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After a superb 18-run win over Birmingham Bears just a little over a couple of days ago, Durham Jets shocked Nottinghamshire with their second superb performance in two days. They're now amongst the three teams in the middle of the points table with number three, four, and five separated only by net run rate. Their next assignment is against Worcestershire who've been in terrific form in the season so far. They've won four games in five matches and jointly hold the top position with Lancashire. With Durham on a killing-spree taking on Worcestershire in superb form, we have a promising contest set for Friday night.
Worcestershire suffered their first defeat of the season in their last match, against Yorkshire. After winning the toss and fielding first, they conceded 179 runs total which was a par score on that ground. They had an upper hand on the match with Martin Guptill, Joe Clarke, and Travis Head at their disposal.
They, however, were pushed on the backfoot on the second delivery of the innings as Tim Bresnan got rid of Martin Guptill. Joe Clarke tried, too, push things to make use of the powerplay overs, but departed for a personal score of 17. They never recovered from the early losses of Clarke and Guptill and despite late blitz by Ross Whitely, they fell 12 runs short of Yorkshire's total.
Earlier, their bowlers gave away 179 runs as their opening bowlers were hit for a few boundaries by Adam Lyth. Pat Brown recovered from that hammering when he got rid of him. They got rid of Tom Kohler-Cadmore quickly to get back in the game with Yorkshire at 49 for 2 after 6 overs. Failure to pick wickets in the middle over cost them a few extra runs which ultimately was the difference of their loss.
TWM Latham, BA Stokes, Graham Clark, Will Smith, Ryan Davies, Stuart Poynter, Liam Trevaskis, James Weighell, Nathan Rimmington, Barry McCarthy, Imran Tahir.
After being put in to bat first on a good batting surface, Durham skipper made full use of the conditions to take Durham into a position of command. He single-handedly took his team to 184, thanks to his unbeaten 98 off just 55 deliveries. Had he got more strike towards the end of the innings, the total could have been a lot of matter. It eventually didn't matter as their bowlers bowled according to the plan and bundled the defending champions for just 150.
Paul Collingwood was the man with the ball as he picked three wickets and gave away only 25 runs in his four overs. Imran Tahir shrugged off his poor performance in one of his previous games and delivered yet another match-winning spell of 4-0-20-2. James Weighell, too, was splendid with the ball and bowled economically in the middle overs and picked up two important wickets.
The last two games have been incredible for unfancied Durham Jets. First, they overthrew Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston and then the defending champions, Nottinghamshire. They're oozing with confidence and given their current form, it's going to be a tough ask for any team to get past Durham Jets.
Martin Guptill, Moeen Ali, TM Head, Daryl Mitchell, Ben Cox, Brett D Oliveira, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Luke Wood, Dillon Pennington, Patrick Brown.
The Rapids suffered their first defeat of the season and it will be interesting to see how they take this loss. We have often seen a loss after a winning streak being a turning-points in a team's campaign. Durham, on the other hand, have just got the momentum going for them. We might well see Ben Stokes join them for this match with England's game against India still ten days away. With Tom Latham, Paul Collingwood, and Imran Tahir in fine form Durham are better-placed to extend their killing-spree.