About the Match
Worcestershire will host Durham on 5th July at Worcester in the upcoming match and will try to move ahead to the top spot with a win here; with 12 points from 9 matches they are placed at 2nd position in the table and will be eager to continue with their winning momentum till the end. On the other hand, Durham has 10 points from 10 matches and are placed at the 4th position; they will need to win at least two more games to remain in contention and three to seal the deal. It will surely be an exciting match as both teams will try to dominate the other and triumph on Sunday.
Worcestershire recovered from a dismal lower order collapse to beat Nottinghamshire by 20 runs in the last match; a format-best 75 off 39 from Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Richard Oliver’s 31 from 24 deliveries had the visitors eying a mammoth total but they lost 7 wickets for 56 and were all out for 173. On the bowling front, Joe Leach was the main wicket-taker as he returned with figures of 3-27 while Saeed Ajmal took 2 wickets to restrict the hosts to 153 runs.
They had surrendered their game against Northamptonshire by just two runs in a crunch fight wherein the latter piled up 193 runs and the hosts managed only 191 after losing six wickets; Ross Whiteley, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Daryl Mitchell and Colin Munro contributed 41, 36, 34 and 33 runs respectively but failed to cross the finish line.
The team has many all-rounders and talented players, who can turn the match at any stage with Moeen Ali doing well as an all-rounder while Ross Whiteley, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Daryl Mitchell and Colin Munro are capable to build tall scores. Saeed Ajmal and Jack Shantry are their supreme bowlers with 13 and 12 wickets so far in the tournament while Joe Leach performed well with 3 wickets in the last match; Ed Barnard and Brett D’Oliveira are assisting them nicely and they will definitely look to consolidate their position with a win here.
Durham recorded a comfortable 38-run win against Leicestershire in the last match with skipper Mark Stoneman registering the county’s second highest T20 score of an unbeaten 89 from 60 balls. Usman Arshad’s 28 off 19 helped Durham post a competitive total of 163 runs on board. On the bowling front, Arshad claimed 3-18 while John Hastings cleaned up in the end to finish with a superb 3-10 and Scott Borthwick took two wickets to bowl out Leicestershire for 125 runs.
They suffered a six-wicket defeat against Lancashire in their 9th match after getting bowled out for just 141 runs. Only Mark Stoneman top-scored with 51 off 29 balls and Paul Collingwood scored 25 but the other batsmen failed to build partnerships. Bowlers Chris Rushworth, Usman Arshad and Ryan Pringle took regular wickets but couldn’t stop the opposition from winning the match.
Overall, the team has a strong batting line-up with Stoneman, Usman Arshad, Paul Collingwood, John Hastings, Phil Mustard and Calum MacLeod doing well in recent games and are clever enough to set high targets or chasing with ease. With result oriented bowlers like Usman Arshad who has 18 wickets so far and Chris Rushworth, Collingwood, Ryan Pringle and Scott Borthwick, who can turn the match in their favour, the team looks well set to move forward with some more wins.
It will be a crucial encounter between Worcestershire and Durham as both teams have talented players, who are delivering results. Worcestershire have been giving a tougher fight to their opponents so far when compared to Durham and we expect the hosts to win the coming match