About the Match
One of the best sides of the last year, a side that has contributed so many players to the English team, Durham will take on Northamptonshire on Sunday, 9th July 2017. The match will be played at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street and is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm GMT provided there are no delays due to rain. Both the teams are coming after huge defeats from their respective opponents. Northamptonshire went down to Derbyshire, whereas it was Lancashire which outplayed the home side, Durham. It will be second home game for Durham and their fans would be expecting a better performance from their side.
Durham clearly seemed to miss their mainstays of the team in the first match. Mark Stoneman's batting and Scott Borthwick's spin was clearly missed as they clearly failed to make a mark against Lancashire. We aren't expected to see much of Ben Stokes and Mark Wood as they will be busy with their international assignments for England against South Africa.
Their absence was clearly felt as Durham managed a score of just 140 runs while chasing 192. Paul Collingwood was their lone warrior, but he could not accelerate much with wickets falling around him. Their bowlers were ordinary as no one except James Weighell could restrict the flow of runs or pick wickets. He delivered the figures of 3-28 in his quota of four overs and his team would be looking for a similar performance from him once again.
Durham was an exceptionally balanced side last year with the likes of Stoneman, Stokes, Wood, and Borthwick. They still have the steam left in them, but the absence of these players could really be game changing. The side has a good amalgamation of youth and experience and they can certainly deliver under the excellent leadership of Paul Collingwood.
The defending champions did get the start they were looking for. Their squad is largely intact as compared to last year's which will be helpful in putting the loss behind and getting ready for the next game.
In their last match, Northants did particularly well but still lost the match by seven wickets. Ben Duckett and Joshua Cobb came good and took the team total to 179. Cobb and Duckett scored 38 and 69 respectively. Joshua Cobb picked up a wicket as well while other bowlers were largely ineffective.
One bad game should not deter the confidence of the defending champions. Given the fact that they posted a reasonably good total and still lot says a lot about the openness of the tournament. Northamptonshire are the genuine heavyweights of the tournament and they'd have to up their tempo to stay one.
This will be Durham's second match in a row at home and first away game for Northants. Both the sides will be hoping for a turnaround in their fortunes, but only one will walk out happier. Although there will be the home advantage for Durham, they will be without many of their key players. With Duckett and Cobb in decent touch and an overall better-looking team on paper, the visitors go in as the likelier to emerge on top