Date & Time: Wednesday, July 31, 23:00 IST
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, England
Will Leicestershire start building momentum or will Durham continue winning trend?
Leicestershire and Durham haven’t had a great run in the tournament. Both the teams have one and two wins respectively so far. Leicestershire’s only win came in the last game against Nottinghamshire where the game reduced to 11 overs a side. On the other hand, Durham failed to continue the winning momentum with losing alternative matches after a victory. Both the sides’ bowling units have gone through some sort of trashing in their losses. When these two sides met earlier in the season, Durham chased down 159 in 11.1 overs.
Durham 14-member squad: 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, Graham Clark, Chris Rushworth, Gareth Harte.
Leicestershire 13-member squad: Mark Cosgrove, Harry Swindells, Arron Lilley, Colin Ackermann (C), Harry Dearden, Lewis Hill (WK), Aadil Ali, Dieter Klein, Callum Parkinson, Gavin Griffiths, Will Davis, Ben Mike, Chris Wright.
The surface at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-street has been sporting enough in recent times, where the average score of teams that bat first is around 150. The forecast is for few showers early in the match which could aid pacers more.
Leicestershire may have had a poor run so far in the season but the Captain hasn’t given up on any occasion. He is amongst the top run-getters for the side so far. Adding to it, he was the leading run-scorer for the side in this year’s Royal London Cup where he scored 428 runs in 8 matches. His present form makes him the most sorted out Player in Dream11 cricket team for today’s match.
He may be playing in the first season of T20 Blast, but he has become the central cog of Durham’s batting order. He is a consistent performer for the side with the bat in the tournament, where he scored 178 runs in 4 matches. His form at the top of the order allows Short to play his natural game. There is every chance he will come up with another vital knock as he has come into the season on the back of the good form in Durham second XI matches.
D Arcy Short
He is the vital cog of Durham batting lineup. Whenever he came up with a good knock the team was on the winning side. He is only behind Steel in the leading run-scorers chart for the side in the tournament. He is also handy with the ball for the side where he has picked 4 wickets.