About the Match
The English domestic T20 competition is underway and we have already witnessed some exciting fixtures in it. We now have Yorkshire and Durham locking horns on June 30, 2013 at 13:40 GMT at Scarborough in an important North Division clash. Both Durham and Yorkshire lost to Lancashire and Derbyshire respectively. With both teams looking to get placed higher on the table, this game can get really exciting.
Yorkshire’s campaign to this Friends Life T20 didn’t start as they would have liked. In the first game they played this season, they lost it to Derbyshire in what was a low scoring thriller. Batting first, they gave Derbyshire the target of 120 at run a ball. Although Yorkshire looked in complete control of the situation at one time with Derbyshire down at 92 for 8 in 17 Overs, Jonathan Clare and Tim Groenewald took the game away from them as they weaved a match winning partnership of 28 runs. Yorkshire’s batting failed miserably, but their bowling did a splendid job to challenge Derbyshire. Jack Brooks was excellent early on and he was supported well by Azeem Rafiq and Rich Pyrah in the later stages. Although their batting failed, they have plenty of experience and talent with Bairstow and Ballance in their side. Looking at their side’s balance, they can turn out to be a tough contender for Durham.
Durham, just like Yorkshire, lost the game after being in contention for quite some time. Their openers gave them a flying start with 53 on the board in just over five Overs. They lost the plot in the middle overs before Ben Stokes ignited some hopes once again. Ben Stokes was dismissed in quest of quick runs and then it was too much for the late order to do. As compared to their bowling, their batsmen did a reasonable job. Mark Wood looked out of form and Max Morley was taken apart as well. Ryan Pringle was the pick of the bowlers on his debut as he picked two crucial wickets. Their batting looks quite solid on paper and their bowlers can deliver the good when required. With experienced guys like Phil Mustard and Paul Collingwood, Durham still is a tough customer to deal with.
Both the teams have lost their first game and another loss would put either of the teams in a tricky situation. Durham does not have the services of any overseas player, but they do have plenty of talent in their local guys. Yorkshire’s batting flopped, but their bowlers showed the class after making a match out of a nothing total. It is hard to choose between the sides, but looking at the overall balance of the sides and form of individual players, I think Durham would win this game.
Durham Dynamos @ 1.90 Bet365