About the Match
Durham is standing tall in the north group, occupying the first position on the points table with 8 points and NRR of 0.070. They will go up against Worcestershire on 12th June at Riverside Ground, Chester-Le-Street. Durham has played seven games and won four so far and will try to continue and enjoy the supreme place; the opponents on the other hand are placed at the sixth spot with 4 points earned from two victories. Both sides will definitely come out all guns blazing to overcome the challenges set by the opponent on Friday and accumulate two more points in their bag.
Worcestershire faced a narrow defeat against Nottinghamshire losing the contest by 11 runs. The visitors piled up 169 and the hosts were sent back to the pavilion for 158 with four deliveries to spare. Moeen Ali made smooth progress to 36 off 24 balls while Ross Whitely also did his best to score the same number of runs from 18 balls. Jack Shantry was expensive but took 2 wickets but despite a comeback by Ajmal and Ali who took 2 crucial wickets between them, they couldn’t stop the run-flow of the opponent. Worcestershire registered victory against Northants by a margin of 14 runs in their 3rd match after powering 211 runs batting first. Moeen Ali blasted 90 off mere 50 deliveries while Mitchell, Tom Kohler and Ross Whitely chipped in steady runs. The team has many good players with both bat and bowl, who can turn the game in their favor at any time; Moeen Ali along with Ross Whiteley have been the chief run makers while Daryl Mitchell is another fluent batsmen but the rest of them need to work hard to stabilize the innings. Their bowling revolves around Jack Shantry, Joe Leach, Saeed Ajmal, Moeen Ali, Ed Barnard and Daryl Mitchell, who are quite capable of rendering the opponent helpless when the situation demands.
Durham was defeated by Warwickshire in the last match by a large difference of seven wickets; the batsmen did well to put up 163-7 but the bowlers couldn’t defend the total, allowing the opponents to smash 164 while keeping seven wickets intact. While batting first, Calum MacLeod top-scored with 41 off 27 balls, Ben Stokes scored 40 off 28 balls and Gordon Muchall posted an unbeaten 30 but their efforts went in vain at the end. John Hastings, Scott Borthwick and Usman Arshad claimed a wicket each but the others gave away too many runs. Durham, in their 5th match defeated Derbyshire by a narrow margin 5 runs wherein Collingwood’s 41 off 31 and Mark Stoneman’s 28 runs carried Durham to a modest 148; however, John Hastings scalped 3-29 while Usman Arshad and Scott Borthwick picked up 2 wickets each to restrict Derbyshire to 142. Overall, their batting squad looks strong with McLeod, Stokes, Muchall, Stoneman, Collingwood and Phil Mustard who have been performing well so far in the tournament. Usman Arshad is their best bowler with 12 wickets till now while John Hastings, Scott Borthwick, Ryan Pringle and Ben Stokes bowl sensibly and also provide the depth to the attack.
Both teams suffered a loss in their previous matches and are eager to bounce back with a win here. Worcestershire has performed well so far with their top order batsmen giving tough fights to their opponents compared to Durham and we feel that they have greater chance to win the upcoming match.