About the Match
Durham Dynamos with 9 points from 9 Games stand at the 5th position in the North Division points table and is playing against Nottinghamshire, which has 11 points from 9 matches and occupies 3rd position, on 4th July at Chester-le Street. The two teams earlier played at the Notts’ home ground at Trent Bridge on 30th May which Durham won by 3 runs defending a low score of 132 for 8; the Notts will now try to maintain their lead in the points table by reversing the earlier result whereas Durham will be determined to try and repeat the performance and catch up with the Notts.
When they met on 30th May, Stoneman and Mustard gave a good start with 27 runs for the 1st wicket in 3.5 overs and after their separation, McLeod and Mustard continued well. But after that it was a line of falling wickets at regular intervals except for a 31 off 30 balls from Muchall who remained unbeaten taking the team score to just 132 for 8. Defending the total, Rushworth and Wood bowled well claiming 3 wickets and 1 wicket respectively, with Arshad, Breese and Stokes taking 1 each and thus unsettling the Notts’ batsmen and not allowing them any freedom in chasing the target, restricting them to just 129 for 7 resulting in the Durham win. The team played against Derbyshire in their recent match on 28th June and fielding first after winning the toss, bowled them out for 125 and by an outstanding batting by Mustard with 54 off 27 balls and Stokes with 49 off 26 balls, clinched the match by 8 wickets with 40 balls to spare. Will they be able to maintain their winning streak against the Notts, is to be seen in this reverse match.
Notts in their earlier encounter against Durham, playing at home ground, did well, in restricting the opponent to just 132 for 8, with Carter bowling a good spell of 4 overs taking 3 wickets and Mullaney taking 4 wickets with other bowlers doing a marvelous job with a disciplined bowling. The good work done by the bowlers was however not complimented by their batsmen as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals, with some resistance coming from Mullaney and Read, but their effort getting nullified by a controlled bowling by Rushworth taking 3 wickets and others supporting well without allowing any room for the batsmen to dominate. Notts played their last match against Yorkshire at Trent Bridge and won it by a handsome margin of 22 runs defending 143. After losing their opener Jacques with no score on board, the batsmen down the line kept a cool head and a superb 52 off 38 balls by Taylor helped the team set a target of 143; Gurney and Fletcher doing a good job with the ball taking 2 and 3 wickets respectively. They should be able to repeat the job now against the confident looking Durham and maintain its lead.
The teams are equally matched in terms of talented players and the will power to succeed; while the Notts are looking good with their recent performance but Durham looks better placed to win the match.
Hampshire Royals, 1.72 @ Bet365