It’s a battle between the bottom-most two teams of the north group as Durham takes on Worcestershire at Chester-Le-Street on Friday. Worcestershire have won only three matches in the tournament and remains at 8th place on the points table, and, on the other hand, with only two wins in the tournament and 4 points penalty Durham stay at last place. So far any dreams which Worcestershire may have of qualifying for the quarter finals seems to be purely zero mathematically as well. Any result will make no difference to Durham, however, there is plenty of pride for which they can fight.
Only two wins in the tournament and with 4 points penalty, nothing is going right for Durham Jets in this season. They have lost consecutively seven matches before their first win of the tournament against Leicestershire; soon after they did well in the thriller against Yorkshire to claim their second victory by 1 run; Batting veteran Paul Collingwood showed his batting skills with his knock of 88 runs in just 54 balls to get 157 runs on the board. Bowlers also held their nerves perfectly and did well to defend the target by 1 run.
In their previous match against Notts in spite of not having their star batsmen Paul Collingwood in the team, they batted well to mark 183 runs on the board with the help of half century from Richardson and supporting knock of 42 runs off 25 balls from captain Paul Coughlin; but that not was not to be their day as explosive knock of 95 runs off just 30 balls from Alex Hales snatched the match from them as Notts chases down the target in just 13.5 overs.
With Some positivity from last few matches they can carry some of the confidence into their next match against Worcestershire, their win doesn’t make any difference to them; but still they can take some moments forward from this season.
The Worcestershire lost pretty convincingly against Northants in their last game as their bowlers conceived mountain of runs in front of them to chase which put Worcestershire batsmen in pressure from the beginning of second innings; in spite of a good start they lost their way after the wicket of Brett D’Oliveira, which results into the loss by 24 runs.
Worcestershire have a decent batting line up with players like Joe Clarke, Daryl Mitchell, and John Hastings at the top and in their previous match against Warwickshire they batted brilliantly to mark 190 runs on the board to stop the Warwickshire at the total of 185 runs to snatch the victory by 5 runs.
Bowling unit of Worcestershire is not much strong as it is totally dependent on the couple of their bowlers and today’s match is very important for Worcestershire to keep their hopes alive for the quarterfinals; they’d eagerly want to win this.
It is game of cricket and on their day any team can win, Worcestershire have some weak points in their team but considering the performance of Durham in the tournament, Worcestershire certainly go in as favorites.
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