About the Match
Languishing at the bottom of the table, Paul Coughlin led Durham is all set to take on Lancashire on 23rd July 2017 at Old Trafford, Lancashire's home ground. Lancashire have won only two games out of their five, but have garnered six crucial points due to one no result game and a tie against Yorkshire. Durham, on the other hand, is yet to make a mark in the tournament and sit at the bottom of the table. It's high time for them to start getting some wins so as to get into top four. Another loss would certainly take them further away from the pack.
Liam Livingstone is oozing with confidence since his stint for England against South Africa. Although he wasn't as fluent in that T20I series, the improved confidence can clearly be seen while he's playing in Natwest T20 Blast. Riding on his form at the top of the order, other batsmen have thrived to keep them afloat in the top half of the table.
Their previous game which was against Worcestershire was completely washed out. Before that, they scored a comprehensive victory against Derbyshire, thanks to superb bowling display by Matthew Parkinson. Chasing a total of 152, openers Karl Brown and Liam Livingstone provided a steady start with Livingstone falling in just under five overs for a personal score of 23. Karl Brown, Aaron Lilley, and Steven Croft followed soon leaving them tottering at 4 down for 72. A late order flourish from Jos Buttler, Dane Vilas and Ryan Mclaren saw them home with nine deliveries to spare.
Lancashire started off the tournament on a positive note but lost a match in between. A couple of '1-point' matches have interrupted their momentum when they were looking strong to reach the top of the table. Jos Buttler is in incredible form and Lancashire will be looking up to him to register yet another victory.
While Durham was winless prior to their previous game, Leicestershire can into the fixture with three consecutive wins to their name. That trend was maintained after the conclusion of the game as well. Durham appeared to be on top at the halfway stage with a target of 145 to get.
Their downtrend started with Adam Hickey and Graham Clarke back into the hut with just fourteen on the board. Paul Coughlin posted a fighting 42, but the team on whole could muster only a total of 117. Earlier in the day, Paul Collingwood bowled brilliantly and bagged four crucial wickets.
Durham have already played against Lancashire in which they were defeated by a humongous margin of 52 runs. Chasing 192 runs, Durham were restricted for 152 with Collingwood top scoring for them. Amidst gloomy tournament so far, Collingwood has been their only glowing star. With tough game ahead in the do-or-die situation, they'd want their experienced stars to guide them home.
Durham is clearly struggling in the competition with no one consistent enough in their batting. Bowling has delivered at times, but batting has let them down on each occasion. Lancashire, on the other hand, is having a nice run in the competition and look well set to register yet another victory