The struggling Leicestershire side will tour Durham to face the hosts in the T20 Blast game at Chester-le-Street. The two teams faced off in the T20 Blast game last week. Leicestershire hosted that game which was dominated by Durham. Openers D’Arcy Short (77* off 36) and Scott Steel (70 off 30) ensured the 159-run chase finished off in only 11.1 overs thanks to their 133-run opening stand.
Leicestershire has lost three consecutive matches before registering Nottinghamshire in last game. Leicester, who are currently at the bottom of North Group, beat Nottingham by 21 runs during an 11-over match. On the other hand, Durham has won alternative matches they played. In the recent most game, their bowling got blown away by Worcestershire who chased 182 in only 12.1 overs.
The North Group game in the Vitality T20 Blast 2019 will be played between Durham and Leicestershire 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 is a low scoring venue when compared to the other grounds in England. The average first innings score in the recent five T20s reads only 151. A thrilling contest is expected at this venue on Thursday.
Average first innings score: 151 (Last five completed T20 Blast matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 4
Probable Playing XIs:
D’Arcy Short, Scott Steel, Ben Raine, Alex Lees, Peter Handscomb, Jack Burnham, Stuart Poynter (C & WK), Liam Trevaskis, Matthew Potts, Brydon Carse, Nathan Rimmington.
Bench: Graham Clark, Chris Rushworth, Gareth Harte.
Mark Cosgrove, Harry Swindells, Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann (C), Harry Dearden, Lewis Hill (WK), Aadil Ali, Dieter Klein, Callum Parkinson, Gavin Griffiths, Will Davis.
Bench: Chris Wright, Ben Mike
Injury and Availability News:
(Will be added when there is an update)
Scott Steel in the T20 format: 37, 58, 70, 13
178 in 4 innings at an average of 48.45 with help of 3 scores of 30+ including two fifties
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain options – D’Arcy Short, Colin Ackermann, Scott Steel, Mark Cosgrove
Vice-captain options – Peter Handscomb, Ben Raine, Callum Parkinson, Alex Lees
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Lewis Hill
Batsmen – Alex Lees, Mark Cosgrove (VC), Scott Steel, Peter Handscomb
All-Rounders – D’Arcy Short (C), Colin Ackermann
Bowlers – Aaron Lilley, Nathan Rimmington, Gavin Griffiths,
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Lewis Hill
Batsmen – Mark Cosgrove, Graham Clark, Scott Steel (C), Harry Dearden
All-Rounders – Ben Raine, Colin Ackermann (VC), D’Arcy Short
Bowlers – Aaron Lilley, Nathan Rimmington, Matthew Potts
There are three players who can put an end to the confusion with a lot of choices available in the bowlers’ category. Aaron Lilley’s chances of batting higher and Nathan Rimmington’s wicket-taking ability are to be noted.
Durham is expected to edge past Leicestershire if their batting comes out good.
*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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