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Toss Winner - Durham won the toss and chose to bowl first
Durham beat Nottinghamshire by 78 runs
Durham Cricket’s challenge to end season on a high
Notts Outlaws to win
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Table toppers of the North Group and the defending champions Notts Outlaws would take on Durham Cricket in the 121st game of the Vitality T20 Blast 2021. Notts Outlaws went down against the Leicestershire Foxes in the last game which was only their second loss of the season. Durham Cricket too lost their last game against the Lancashire Lighting in what as another poor show from the side.
Durham Cricket has lost the last six out of the seven games and the side is looking completely out of form at the moment. They have had a poor record against the Outlaws in the past and this too would be playing on their minds. As for the Outlaws, they have won the last five games at this venue and shall look to gain the right frame of mind ahead of the quarterfinal.
It was a rare loss for Steven Mullaney’s team as they went down against Leicestershire Foxes by 2 wickets in the last game. The defending champions sit comfortably at the top of the points table in the North Group and have earned an entry into the next round. They had defeated Durham Cricket earlier in the season and shall look to win this game and carry momentum into the next round.
They have a strong opening pair in Alex Hales and Joe Clarke and both these batsmen have done well in the season. Ben Duckett played a good knock in the last game and the same would be expected from him here. In Tom Moores, Samit Patel and Mullaney, the side has power hitters in the line-up and runs would be expected from them in this contest.
Their bowling attack had a poor outing in the last game, and they would look to put this behind. Matthew Carter and Samit Patel would have to make a good start in this game with the new ball. Calvin Harrison and Mullaney bowled good lines in the last game and add strength to this attack. Zak Chappell and Dane Paterson shall look to keep the flow of runs in the middle overs under check.
Steven Mullaney (c), Alex Hales, Joe Clarke, Ben Duckett, Samit Patel, Tom Moores (wk), Peter Trego, Calvin Harrison, Zak Chappell, Matthew Carter, Dane Paterson
Alex Hales, Steven Mullaney, Peter Trego, Matthew Carter, Calvin Harrison, Joe Clarke, Zak Chappell, Dane Paterson, Ben Duckett, Tom Moores, Samit Patel
Cameron Bancroft’s side has lost close games this season and their 6-run loss to the Lancashire Lightning was yet another case of the side succumbing to pressure. They are out of the next round and as they play the final game of the season Bancroft would look for a positive show from his side and finish the season on a high.
David Bedingham and Graham Clark played well in the last game and the same would be expected from them in this contest as well. In the middle order Sean Dickson and Brydon Carse did well in the last game and this would add to the side’s confidence. They would also look for a good show from Bancroft, Ned Eckersley and Ben Raine in this game.
Their bowlers haven’t done well this season and the side would expect a good start from Matty Potts and Carse in this game. Scott Borthwick bowled tight lines in the middle overs and the same would be needed from him in this game. The side would also hope to see economical spells from Liam Trevaskis and Paul van Meekeren here.
Cameron Bancroft (c), Graham Clark, David Bedingham, Ben Raine, Sean Dickson, Scott Borthwick, Ned Eckersley (wk), Liam Trevaskis, Brydon Carse, Matty Potts, Paul van Meekeren
Brydon Carse, Scott Borthwick, Cameron Bancroft, Paul Van Meekeren, Alex Lees, Matty Pots, Ben Raine, Graham Clark, Liam Trevaskis, David Bedingham, Sean Dickson
The skies over Nottingham would be clear on July 18 and we hope to see batsmen enjoy their time at the wicket. We haven’t seen too many high scores at the venue this season as the bowlers have enjoyed bowling here. The side that bats first would be happy with a score in excess of 170 runs.
Trent Bridge, Nottingham is one of the biggest grounds in UK. It has a fast outfield, but the wicket is known for offering assistance to the fast bowlers thanks to the grass cover on the surface. It is difficult venue for the spinners as there is hardly any turn available on the surface.
The last four games have seen the side chasing the score win three games. There is early movement for the bowlers on this wicket and this makes batting challenging. Batsmen have an easier time in the second innings and hence the side that wins the toss here would like to bowl first.
The two sides have had contrasting fortunes in the tournament. Durham Cricket has mostly struggled with its form, and they are out of contention for the next round. The side would have to bowl well in this game to put up a challenge. Notts Outlaws are through to the next round and have lost only two games. Playing at home with a strong batting line-up they would start favorites in this game.
Notts Outlaws to win
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