About the Match
The Durham Jets continue to sink lower and lower as they maintain their perfect losing record. Traveling to a red-hot Yorkshire in these circumstances is not going to be easy but their fans would be hoping for something special before the tournament ends. Yorkshire, on the other hand, would be very keen to pick up a win and go clear at the top of the table.
A single loss from six matches so far sounds excellent but a tie and a washout temper the excitement somewhat. Still, the Yorkshire Vikings have been a playing a brand of exciting cricket that is making viewers look up everywhere.
David Willey is renowned for his bowling and the ability to pick up some early wickets on the International stage but it is his batting that has been an absolute revelation in this tournament. He is the highest scorer for Yorkshire and the third highest overall with 278 runs to his name.
These runs include a century, 17 sixes and an overall strike rate of 182.89
Can he continue in this same vein or will bowlers finally figure out the best way to stop him? A part of the reason why Willey can bat with such freedom is because of the presence of batsmen like Adam Lyth, Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb around him. Jack Leaning is no mug with the bat either and can provide big hits coming in at during the death overs.
A strong batting lineup coupled with some excellent batting surfaces have made Yorkshire a very scary place for opposition bowlers.
Yorkshire’s bowling is also not too bad either with Tim Bresnan, Adil Rashid, David Willer and the current highest wicket taker for their team, Azeem Rafiq all in good form.
The Jets continue to spiral into an ever increasing losing streak which now stands at five losses from five matches. The loss of five of their players from last year’s runners up squad has taken its toll and the current team does not seem to have too many more options to turn to.
The compressed nature of the tournament is also very difficult for teams that hit a rough patch and it is difficult to see how Durham can change things around.
Their only hope seems to be from a brilliant individual performance which in T20 cricket can be enough to overcome everything else. Graham Clark started off brightly in the last match before getting out and he could be one batsman in the top order to provide that spark, or maybe Cameron Steel who has just received a new contract from the county.
Paul Collingwood was moved up to three in the last match but that seems regressive to us. Collingwood is a useful player that is far beyond his best and even though the spark may continue to burn indefinitely in him, the game seems to have moved on to a more power based game.
It’s clear that the Durham Jets batting unit is failing when Paul Coughlin batting at 7 is the highest run scorer with 111 runs to his name. No batsman has managed to hit more than three sixes so far and not a single batsman is striking over 140.
Ryan Pringle and Chris Rushworth have been the pick of the bowlers but neither stands out as being a match winner.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at Leeds has been superb for batting with the ball coming on nicely and batsmen being able to play across the line. The Weather forecast for the match is for some rain and a consistent bit of cloud cover. Maybe Durham can finally break their losing streak thanks to the rain.
Yorkshire to win