Lancashire are the only unbeaten side in the North Group as they won three matches while two other games ended got abandoned without even one ball was bowled. The return of their captain Liam Livingstone has strengthened an already strong team. They will now tour Chester-le-Street to face the hosts Durham as they look to extend their winning streak.
Durham, on the other hand, are placed at No.3 in their group. The team led by Stuart Poynter has secured three wins and lost twice in the five matches they played. D’Arcy Short’s all-rounder performances have been highlight for the club in this tournament so far. He is currently the leading run-getter of the tournament with 221 runs and also picked up six wickets.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Durham and Lancashire at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.
The match starts at 6:30 PM local time (11:00 PM IST) (5:30 PM GMT).
The Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street has been a lowing score venue as the average first innings score in the last six T20s reads only 150. The pitch here remains on the slower side and chasing low scores can be tricky. The opening partnership saved Durham in the previous match against Leicestershire here.
Average first innings score: 150 (Last six completed T20 Blast matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
D’Arcy Short, Scott Steel, Graham Clark, Ben Raine, Peter Handscomb, Alex Lees/Jack Burnham, Stuart Poynter (C & WK), Liam Trevaskis, Matthew Potts, Brydon Carse, Nathan Rimmington.
Bench: Chris Rushworth, Gareth Harte, Alex Lees/Jack Burnham.
Liam Livingstone, Alex Davies, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (C), Josh Bohannon, Keaton Jennings, James Faulkner, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson, Matt Parkinson.
Bench: Toby Lester, Rob Jones, Stephen Parry, Danny Lamb.
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Saqib Mahmood in the T20s since 2016:
13 wickets in seven matches at an average of 11.15 and a strike rate of 10.15 with help of 4-wicket haul and three 3-fers.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – D’Arcy Short, Liam Livingstone, Scott Steel, Steven Croft
Vice-captain – Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ben Raine, Alex Davis
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Dane Vilas
Batsmen – Liam Livingstone (VC), Scott Steel, Graham Clark, Alex Davies
All-Rounders – D’Arcy Short (C), Ben Raine, Glenn Maxwell
Bowlers – Ben Carson, Nathan Rimmington, Saqib Mahmood
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Dane Vilas
Batsmen – Graham Clark, Liam Livingstone (C), Peter Handscomb (VC)
All-Rounders – Ben Raine, Steven Croft, D’Arcy Short, Liam Trevaskis
Bowlers – Nathan Rimmington, Saqib Mahmood, Richard Gleeson
Durham will have a selection headache after the previous game. Their regular opener Scott Steel suffered back pain leaving his place of Graham Clarke who scored a fifty. This meant Alex Lees or Jack Burnham to be left out.
Durham might not be able to get under the skin of a strong Lancashire team.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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