Date & Time: Friday, August 23, 23:00 IST
Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, England
Will Yorkshire keep their hopes alive?
The Group stage of T20 Blast is only a week away, but there is no clear Top.4 yet in the North Group. Apart from Lancashire who have almost confirmed a place by topping the table with 16 points, the remaining teams are all in contention for the remaining three spots. In that very context, Friday’s clash against Durham will hold key for Yorkshire which is at the bottom of the table. Having won only one game in the season thus far, Yorkshire still has a mathematical chance of making it to the Top.4 if others’ results go in their favor given that they win the remaining four games. On the other side, Durham which is placed at No.5 in the points table needs to win at least two games in the remaining three to make it to the Top 4.
Yorkshire Possible XI: Tom Kohler-Cadmore (C), Adam Lyth, David Willey, Jack Leaning, Jordan Thompson, Jonathan Tattersall (WK), Tim Bresnan, Keshav Maharaj, Duanne Olivier, Matthew Waite, Jack Shutt.
Durham Possible XI: D’Arcy Short, Scott Steel, Alex Lees, Peter Handscomb, Graham Clark, Stuart Poynter (C & WK), Liam Trevaskis, Jack Burnham, Matty Potts, Brydon Carse, Nathan Rimmington
The surface in Chester-le-Street hasn’t been easy for run-scoring in the season, as the average score of teams batting first in the season is recorded around 134. The forecast is quite clear for the day with temperatures hovering in the lower 20°C during the match time.
D Arcy Short
He has been the most consistent player for Durham in the season, as he is leading the run charts for the side with 368 runs from 9 innings. Adding to it, he has also been amongst the top wicket-takers for the side in the season with 9 wickets. His consistency makes him an irresistible choice for the Dream11 cricket team in today’s match.
He has complemented Short pretty well at the top of the order so far in the season. He is only behind Short when it comes to runs scored for the side in the tournament, where he has scored 277 runs from 9 innings. He has scored three 30+ scores in the last 3 games which make him a worthy pick for Dream11 fantasy cricket players.
He is among the leading run-scorers for Yorkshire in the season with 226 runs from 6 innings played so far. In those 6 innings, he has gone past 30+ score thrice. Adding to it, he also proved to be handy with his off-breaks whenever the team needed. His batting at the top alone makes him a worthy pick for your Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
He is yet to come up with his best performance in the season. He has been moderate both the bat and ball so far. The very form has made him bat in the middle order which he is not accustomed to in recent times. But now, with the side in a dire situation to win, he might come up with a match-defining performance in today’s match.