Steelbacks v Durham t20 QF Preview


In a massive Friends Life t20 Quarter Final clash, a packed County Ground will see the Steelbacks host Durham here at the County Ground tonight. The Steelbacks finished top of the Midlands/Wales/West group with 14 points after they won 7 of their 10 group games.

The Steelbacks have been the surprise team of the competition this year after struggling last season. New additions Muhammad Azhar Ullah, Steven Crook and Matthew Spriegel have all added to the side this year, with Azhar Ullah coming out of the group stages as the top wicket taker in the competition with 23 wickets. Another star performer for the Steelbacks in the group stages was all-rounder David Willey who contributed in all areas, as he was sixth in most wickets taken with 16 and he also made some brilliant run outs.

Durham were part of the very competitive North group and managed to come third behind Nottinghamshire and Lancashire on 11.75 points after winning 6 of their 10 games. Durham have some big names at their disposal such as England player Graham Onions and former England t20 captain Paul Collingwood. But the star player for Durham in the competition this season has been wicket keeper batsman Phil Mustard who scored 333 runs in the group stages.

Tickets will be available on the gate from 4pm today. Adult tickets will cost £28 and juniors will cost £8. Advance tickets will be available for collection from ticket points on the Abington Avenue entrance. The game will begin at 7.10pm.

The Lower Spencer Pavillion (Members area) will be open to all supporters on matchday due to the high demand for seating.  There will be no car parking on site but there is free parking available at Abington Park. We advise all to arrive early for this match.



Kyle Coetzer
Alex Wakely*
Cameron White
Steven Crook
David Willey
Matthew Spriegel
Ben Duckett
James Middlebrook
David Murphy+
Lee Daggett
Muhammad Azhar Ullah
Rob Keogh

Team News

After losing to Worcestershire Royals in their last group game, the Steelbacks have made 3 changes.

David Willey and Muhammad Azhar Ullah return to the side, after being rested for the final group game. They replace Andrew Hall and Olly Stone.

Richard Levi is unavailable for selection, due to his international commitments of playing for South Africa against Sri Lanka. Ben Duckett has gained release from his England under-19 duties for this one game and comes into the middle order.

Alex Wakely is captain once again, as he hopes to lead his side all the way to Finals Day at Edgbaston.

Steelbacks v Durham t20 QF Preview