About the Match
Group B toppers Nottingham will take on Durham, who came in fourth in Group A in the first quarter-final clash of the Royal ODI Cup on 25th August at Nottingham. The Notts earned a home game after finishing with 12 points, after rain washed away their last league against Hampshire; this will be a good time for the hosts to renew their campaign with a much-needed win to progress further in the tournament. Durham had defeated Derbyshire and Leics in their last two games and will be motivated to continue with their winning momentum; it needs to be seen which side can outwit the other and emerge victorious to book a semi-final berth on Tuesday.
Their defeat against Kent was unexpected after the posted 335 runs; James Taylor scored 109 off 111 to provide the boost while Alex Hales’ impressive 81 off 77 kept the foundation strong. Riki Wessels and Daniel Christian provided good support but the lower-middle order collapsed without a fight; the bowlers couldn’t defend the total although Brett Hutton was superb with a 3-wicket haul.
Against Middlesex, they defended 295 runs with help from Imran Tahir, who took 3-38 to stifle the opponents; Samit Patel performed well claiming 3 wickets, giving away only 45 runs while Hutton provided support with 2 wickets. The batsmen were led by Wessels, who posted a massive 132 off 118 but others like Lumb, Hales, James and Brendan Taylor failed to click.
Overall, they have a strong batting line-up with the likes of James Taylor, who is in good form along with Brendan, Wessels, Alex Hales and Steven Mullaney; they need to be consistent with both bat and ball in order to continue with their supremacy on the field and make it to the semi-finals.
Winning against Derbyshire by a big margin of 55 runs helped them book the quarter-final berth; the middle order batsmen had built strong partnerships to take the total to a respectable 247 with Richardson being the top scorer with 56 off 77. The credit goes to the bowlers for keeping their nerves together to take the team home to victory; Hastings was superb with 4-24, controlling the run-flow of the opposition and plucking wickets at will to put them in a dominating position. Borthwick, Collingwood and Onions provided support with the wickets while Rushworth made a dent on Derby’s run-scoring.
However, against Gloucs, their batting line-up was exposed with the D/L situation tormenting their hopes to make it to 286-run target; Hastings brought his all-rounder skills to the forefront by posting a well-made 46 off 41 and also taking 2 wickets but it went in vain as they lost by 71 runs.
Borthwick, Hastings, Rushworth and Collingwood have been performing well but they need a good support by the batsmen in order to help convert opportunities to victories here; with a bit of motivation and a strong game plan, they can overcome the Notts to keep their campaign alive.
Although Durham has a well-balanced team with strong batsmen and in-form bowlers, the Notts have the home advantage coupled with their talented side, to make them clear favourites to win the match and reserve a semi-final berth here on Tuesday