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Durham has been the shock team of Vitality Blast 2018 as it has overcome some incredible odds to be currently at the top of the North Group and in with a good chance of securing a home quarter-final. Their place in the final 8 is already locked in. Their opponent for this match is Derbyshire. A side that had high hopes for this season but its gambit of packing the side with quality fast bowlers did not quite work out as expected. Derbyshire is on 11 points right now after 13 matches with 5 wins and even a win in this final match is not going to be enough for it to qualify.
Durham actually crashed to its lowest total in the last match and was bowled out for 78. It was a performance that raised doubts about the side’s ability to perform at its best in the upcoming matches now that it has lost some of its top performers.
They may have locked up qualification but Durham would desperately like the advantage of a home venue as well.
This last match showed just how much Derbyshire depends on its top-3 for runs. Tom Latham, Graham Clark, and Paul Collingwood were out for a collective total of 2 runs and there was no one to take up the responsibility afterward.
Durham must hope that two of these three batsmen, all of whom have been in excellent form, are able to score runs in the closing stages of the tournament otherwise Durham is going to have a hard time to win.
A few runs were scored from Davies and Weighell in the last match but that it was clear that Durham is not going to want to expose these players to demanding situations.
The bowling for Durham has been very consistent as well and even though they have lost Imran Tahir because of his commitments in the CPL, they still have a good unit to fall back on.
Wood, Rimmington, Weighell, and Rushworth have all been very good this season. We think the manner in which Rimmington and Wood perform against a moderately strong Derbyshire batting will be decisive.
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A poor showing in its last match against Worcestershire has knocked Derbyshire out of the running for a quarter-final berth. As things stand right now, they are playing only for pride and maybe to try and avoid a bottom three finish.
Things started off well for Derbyshire in the last game. They have a strong bowling attack and the players showed up when it mattered most. Wahab Riaz, Lockie Ferguson, Hardus Viljoen, and Ravi Rampaul all had an excellent game picking up wickets and keeping the runs down to a minimum.
A target of 138 in 20 overs should have been easy pickings for Derbyshire but its batting completely failed and they fell short. Unfortunately for Derbyshire but this has been the template for their team this season.
The bowlers keep putting it in good positions only for the batsmen to not follow it up.
Will Madsen will be key to Derbyshire’s batting fortunes and even though he has not had the kind of season that he would have wanted, he is still quite capable of upsetting this Durham attack.
Derbyshire knows that its bowling attack is capable of stopping Durham’s batsmen but whether its own players can withstand the pressure against Durham’s bowling remains to be seen.
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The weather for the match has been forecast to be dry with only a 10% chance of rain. Some clouds around could help the bowlers get some movement but as a whole, the pitch will favor the batsmen. This is going to be a relatively low scoring match between sides that are dominated by their bowling.
A score of around 170 should be considered par.
Durham has defeated Derbyshire in four of the last five matches they have played against each other. Durham is also going to be playing at home and will have the added motivation of trying to secure a home quarter-final.
Back Derbyshire to win
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