About the Match
Durham with 6 points in their bag, stand in the sixth position in the North Group of the ongoing NatWest T20 Blast and they will take on third-place holders Worcestershire, who have 9 points, on 30th June at Chester-Le-Street. Durham defeated Yorkshire by 6 runs D/L method and they will be eager to continue with their winning momentum; Worcs on the other hand have suffered 3 consecutive defeats and this is a crucial match for them in order to make a comeback. Both teams will try to come out all guns blazing so as to dominate the other on the field and win the match.
The bowlers did a fine job restricting the Yorks to 134 runs; Rushworth was superb with his 3-14 while other pacemen Arshad and Coughlin took 2 wickets each. Borthwick claimed 2 scalps with his legbreak and helped get the opposition all-out. With rains bringing D/L method into play, the target of 63 from less than 10 overs was an easy challenge and they achieved it with some hiccups in the middle. Stoneman and Pringle sored 20+ runs each but others like all-rounder Ben Stokes who was coming back after injury Mustard and Muchall were dismissed for single digits causing some worry.
Against Northants however, the batting line-up struggled with top-order players like Stoneman, Mustard, Burnham and Richardson all getting out cheaply with only 9 runs on board during the chase for 162. Collingwood, Borthwick and Jennings tried to revive the innings but they lost in a humiliating way by 26 runs. Earlier, Coughlin registered a superb 5-42 but it went in vain.
While the bowlers are performing well, the batsmen need to pull up their socks; the last time they met Worcs, the batting line-up messed up but this time they will be prepared for a tough fight.
Kohler-Cadmore had found success against the Durham bowlers the last time they played as he posted a heroic 127 off just 54 balls to take the total to a massive 225. Brett D’Oliveira contributed well with an unbeaten 39 off 21 and the bowlers had successfully defended it thanks to a superb 5-33 by Joe Leach. Spinner Santner and paceman Matt Henry had taken 3 wickets between them to stifle the opponents to 187 runs, helping win the match by 38 runs. They will be eager to repeat that magic here again to uplift their campaign from its present dire situation.
They have suffered three consecutive defeats recently with the match against Lancashire showing a poor form of the batsmen as they succumbed to pressure and couldn’t chase down a lowly 150 runs. Oliveira was the only one to score in double figures with a 16 while the entire batting unit was wiped out with precision by the Lancs. The good efforts of the bowlers, who provide quick breakthroughs earlier, went in vain as Cadmore, Daryl Mitchell and others put up a dismal show.
Against the Notts, the bowlers found it difficult to defend 165 despite Oliveira taking 2-20, and Moeen Ali, Leach and Barnard contributing with 4 wickets in total. While their bowling looks strong, there’s lot of work to be done in the batting department.
The Worcs need a win here and they will draw inspiration from their earlier win against Durham; however, Durham with its recent form in all departments looks better placed to emerge victorious