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Toss Winner - Durham won the toss and chose to bowl first
Northamptonshire beat Durham by 30 runs
Northamptonshire have already beaten Durham once this season.
Expect Durham to win this match.
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: County Ground, Northampton, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
Northamptonshire are struggling to stay afloat in the Vitality Blast 2021. Currently, after 10 matches, they are 2nd from last in the North Group with 3 wins and 6 losses and a NRR of -1.034. While Northamptonshire did win their last match, they will be looking to maintain that momentum in their next challenge is against Durham, a team they have already beaten once this season. Durham are on 3rd place with 5 wins and 3 losses. They too are coming off a win and will be looking to avenge their previous loss against Northamptonshire.
In their last 5 matches, Northamptonshire have won 2 and lost 3. They are coming off a strong victory against Leicestershire where they chased down a target of 139 in 18.2 overs with 5 wickets to spare. It was a complete team performance where both the bowling and batting units contributed to clinching the victory.
Opener Ricardo Vasconcelos has been a strong presence at the top for Northamptonshire this season and is the leading run-getter for them with 262 runs at a strike rate of 115.92. Rob Keogh has been the next best performer with 232 runs at 121. However, the others like Ben Curran, captain Joshua Cobb, and Mohammad Nabi have been quite inconsistent which has hampered the team’s chances.
Northamptonshire have been better with their bowling and almost everyone has contributed. Graeme White has led the way with 10 wickets at an economy of 7.84 followed by Tom Taylor with 9 wickets at 9.94. Mohammad Nabi has done an economical job at the start with his spin and gone at a terrific economy of 5.91. Wayne Parnell (8 wickets at 8.29) too has been pretty good.
Ben Curran, Ricardo Vasconcelos (wk), Joshua Cobb (c), Rob Keogh, Mohammad Nabi, Saif Zaib, Wayne Parnell, Tom Taylor, Graeme White, Brandon Glover, Freddie Heldreich
Rob Keogh, Brandon Glover, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Tom Taylor, Josh Cobb, Freddie Heldreich, Wayne Parnell, Mohammad Nabi, Saif Zaib, Graeme White, Ben Curran
Although Durham is sitting comfortably in the 3rd place right now, they would have liked to be a little more consistent in their last 4 games where they lost 2 and won 2. They beat Warwickshire comfortably by 34 in their last game where, after putting on 164-8 on the board, they restricted the opposition for just 130 runs.
Australia’s Cameron Bancroft, who is the leading run-scorer of the team this season with 241 runs at a strike rate of 123.5, led the way with an enterprising 60 off 45 balls in the last match. Opener David Bedingham has been their next best batsman with 220 runs at 149.6. The presence of Ben Stokes at No.3 has also bolstered the batting unit and he looks to be gathering momentum after smashing 35 off 20 balls in the last match.
Durham’s bowling has revolved around seamer Matty Potts who has 12 wickets at an economy of 8.75. Stokes showed his worth as an all-rounder in the last match where he delivered a terrific spell of 4-27. Left-arm spinner Liam Trevaskis has done a good containing job at the start with an economy of 6.71 and Ben Raine (8 wickets at 6.83) has been consistently good at the middle.
David Bedingham, Graham Clark, Ben Stokes, Cameron Bancroft (c), Sean Dickson, Ned Eckersley (wk), Brydon Carse, Ben Raine, Liam Trevaskis, Scott Borthwick, Matty Potts
Jack Campbell, Scott Borthwick, Ben Stokes, Cameron Bancroft, Harry Crawshaw, Ned Eckersley, Matty Pots, Ben Raine, Graham Clark, David Bedingham, Sean Dickson
The pitch at the County Ground in Northampton is a typical limited-overs wicket where batsmen do generally have a good time but seamers get some help as well. Expect the spin bowlers to make some impact on this pitch too if it grips a little.
The weather is expected to be clear and we should get a full game.
The average first innings score at the County Ground in Northampton in the T20 Blast is 174 and the average first innings winning score here is 179. Totals of 190+ have been achieved on 10 instances on this venue with the highest score being 219/6 by Nottinghamshire against Northamptonshire. In this season, the highest total at County Ground is 214-7 by the Notts against Northamptonshire.
Teams batting first have had a better record on this venue and the captain winning the toss might elect to bat first.
In the last 5 matches between Northamptonshire and Durham, the Northants have won twice while Durham has clinched three victories. Northamptonshire did beat Durham earlier this season but their graph ever since has been topsy-turvy. Durham is looking good in both the departments and the form of star all-rounder Ben Stokes can really make the difference for them. They should be able to dominate this encounter.
Expect Durham to win this match.
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