About the Match
Durham started off this tournament with an ECB penalty that was going to make their qualification difficult in any case and now after losing their first four matches, the Jets look all but certain to bow out in the initial stages this year. They take on Nottinghamshire in this match and will be hoping to turn things around. The Nottinghamshire Outlaws are coming off a win and will be keen to continue that momentum.
After four matches, a look at the Durham Jets batting statistics makes for some somber reading. There are no batsmen that have scored over 100 runs in total and no batsmen who are striking the ball at over 140.
For a T20 team, it is essential that at least a couple of batsmen get in form and propel the team through the tournament but that is not happening for the Jets right now. Even in their last match, Cameron Steel and Graham Clark started off well but could not last for long enough to make a difference.
The middle order of Harte, Burnham, Collingwood, and Poynter is just not powerful enough to be able to make up for rising run rates by consistently clearing the boundaries. There are going to be questions asked of whether having Paul Collingwood in the team is providing real value to Durham but he is currently the highest scorer for the side.
Cameron Steel brought in for the last match looked good and we think he may be the one to finally give Durham some impetus up front.
The Durham bowling has also struggled to perform as a unit although some excellent individual performances have been recorded. Collingwood, Weighell, and Pringle have all looked good and could be much more potent with a large score behind them to defend.
The outlaws have begun well in this tournament after a couple of losses and now have two wins from 4 matches. This is one of the more dangerous T20 units in this tournament and we definitely think they have a great chance of reaching finals day.
Winning the Royal London Cup would have given them a huge boost ahead of this tournament, especially, to players like Alex Hales that shone when it mattered the most.
The Notts are well stocked with both batting and bowling talent led by Alex Hales, Dan Christian, Samit Patel, Ish Sodhi and Brendan Taylor. There is also Rikki Wessels, who scored a hundred against Derbyshire, and Harry Gurney who has taken 9 wickets in the tournament so far.
The all round ability in this team, as well as the power hitting that runs throughout, is very impressive. The only place where they struggle somewhat is on slower pitches that tend take a little turn.
There is a chance that they may come across such a surface at Durham in this match.
Pitch and Conditions
The last couple of matches at Durham have seen some significant turn on offer for the spinners. This will make Ish Sodhi and Samit Patel happy but the Notts batsmen may not be so thrilled. Durham has a nice collection of slow-medium pace bowlers who can take advantage of this surface with plenty of cutters.
A partially cloudy but dry day is expected for the match.
Nottinghamshire to wi