About the Match
Both Durham and Leicestershire have played 11 matches each but Durham is better off with 4 wins and 10 points against 3 wins and 7 points of Leicestershire and now the two teams are fighting to re-establish the lost ground in their overall performance among other teams on 18th July at Leicester. Durham has 2 recent wins to cherish, 1st against Derbyshire on 29th June by 8 wickets chasing 125 and the 2nd against Yorkshire on 2nd July, defending a small total of 123 and dismissing the opponent to 95, though, their earlier loss to Leicestershire on 20th June failing to defend a good total of 177, may not be too far from their memory. Leicestershire had mixed luck after this win against Durham, with loss to Yorkshire on 1st July chasing 168, a win against Derbyshire on 6th Jul, chasing 143 and a loss to Lancashire failing to chase 151 on 11th July.
Successive loss of 2 wickets of openers Stoneman and McCleod for a duck with just 4 runs on board resulted in their loss against Yorkshire on 11th July, in spite of a committed 35 off 31 balls by opener Mustard and a valiant rear guard action by Hastings with 62 of 32 balls, after the bowlers did a good job with Hastings taking 3 Yorkshire wickets and Rushworth, Collingwood and Breese sharing responsibility. Mustard has been consistent with the bat and gave 40 off 43 against the same Yorkshire team on 1st Jul where again the bowlers led by Hastings with 3 wickets helped them to defend a small total of 123, reducing the opponent to 95 all-out in 17.2 overs. Their bowlers and batsmen should continue their winning momentum in the upcoming match too.
Though they failed to chase 220 against the Notts on 19th June in spite of Smith’s century, they successfully chased 177 against Durham the very next day. It was the failure of the Durham bowlers and a tactful batting by the middle order of the Leicestershire batsmen which won the match against Durham; but that should not give them any comfort in this reverse match as their bowling attack is too weak as demonstrated against Notts resulting in the domination by the opponent, which again was exposed by the Yorkshire team on 1st Jul where the Yorkshire team put up a good total of 168 for 5 and restricted them to 154 for 8. They failed again chasing 151 by Lancashire on 11th Jul, wherein after restricting the opponent for 151, their batsmen failed to capitalize on the good opening stand by Cobb and O’Brien reducing them to 133. An improved bowling effort and a committed batting performance can only enhance their winning possibilities.
Durham is better placed in terms of player performance and will be a strong force to beat. Though the Leics have the home advantage and will give a tough fight to the opponents, a win to the in-form Durham seems to be a better bet.
Durham Dynamos, 1.72 @ Bet365