Durham to win the match
Our Prediction is Durham to win!
Host Warwickshire will be desperate to break their winless streak when they face Durham in the North Group game of Royal London One-Day Cup in Birmingham on Friday.
In their previous game, Warwickshire registered another demoralizing defeat, this time against Steven Mullaney’s Nottinghamshire, courtesy 118-run margin. The home side will be desperate to turn their fortunes around after losing two games out of three players this season.
On the other hand, Durham will be keen to get back to winning ways after losing to Worcestershire in their previous game. Captain Cameron Bancroft will be hoping that side can bring their A-game to the table against Warwickshire.
2016 Champions will need to make changes to their playing XI in a bid to turn their fortunes around in this year’s competition. Jeetan Patel-led unit will need to raise their game with bat and ball in order to break their winless streak in the competition.
In the batting department, the top-order comprising of Ed Pollock, Sam Hain and Dominic Sibley will need to deliver runs with the bat in this game. The trio perished for low scores in the previous game played against Nottinghamshire. The team management will be concerned over the lack of runs from the top-order batsmen so far this season.
Warwickshire will be hoping that the likes of Pollock and Hain can find a form with the bat in the next couple of matches. Experienced wicket-keeper batsman Tim Ambrose registered a duck in the previous game and will need to put in a notable score for the side in this game.
The middle-order has done a much better job for Warwickshire as players like Alex Thomson and Liam Banks scored half-centuries in the previous game. The duo has been scoring consistently for the side so far this season and will be keen to continue their good form for Warwickshire in this game.
In the bowling department, Warwickshire will be relying on off-spinner Jeetan Patel and pace bowler Chris Woakes to provide crucial breakthroughs with the new-ball. Captain Jeetan Patel is currently franchise’s leading wicket-taker with 9 wickets at an average of 15.66. He was standout bowler for the side in the previous game and finished with five wickets to his name. Henry Brooks and George Panayi have a decent job with the ball for Warwickshire in this year’s tournament.
Sam Hain, Dominic Sibley, Liam Banks, Will Rhodes, Tim Ambrose (wk), Ed Pollock, Alex Thomson, Chris Woakes, Jeetan Patel (captain), Henry Brooks, George Panayi.
On the other hand, Durham suffered defeat at the hands of Worcestershire in a rain-curtailed game played on Wednesday. The side will be looking to put in a much-improved batting performance in this contest.
In the batting department, the team will be depending on Captain Cameron Bancroft to lead from the front, as till now, he is Durham’s leading run-scorer in the competition with 289 runs in 3 matches with two centuries to his name.
In the previous game, Cameron Bancroft failed to capitalize on his good start and scored 20 off 23 balls with the help of one four. He will be looking to continue his rich vein of form in this game.
Besides Bancroft, Michael Richardson and Scott Steel have shown decent form for the side in this year’s competition. Durham will be hoping that the likes of Richardson and Steel can produce notable scores against Warwickshire. Middle-order batsman Alex Lees found a form with the bat in the previous game and scored unbeaten 52 runs off 77 balls with the help of four boundaries.
In the bowling department, the team is heavily depending on the likes of Brydon Carse, Matt Salisbury and Matty Potts to make early inroads with the new-ball. Brydon Carse and Ben Raine bowled exceptionally well in the previous game played against Worcestershire.
Cameron Bancroft (captain &wk), Michael Richardson, Alex Rees, Graham Clark, Ben Raine, Matt Salisbury, Jack Burnham, Brydon Carse, Liam Trevaskis, Scott Steel, Matty Potts
Traditionally, the pitch at Edgbaston Cricket Ground provides a good contest between bat and ball. The quick bowlers will get some assistance off the pitch. The weather forecast for the game on Thursday is not that good as there is 80% percent of rain in the day.
Edgbaston Cricket Ground has not been a happy hunting ground for Warwickshire in this year’s competition. The side has failed to win a game at home so far this season. Durham has an excellent head-to-head record against Warwickshire in the competition.
Both the sides will be looking to win the toss and bat first on this surface. The surface will provide a turn and bounce for the spinners. It could get trickier for the side batting second as surface tends to become sluggish in the second half of the game.
Durham has played some outstanding cricket in this year’s competition. Cameron Bancroft has truly led from the front and helped Durham notch up consecutive wins in the competition. The side has much superior batting lineup in comparison to Warwickshire and will be confident of continuing their winning streak in the competition.
Expect Durham to thrash Warwickshire by a big margin.
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