The Steelbacks look to get back to winning ways in the NatWest T20 Blast on Friday Night, as they host Durham Jets, in what is a replay of last years T20 Quarter Final.
The Steelbacks will be pleased to be playing in front of what is expected to be a packed County Ground once again, after struggling on the road last week.
Last Time Round
In their last game, the Steelbacks faced Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford. Having won the toss, the home side elected to bat first and thanks to strong performances from their top order, in particular Jos Buttler who hit an unbeaten 58 from 26 balls, Lancashire finished on 187/3. In reply, the Steelbacks had a bad start as openers Richard Levi and David Willey fell in two balls, with the score on three. Despite starting off well David Sales (25), Rob Keogh (28) and Matthew Spriegel (32), were not able to stay in long enough, to help the Steelbacks chase down their big target, as the visitors fell 53 runs short.
Last week Durham hosted Leicestershire Foxes, on what was a good batting surface. The visitors won the toss and chose to bowl first. Scot, Calum MacLeod and Gordon Muchall were the pick of the Durham batsmen, scoring 42 and 43 respectively, as Durham finished on 177/3. In reply Leicestershire paced themselves well, as they chased down their target with five balls to spare. The pick of the Durham bowlers were Keaton Jennings and veteran all-rounder Paul Collingwood who took two wickets each in the loss.
The last time these two sides met in this competition, was in the quarter-final here at a packed County Ground last year. The Steelbacks won the toss and elected to bat first and the top order got the job done in fine fashion, as the top three batsmen Kyle Coetzer, David Willey and Cameron White all scored over 40, with White being the star as he hit an unbeaten 58 from 32 balls. In reply, disciplined bowling by the Steelbacks attack in particular Lee Daggett, who had figures of 1 for 13 from four overs, limited Durham to 147/6, as the Steelbacks won by 36 runs.
Durham have several dangerous T20 players in their squad, none more so than England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who last year smashed 51 from 29 balls in the quarter-final. Another player to watch out for is Calum MacLeod who has been very impressive so far this season. MacLeod has scored 250 runs at an average of 62 and has impressed many of those who have watched him.
The only change to the squad that faced Lancashire, is that Ian Butler isn’t fit enough to be a part of the 13-man squad.
Muhammad Azhar Ullah
Durham Jets Squad
The NatWest T20 Blast game against the Durham Jets at the County Ground will start at 18:30 with gates opening at 16.30.
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