The Steelbacks finish their NatWest T20 Blast campaign tonight, with the longest away trip of the competition, as they travel to Chester-le-Street to take on Durham Jets.
Last Time the Sides Met
The last time these two sides met, the weather caused the game to be abandoned after just 10 overs. This was a big blow for the Steelbacks, who made a strong start with the ball, limiting Durham to just 69/4 at the halfway mark of the innings.
In their previous game the Steelbacks hosted Nottinghamshire Outlaws here at the County Ground. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first,on what looked a very good pitch and got off to strong start, as openers Steven Mullaney (22) and Alex Hales (28) put on 54 for the first wicket. After the openers went in quick succession, Samit Patel (42) and Riki Wessels (64) took over racking up a 102 run partnership, which helped the visitors finish on 174/6. Steven Crook and Muhammad Azhar Ullah were the pick of the Steelbacks bowlers, as they took three wickets each.
In reply, the hosts didn’t get off to a great start, losing both openers in the third over, after having only scored nine runs. However the game seemed to be shifting in the Steelbacks favour, as Kyle Coetzer (67) and Steven Crook (37) built a 60 run partnership, but things went downhill after Crook was caught. The hosts eventually finished on 152/7, losing by 22 runs.
Durham’s last game saw them travel to Manchester, to take on Lancashire Lightning at Emirates Old Trafford. The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first, thanks to openers Usman Khawaja (44) and Ashwell Prince (43) making a fast start, Lancashire were able to finish on 164/8. Gareth Breese was the pick of the Durham bowlers, as he recorded figures of 3 for 19. In reply, despite an impressive 49 from opener Phil Mustard, the Durham batsmen really struggled to get going, as the Lancashire bowlers led by Kabir Ali limited Durham to 137/7, winning by 27 runs.
Ones to Watch
Scotsman Calum Macleod has been the stand out player for Durham this season, having scored 294 runs at an average of 36.75 in his first season with the club. Whilst veteran all-rounder Paul Collingwood has been showing there is no substitute for experience having taken 15 wickets at an average of 16.1, whilst only giving away 6.2 runs per over.
David Ripley has made no changes to the squad, ahead of the team’s final game in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Muhammad Azhar Ullah