About the Match
It’s a scrap between the bottommost two teams of the North Group as Worcestershire take on Durham. Both the teams have won only one match in the competition so far and any dreams that they may have of qualifying for the finals day seem to be purely mathematical at this point of time. No result will make a difference to either of their standings thanks to the 4 point penalty that Durham is handicapped with, however, there is plenty of pride at stake.
The Worcestershire Rapids lost pretty convincingly to the defending champions in their last game however they did pretty well to reach a score of 158 in the first place. The Rapids were batting first and found themselves at 58 for 4 after 9.2 overs and managed to stage a mini recovery to score another 100 runs in their remaining overs.
The six sixes man, Ross Whiteley, could not contribute much in this match but the threat of his big hitting is always going to keep the opposition weary. Mitchell Santner continues to prove to be a smart T20 pick as he once again contributed with both the bat and ball.
The Rapids have a decent batting lineup with players like Joe Clarke, Daryl Mitchell and OB Cox at the top. Santner, Whiteley, and Oliveira are also all pretty handy at the end.
The bowling though is overly dependent on Santner and Hastings, both of whom have been good without really taking the game away from oppositions. They are currently the joint highest wicket takers for the Rapids with 6 wickets each to their names.
The Durham Jets finally managed to end their losing streak in a seven match a side thrash against Leicestershire. It was a remarkable win after Leicestershire had threatened to run away with the match thanks to a blistering half century from Luke Ronchi but the batting exploits of Paul Collingwood and skipper Paul Coughlin proved to be just enough for the Jets to get past the line.
1 win from 7 matches sounds a lot better than no wins from 7 matches.
A short turnaround time for Durham means that they can carry some of the euphoria into their next match against Worcestershire. We would think that Durham should stick to the same kind of approach that they showed in this match even if they are playing a full 20 overs.
Paul Collingwood and Paul Coughlin looked unshackled and struck the ball with ease. The other batsmen did not come good but they too could benefit from an aggressive mindset. Graham Clark and Cameron Steel at the top have immense talent and the lower order of Burnham, Poynter, and Richardson can contribute as well.
The Jets struggle with their bowling though with Collingwood and Coughlin once again taking the lead with 7 and 6 wickets to their names respectively. The other bowlers have struggled to keep the pressure on allowing the opposition too many poor deliveries in every over.
Pitch and Conditions
The current forecast is for a sunny day with scattered showers in the middle. Unfortunately, in this part of the world, a few scattered showers can quickly become a downpour. The team winning the toss will look to chase to take advantage of the DLS system. The pitch at New Road is expected to be excellent for batting.
Worcestershire to win