About the Match
Derbyshire is in the 4th position in the North Group with 13 points and will host Durham in the next league match to be held at Derby on 15th August. It lost the game against Notts recently but had succeeded against Yorkshire, and will like to finish in the top-four for the knockout stage. Durham continues to be at the bottom of the table with just 2 points and are desperate for a face-saving win here. The long domestic season has been quite exciting and as the series reaches the final stages, we will see the teams fight harder to keep their campaign alive.
They lost the last game against Notts by a meagre 8 runs after failing to chase down 190 runs despite a well-made half-century by Reece, Madsen’s 31 off 22 and good contributions by Wood and Hughes. The bowlers tried to stifle the opponents but gave away too many easy runs. Spinner Imran Tahir took 1-28 while Madsen, Hughes and Cotton dismissed one opponent each; however, they ended up facing a huge target.
Against Yorkshire, they chased down 181 runs successfully, thanks to a brilliant 67 off 48 by Godleman and strong knocks by Madsen, who scored 47 off 34, and captain Wilson, who posted a fiery 33 off just 16 balls. Speedster Viljoen took 2 wickets but proved to be expensive; Imran Tahir provided a good breakthrough with David Willey’s wicket at a crucial juncture. The pace squad has players like Matt Henry, BD Cotton and Alex Hughes, who provide good variety to the attack and can stifle the opponents here too.
Overall, they have done well to reach the fourth position and if they can do well in all departments of the game in the upcoming match, then surely, they can emerge victorious here.
Batting first against Warwickshire, the top-order batsmen succumbed to the tactics of the opponents; Coughlin posted a superb 53 off 37 while Poynter scored an unbeaten 36 to take the total to 145. However, it wasn’t enough for the bowlers to fight with and despite Pringle’s 2-29, they lost the match by 8 wickets.
Against Worcestershire, Tom Latham posted a brilliant 62 off 40 to give the innings a major boost; Richardson then contributed a well-made 49 from just 30 deliveries while Clark scored 24 runs to take the total to 165. The bowlers then defended the total successfully thanks to Jennings and BJ McCarthy, who took 2 wickets each and Pringle’s 1-28.
They have experienced players with both bat and ball but haven’t been able to overcome their opponents till now; if they can keep the wickets safe and build a solid foundation, whether batting first or during chase, then they could try to redeem themselves here with a much-needed win.
Durham is desperate for a win now and will need to redeem themselves before bowing out of the competition; Derbyshire on the other hand is trying its best to keep the campaign alive and with the home advantage on their side, are clear favourites to win the match on Tuesday.