Man of the Match: Ben Stokes
Warwickshire`s face off against under-pressure Durham?
DURHAM will win the match
Vitality Blast has reached the half-way mark and teams will be playing matches for this week till July 02 before a week break. Warwickshire started off the season on a good note with 4 consecutive wins to shrug off their first match loss. But they have now slumped to back-to-back losses in the last 2 games and will need to arrest the slide before they go down the pecking order. Durham too come here with back-to-back losses and need to win games in stay in the top half of the points table.
Warwickshire collapsed to 21/3 in the first 3 overs but Ed Pollock kept attacking the opposition bowlers to score 46 runs off 21 balls. Michael Burgees (41 runs), Tim Bresnan (34 runs), and Matthew Lamb (22 runs) played some vital cameos to take their team to a respectable total of 167 runs.
Their opening bowlers Liam Norwell and Tim Bresnan were taken for a lot of runs as they leaked 83 runs in their combined 6.1 overs. Carlos Brathwaite (2 wickets) and Craig Miles (1 wicket) bowled well in middle overs to claim 3 wickets and stumble the opposition. Danny Briggs was phenomenal with his spell of 4-0-19-0 in the match.
Top players to bet on:
Ed Pollock – Pollock counter–attacked the opposition with 46 runs off 21 balls smashing 5 boundaries and 4 sixes. His knock provided some momentum to his team despite the quick wickets.
Carlos Brathwaite – Brathwaite has 12 wickets in 8 matches at a superb economy rate of 7.5 RPO. He would be a vital asset if he contribute with the bat lower down the order.
Ed Pollock, Adam Hose, Will Rhodes (c), Sam Hain, Carlos Brathwaite, Matthew Lamb, Michael Burgess (wk), Tim Bresnan, Liam Norwell, Danny Briggs, Craig Miles
Ed Pollock, Michael Burgess, Tim Bresnan, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Danny Briggs, Jacob Bethell, Craig Miles, Matthew Lamb, Will Rhodes, Carlos Brathwaite
David Bedingham started the match in aggressive fashion with his 26-ball 44-run knock at the top. Middle order players Ben Stokes (20 runs), Cameron Bancroft (26 runs), and Sean Dickson (21 runs) played good cameos to keep the scoreboard ticking. Ben Raine and Brydon Caryse till some big blows in final overs to take their team to 178/7 in 20 overs.
Their bowlers were not able to stem the run flow as the opposition built a massive 145-run partnership for the second wicket. Matty Potts picked up 2 wickets in the match and Liam Trevaskis bowled an economical spell of 4-0-22-0. Their remaining bowlers kept giving runs as the opposition chased the target with 8 overs remaining.
Top players to bet on:
David bedingham – David gave good starts to the team with 217 runs at a strike rate of 157. His ability to set the tone for the match will be a big boost for their batting unit.
Matty Potts – Matty Potts has claimed 11 wickets so far but his economy rate of 9 RPO is a big concern for the team. He must look to bowl more discplined line and lengths to control the run flow.
David Bedingham, Graham Clark, Ben Stokes, Cameron Bancroft (c), Ned Eckersley (wk), Sean Dickson, Brydon Carse, Ben Raine, Liam Trevaskis, Scott Borthwick, Matty Potts
Brydon Carse, Scott Borthwick, Ben Stokes, Cameron Bancroft, Ned Eckersley, Matty Pots, Ben Raine, Graham Clark, Liam Trevaskis, David Bedingham, Sean Dickson
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||27||0 mm.||2.23 k/h||From: SSE||97%|
|03h||24||0 mm.||1.83 k/h||From: SE||85%|
|06h||22||0 mm.||1.19 k/h||From: SSE||87%|
|09h||21||0 mm.||1.16 k/h||From: SE||98%|
|12h||22||0 mm.||1.41 k/h||From: ESE||98%|
|15h||27||0 mm.||2.81 k/h||From: SE||99%|
|18h||30||0.33 mm.||3.1 k/h||From: SE||86%|
|21h||29||0 mm.||3.17 k/h||From: SE||95%|
Birmingham will have dark and cloudy weather on the match day with 70% chances of rain. We expect the rain appearance to make an impact in this match.
Birmingham is a good venue that has some balance between the bat and ball. The new ball might swing around and help bowlers and batsmen will look to take advantage of the hard ball. The ball gets a little softer a sit loses it shine in middle overs. We expect the runs to be around 160-180 runs in this match.
Derbyshire chased down a competitive total (168 runs) easily in the last game here and we expect both teams to follow the trend in this match too.
Both teams come into this match losing 2 matches on a trot and are under pressure to win this match to get into track. Durham have a slightly better line-up with the likes of Ben Stokes and Cameron Bancroft. Warwickshire will need their lower order players to score some vital runs to boost their runs. Both teams bowling units has been slightly wayward and will need to correct their line and lengths. We expect Durham to win this match.
DURHAM will win the match