About the Match
Paul Collingwood is proving that T20 is not just a young man’s game as he backed up his century with a fantastic 88 not out and guided Durham to a win against Yorkshire. Is there room for a third miraculous inning or maybe someone else to step it up against Nottinghamshire?
The Outlaws enter this game as the firm favorites, however, we doubt that they would be complacent after seeing Durham’s (or Paul Collingwood’s) performance in the last match. There is a place at the top of the table that is beckoning Nottinghamshire if they win this match and in contrast, their opponents have just won 2 matches out of 9 to be firmly at the bottom of the table.
Their last match against Derbyshire was very close as they eventually won by 8 runs. One of the things that came to the fore was their batting strength that is spread right through the entire batting order. Alex Hales fell cheaply but Wessels, Moores, Taylor, Christian, and Patel all chipped in with very useful runs.
The ability to continue scoring runs at a fair clip even if one of their premier batsmen fails is probably the biggest strength that the Outlaws possess.
A spirited chase by the Falcons put the bowling under pressure and the only people to escape unscathed were Samit Patel, Harry Gurney and Jake Ball. Ish Sodhi went for plenty of runs for the second consecutive match and it would be becoming a little disconcerting for the team management to see their second spinner failing to make much of an impact.
There is no doubt that the Outlaws were pushed by the Falcons but we honestly fail to see how they could slip against the Jets with the talent they possess.
What will happen to the Durham Jets once Paul Collingwood gets out cheaply? That is exactly the question that punters need to ask themselves because even with his masterly 88 not out at a strike rate of 162.96 in the last match, Durham was only able to get 157 in its 20 overs.
Collingwood followed that up with four miserly overs for 26 runs as well as Durham put in what was probably their best bowling performance of the season.
Will Durham take immense confidence from that win? Undoubtedly. Can they depend on Paul Collingwood to keep the entire team afloat on his shoulders? Unlikely.
To be honest, Usman Arshad also did an excellent job with both the bat and ball. His partnership with Collingwood was useful in the middle order and his four overs for just 20 runs helped put the squeeze on Yorkshire.
The real point of concern for Durham will be the gulf that exists between Paul Collingwood and everyone else. He now has almost twice the runs of the next best batsman in the team and is just one wicket behind the top wicket-taker.
He and skipper Paul Coughlin are the two players that will worry the opposition but there is very little quality around them.
We do not think this fairy tale can continue for a third consecutive match.
Pitch and Conditions
A sunny day with clear skies has been forecast for this match. This means that we should get a full match one of the best batting pitches in the entire country. We could have a batting exhibition if Nottinghamshire gets to bat first.
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