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Against all odds, Durham have managed to defeat higher-seeded counties to stay in the top four and they now face a stern test against Worcestershire who are placed second on the points table. Worcestershire will host Durham at County Ground, Worcester on 3rd August 2018. Durham are on a winning spree and the battle between the two in-form teams is certainly going to be nail-biting.
Worcestershire's last match was washed out due to rain which hampered their progress a little as they were in rampaging mood in the match prior to that. They chased down a massive total set by Northants in with just under seven overs to spare.
Bowling first, Worcestershire kept chipping away with the wickets at regular intervals which never allowed the Northants to build any momentum whatsoever. Ed Bernard and PR Brown were brilliant with the ball in the middle overs as they pulled Northants back after a quick start. Finishing on 187 for 9 was nonetheless a decent effort by them which certainly required some chasing.
Martin Guptil and Joe Clarke started off brilliantly with the latter beginning the carnage by smearing flat sixes and threading two fours of Prasanna in the fifth over which resulted in 19 runs. The job started by Clarke was finished well by Martin Guptill as he smashed the bowlers all around the park to score his fourth T20 century - in just 35 deliveries. The Rapids have been in stupendous form right from the beginning of the series and it would be interesting to see their approach when they come out against Durham Jets.
Moeen Ali, Joe Clarke, Callum Ferguson, Brett D Oliveira, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Daryl Mitchell, WD Parnell, Ed Barnard, Luke Wood, Patrick Brown.
Durham have a strong set of numbers against Worcestershire as far as recent head to head goes. Of their last five matches, they've won three and lost just once against the Rapids. They'd be a confident side when they face the Rapids on Friday primarily due to their form this season.
They defeated the defending champions, Nottinghamshire, in their last match quite comfortably. It was their fourth win on the trot with the seniors of the side doing exceedingly well. The Jets bowled accurately after opting to bowl first. Chris Rushworth was superb early on as he got rid of dangerous Riki Wessels. He then dismissed Tom Moores to put Notts in all sorts of trouble.
Defending a small total wasn't going to be easy for Nottinghamshire and Durham batsmen ensured it to stay that way. Paul Collingwood and Graham Clark took the game away from the reigning-champions as the duo reached their fifty partnership off just 32 deliveries. Clark raced to a fifty in just 34 deliveries - his third in the competition. Weighell eventually sealed the match in an emphatic fashion as he clobbered Samit Patel for a maximum.
TWM Latham, Graham Clark, Ryan Davies, Liam Trevaskis, Ryan Pringle, Stuart Poynter, James Weighell, Nathan Rimmington, Barry McCarthy, Chris Rushworth, Ben whitehead.
Both the sides are coming into the match with winning momentum. Worcestershire's last match was abandoned for which they had to share points with Lancashire. Durham have won four games in a row and are looking in superb touch. Durham emerged on top when the two teams met last time in the competition and they look well placed to do it once again. Both the sides are coming into the match with winning momentum. Worcestershire's last match was abandoned for which they had to share points with Lancashire. Durham have won four games in a row and are looking in superb touch. Durham emerged on top when the two teams met last time in the competition, but due to Ben Stokes' absence, Rapids appear to be a little better side on paper and are favorites to emerge on top here.