Yorkshire face slippery Durham with qualification chances getting bleak
Yorkshire better placed to win the fixture
Not too long ago, Yorkshire looked primed to make it to the knockout stage and their fortunes were poles apart to Durham who couldn’t find a way to win games. Cut to present and there isn’t much to separate the two sides.
The Yorks have hit a mini-slump of sorts after Joe Root’s departure while Durham have strung together successive wins to brighten their campaign a bit. Heading into this contest, the visitors don’t really have a chance to make it to the semifinals but the Yorks still have a glimmer of hope, and they’ll be wary of the slippery challenge that the now fearless Durham unit can pose.
It also helps the visitors that the conditions at Headingley aren’t too different from the used pitches of Chester-le-Street with the dry nature allowing the slow medium pacers and spinners to rule the roost. They used these to their advantage to stun the more fancied Leicestershire side and will be hoping to repeat the act against the Yorks.
The home side will be gutted to slide at the business end of the tournament but things aren’t over just yet for them as they can probably still control their fate. Adaptability will be the key for both batting units and the more flexible side will come up trumps.
Coincidence or not, Yorkshire haven’t won a game since Joe Root’s exit due to national duties and while he might still return for the last couple of games, the clock is ticking for the hosts. They were also without their skipper David Willey last game while Tom Kohler-Cadmore was also not part of the XI. It suddenly meant a newish batting order and the Yorks clearly looked a depleted outfit lacking confidence.
Opting to bat at Headingley was a good choice but they didn’t assess conditions well enough and in the process of aiming too high, shot themselves in the foot. Their bowlers were then stumped by Lancashire’s approach where the batsmen seemed happy to hit quick runs even at the cost of losing wickets. They killed the run rate pressure very early and it allowed the likes of Dane Vilas and Rob Jones to take all the time they needed to nail down the target.
This clarity is what the Yorks will need going into this game. Willey is likely to be back and with the team in a soup, Kohler-Cadmore might also return to the XI. The bowling is reasonably efficient and if the batsmen can do their job, the Yorks should go a long way in winning this crucial game.
A Lyth, T Kohler-Cadmore, D Malan, D Willey(c), H Brook, W Fraine, G Hill, J Tattersall (wk), M Fisher, B Coad, J Schutt
Duanne Olivier, Ben Coad, Adam Lyth, Will Fraine, George Hill, James Wharton, Jack Shutt, Jonathan Tattersall, Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson
Having won two games in a row, the Durham camp are high on confidence and even though their qualification chances are nearly done, they would want to end their season on a high. This nothing-to-lose attitude should help them a lot, given that their opponents have the added pressure of qualification sitting on them. Durham were clinical in their previous outing against Leicestershire and despite losing the toss, restricted their opponents to a below-par total before making a mockery of the chase.
Matty Potts exploited the sluggish nature of the pitch really well and the other bowlers also chipped in to put a squeeze on proceedings. Ben Raine then continued his good form with another fifty while Graham Clark’s blistering cameo at the top virtually killed the chase very early.
Headingley should be similar to the conditions Durham had in their previous game and they will want to capitalize on it as much as they can. Their batting is still a bit dicey and if they can tighten that department, they could give the Yorks a tough time.
G Clark, A Lees, B Raine, D Bedingham(wk), F Behardien, B Carse, S Steel, P Coughlin, L Trevaskis, M Potts, N Rimmington(c)
Matthew Potts, Brydon Carse, Scott Steel, Paul Coughlin, Farhaan Behardien, Alex Lees, Nathan Rimmington, Ben Raine, Graham Clark, Liam Trevaskis, David Bedingham
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||19||0.18 mm.||0.8 k/h||From: WNW||100%|
|03h||18||0 mm.||1.64 k/h||From: NNW||66%|
|06h||16||0 mm.||5.05 k/h||From: N||66%|
|09h||17||0 mm.||4.79 k/h||From: NNE||84%|
|12h||17||0 mm.||4.98 k/h||From: NNE||92%|
|15h||16||0 mm.||4.51 k/h||From: NE||100%|
|18h||15||0 mm.||4.25 k/h||From: ENE||100%|
|21h||13||0 mm.||3.67 k/h||From: NE||85%|
There isn’t any rain forecast for the match but it’s expected to be a very gloomy day with no real chance of the sun peeping out. That should keep the seamers interested on what should be another dry Headingley surface with a bit of spin also coming into play. Batsmen will have to be smart to score runs.
Headingley has been one of England’s iconic venues in Tests and limited-overs, providing many historical games due to the sporting pitches which encourages quality cricket.
Teams winning the toss will want to bat first as the pitches are usually dry and could get slower. Unless the bowling attack is really versatile, there shouldn’t be any need to bat second as the deck could get trickier.