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Big test for Sussex against Durham at home
Durham to win
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE-DAY | Venue: County Ground, Hove, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
Sussex would be under pressure as they take on Durham in the 9th game of the Royal London One-Day Cup, 2021 at their home ground County Ground, Hove. Sussex comes into this game having let Lancashire walk away with a win in the last game while Durham registered a massive win against Kent in their first game of the season.
Durham made 405 runs in the last game in what was great display of hitting from all their batsmen. They look in incredible form for now and it would be a massive challenge for Sussex to defeat them. The hosts have defeated Durham in the last five games but this doesn’t promise to be a cakewalk considering Durham’s form.
Tom Haines’ side went down by 2 wickets in the last game against Lancashire. Haines would be terribly upset with his bowlers as they allowed their opponents to win the game after having sent half the side back to the dressing room with less than 100 runs on the board. They have to leave this loss behind and come up with a better show against a side that looks in great form.
They would need runs from openers Harrison Ward and Tom Clark as both of them went out cheaply in the last game. In the middle order Haines and Travis Head scored runs and they will have a very important role to play in this game. The likes of Oliver Carter, Danial Ibrahim and Will Beer scored runs in the last game, and this adds to their batting strength.
Henry Crocombe and Joseph Sarro did well in the last game with the ball in the early overs, but they will have a bigger challenge considering Durham’s form with the bat. The side would also need tight spells with the ball from James Coles, Will Beer and Archie Lenham considering the batting form of their opponents.
Tom Haines (c), Harrison Ward, Tom Clark, Travis Head, James Coles, Oliver Carter (wk), Danial Ibrahim, Archie Lenham, Henry Crocombe, Joseph Sarro, Will Beer
It was a strong statement from Scott Borthwick’s side in their opening game of the season against Kent. The side batted first and put up a score of 405 runs on the board and went on to win it by 103 runs. Their batsmen looked in excellent form in the last game and Borthwick would like to draw momentum from the last game and register their second consecutive win of the season.
Graham Clark and Alex Lees set up an opening wicket stand of 242 runs in the last game with both scoring centuries and they would aim for another good start. Cameron Bancroft and David Bedingham also played electrifying knocks and add solidity to the middle order. Sean Dickson, Liam Trevaskis and Scott Borthwick are known for their quick scoring abilities and make this batting line-up rock solid going into this game.
On the bowling front the new ball pair of Chris Rushworth and Jack Campbell bowled tight spells in the last game and the side would expect same kind of performances from them here. Liam Trevaskis and Paul van Meekeren also bowled tight spells in the last game which makes this attack look strong which also has good options in Scott Borthwick, Luke Doneathy and Graham Clark.
Scott Borthwick (c), Graham Clark, Alex Lees, Cameron Bancroft (wk), David Bedingham, Sean Dickson, Liam Trevaskis, Luke Doneathy, Paul van Meekeren, Jack Campbell, Chris Rushworth
There are predictions for cloudy skies and rains at Hove on July 25. The wicket has usually been a flat one here where lots of runs have been scored. Bowlers have little margin for error on this surface. The side that bats first in the game shall have to eye a score in excess of 320 runs on this wicket.
County Ground, Hove is a large sized ground, but we have seen big scores being put up at this venue. The ball comes on to the bat nicely and this allows batsmen to play their strokes. Fast bowlers have to make good use of their variations to do well here. Spinners have generally struggled as there isn’t much on offer from this surface.
In most of the games played so far in the tournament we have seen big scores being put up by the sides batting first. The wicket has been good one to bat on and they get slower in the second half. The side winning the toss in this game should have little hesitation in batting first.
It has been a poor start for the Sussex as they come here after losing a game that that should have won comfortably. Their bowlers will have to pull up their socks going into this game and batsmen too have to contribute at the top. Durham is looking great after their grand show in the last game where they crossed the 400-run mark, and this would make them favourites to win this contest.
Durham to win
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