About the Match
In the upcoming match of the NatWest T20 Blast, Durham, one of the strongest team in the North Group will go up against Lancashire, who are fighting hard to survive, on 25th June at Riverside Ground, Chester-Le-Street. Durham lost two consecutive matches and are looking forward to bounce back in the next match; they are placed at the fourth spot in the points table with 8 points attained from four wins while Lancashire is placed at the 7th position with 6 points. The match will surely be very interesting as both sides will try to dominate the other and move ahead towards victory on Thursday.
Lancashire suffered a narrow 4-run defeat against Northamptonshire in their previous match wherein despite James Faulkner’s fantastic 73 off 46 balls and Alex Davies’ 34 off 24 balls the team couldn’t reach the target of 169 runs. Bowlers weren’t impressive enough with only Stephen Parry scalping 2 wickets. Lancashire surrendered their 6th match to Worcestershire by 2 wickets after posting a competitive total of 163 on board batting first; Karl Brown scored 42 from just 24 balls while Ashwell Prince smashed 33 from 28 balls and Steven Croft scored 31 off 25 but again the bowlers failed to defend the total. The team definitely has the ability and talent to fight back against Durham in the upcoming match with players like James Faulkner and Steven Croft, who performed well in the previous outings along with Davies and Prince, who are contributing well and are in great form. Bowlers Stephen Parry, George Edwards, Tom Bailey and Aaron Lilley have been supporting well with their wicket taking abilities but need to be more consistent for the cause of the team.
Durham were defeated by Worcestershire in the last game by just 3 runs after the batsmen failed to chase down the target of 160 runs. Gordon Muchall’s unbeaten 41 off 28, Mark Stoneman’s superb 35 off just 14 balls and Phil Mustard’s 43 from 40 did not help the team cross the finish line. On the bowling front, Usman Arshad took 2 wickets while Chris Rushworth and Paul Collingwood took a wicket each. Durham also came up with a loss against Warwickshire earlier by a large margin of 7 wickets; Callum McLeod, Ben Stokes and Gordon Muchall scored 41, 40 and 30 runs respectively, helping the team set a competitive total of 163 on board but the bowlers failed to restrict the opponents from winning the match despite Arshad, John Hastings and Scott Borthwick taking a wicket each. Overall, the Durham’s batting line-up has real potential with Mark Stoneman, Paul Collingwood and Gordon Muchall while Phil Mustard and Callum McLeod can be dangerous with the bat. Usman Arshad is in great form with 14 wickets so far while Chris Rushworth, John Hastings, Scott Borthwick and Ryan Pringle are bowling sensibly.
Both teams have lost their previous two matches and are keen to win the upcoming contest; both Lancashire and Durham have their own set of capabilities and positives, which they need to utilize well on the field. Although Lancashire will put up a strong fight, we feel that Durham is better placed to win Thursday’s game and move ahead in their campaign.