About the Match
Derbyshire Falcons spoiled the party for Warwickshire Bears at Derbyshire on 27th by registering their 1st win in the tournament against a fancied Warwicks and now are pumped up with 3 points from 8 matches to take on Durham, who have 5 points from 7 matches at Chester-le Street on 29th June. Durham had to share points with Northamptonshire on 27th due to a rain-affected match and will be eager to take its campaign ahead with a win in the upcoming contest.
Durham won the toss and elected to bat on 27th at Northampton against the Northants and the match had to be abandoned after 10 overs of the Durham innings and thus both teams had to share points. They had played well in their previous match against Leicestershire on 20th at Chester-le Street by scoring 177 for 7 thanks to a solid opening partnership of 53 runs in 6.1 overs followed by good knocks by MacLeod, Stokes and Muchall but lost due to a well-planned chase by Leicestershire as Durham bowlers could not succeed in defending the total, even as 7 of them tried their luck with the ball. Now, they are facing Derbyshire, who have become bold after taking the toll of Warwickshire on 27th but lack quality bowling attack, which the Durham team should be looking to exploit.
Derbyshire is buoyed up by their maiden win in the tournament, that too against Warwickshire just the day before and by a good margin of 6 balls to spare with 3 wickets in hand chasing a tall score of 189. Having luck with the toss, they challenged the Warwicks by putting them to bat first but could not restrict the flow of runs and they bled on the field as they could not find success till midway of the Warwicks’ innings. The openers laid a good base of 102 in 10 overs against a weak attack by Derbyshire, who exposed themselves by deploying 8 of the team members to bowl at the rampant Warwicks’ batsmen; only Durston and Higginbottom could extract some help from the pitch but they could do very little to stop the mounting score which ultimately ended with an asking rate of 9.5. Derbyshire hardly would have thought of the surprise ahead as they lost the opener C F Hughes in the very 1st ball of the innings for a Clarke delivery; but the rest of the team followed gradually building partnerships for each wicket with Durston playing a cameo innings of 53 off 21 and Madsen following with 42 off 27. Rotating strikes and taking singles and two’s, they did not look back even though the attacking bowlers were taking wickets at regular intervals. The tail wagged at the nick of the moment to register a consoling win of the tournament; they may look to repeat this heroic show against Durham, but will do well not to deploy the ineffective team members to bowl.
Durham has been consistent throughout the tournament while Derbyshire won thei last game considerably against a good side. While the match could swing either ways with Derbyshire’s morale boost from their recent win, we expect the better placed Durham Dynamos to win the match.
Warwickshire, 1.50 @ Bet365