likes of Kiran Carlson, Billy Root and Steven Reingold in this game. Joe Cooke and Tom Cullen played important knocks down the order and similar efforts would be expected from them in this game.
Michael Hogan has shown great form in this tournament and the side would expect a good start with the new ball from him and Lukas Carey. James Weighell and Cooke have been expensive, and they can least afford this against the strong batting line-up that Durham have. The side would also like to see tight spells from Andrew Salter and Reingold in this game.
Kiran Carlson (c), Hamish Rutherford, Nicholas Selman, Steven Reingold, Billy Root, Tom Cullen (wk), Joe Cooke, Andrew Salter, James Weighell, Lukas Carey, Michael Hogan
Scott Borthwick would be confident with the form of his side. They have had an unbeaten run of five games and come here with a confidence boosting 5-wicket win against Surrey in the semifinal. The side has lost just one game this season and have looked in great form. Borthwick would want his side to make good use of this momentum and bag their second title after their win in 2014.
Graham Clark has been in great form and has already made 600 runs in the tournament and shall look to provide a good start with Alex Lees. The middle order is looking in good form as well with Cameron Bancroft, Borthwick and David Bedingham scoring runs. A good show would be expected from these players. Sean Dickson, Luke Doneathy and Liam Trevaskis add solidity to this batting line-up.
Matt Salisbury and Chris Rushworth looked in good form in the last game and similar show would be expected from them in this game. Trevaskis has bowled tight lines, and this will add to his confidence going into this big contest. The side would also expect to see good show with the ball from Jack Campbell, Borthwick and Luke Doneathy.
Scott Borthwick (c), Graham Clark, Alex Lees, Cameron Bancroft (wk), David Bedingham, Sean Dickson, Liam Trevaskis, Luke Doneathy, Matt Salisbury, Chris Rushworth, Jack Campbell
It would be cloudy skies over Nottingham on August 19 and there are possibilities of rain interruption during the game. The ball is expected to come on to the bat nicely and we are likely to see a high scoring game. The side batting first would have a target of 300 or more here to feel safe here.
Trent Bridge, Nottingham is one of the biggest grounds in UK and has a fast outfield where lots of runs have been scored in the past. Fast bowlers have done well at this ground in the past as the new ball offers lot of assistance. Spinners haven’t enjoyed best of success here as there is not much turn on offer.
It will be a high-pressure contest and the recent games played at this venue have seen lots of runs being scored. We have seen most teams prefer to bat here on winning the toss as the wicket tends to slow down towards the end. The captain winning the toss is most likely to opt for batting first.
Glamorgan have made it through to the final after good performances in the last few games. However, the side has had its problems with the form of their middle order. Their bowling attack too hasn’t been at its best. Durham on the other hand have enjoyed good success so far and are in excellent form with the bat. They haven’t lost once in the last five games, and this would make them favorites to win this title.
Durham to win
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