About the Match
A potentially slippery match for Yorkshire is up next as they take on bottom placed Durham. The Jets, who have been absolutely hapless this season may not have anything to gain in this tournament any longer but they also have nothing to lose and that makes them unpredictable.
The Jets played out of their skin in the last game against fellow bottom feeders, Worcestershire, to score 201. That score was achieved by a fantastic hundred from Paul Collingwood who continues to defy the conventional notion of age. His 108 not out came from just 60 balls and contained 4 sixes.
That and a fifty from Graham Clark formed the basis for what should have been a winning score but Joe Clarke’s 124 from 53 balls with 8 sixes ended up winning the match for Worcestershire.
Durham will be pleased that they were competitive in their last match but that still does not change the fact that they are dead last in the North table and have only one win from eight matches. There are plenty of problems plaguing Durham including a severe dependency on just a couple of batsmen.
Collingwood, Coughlin, and Clark are the three batsmen that Durham depends on for most of their runs and even if a couple of them get out early, the Jets cannot seem to get any sort of momentum into their inning.
The bowling cupboard also appears similarly bare. Rushworth, Weighell, Collingwood, Coughlin, and Pringle have been ineffective at keeping the runs down or taking wickets at important junctures.
This is a case of a season that started at a disadvantage and has spiraled out of control. Only more brilliant individual performances can win a match or two for Durham.
The Yorkshire Vikings were beaten by an in-form Derbyshire team at home even though they did not do too much wrong. After having scored a par for the course 180, Yorkshire would have hoped that their bowling lineup would be able to defend that total with ease.
But a poor day in the office for Adil Rashid and Azeem Rafiq changed the course of the match.
There were some positive to be taken from that defeat though. Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore continued their good form and David Willey threatened to get going for a bit before Shaun Marsh and Sarfaraz Ahmed added the bulk of the runs in the latter overs.
Marsh and Ahmed are high-quality international players that are in form and should prove to be a huge asset for Yorkshire down the road.
Tim Bresnan also showed that he can wield the long handle effectively as well.
The bowling was not too bad, to be honest for the most part but they ran into a blistering hot Wayne Madsen and a brilliant cameo from Gary Wilson that took away the game.
Against a much less threatening Durham batting lineup, the Yorkshire bowling should perform much better.
Pitch and Conditions
A cloudy but dry day has been forecast for the match which should hopefully translate into a complete and uninterrupted match. The team winning the toss would love to chase on a small ground. We are not ruling out the possibility of a 200 plus total being scored particularly if Yorkshire have first go.
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