Thursday, 4 June 2015

Derbyshire v Durham T20 preview

Can Derbyshire replicate last week's form against Durham tomorrow?

Looking at the Durham side, my head says 'no'. I think our bowling has a robust look to it and there's much to admire in the more professional way that we are bowling this year. Hit the lines and lengths, make the batsmen work and wait for them to make a mistake.

Nathan Rimmington adds his considerable talents to our attack tomorrow, while Ben Stokes should put a few derrieres on seats with his return from England duty.

The teams:

DERBYSHIRE (from): Dilshan, Durston, C Hughes, Elstone, Godleman, Thakor, Poynton, Knight, W White, Cork, Palladino, Rimmington, Cotton.
DURHAM (from): Stoneman, Mustard, Stokes, Collingwood, Muchall, Hastings, Pringle, Borthwick, Jennings, Arshad, Rushworth, Onions, Coughlin.

For me, Greg Cork and Tom Knight look most likely to miss out in our thirteen, though Knight could get a chance as a replacement for Scott Elstone, who doesn't appear to be in the best of nick right now. 

Tom is a clean striker of a cricket ball and is as good a fielder as any in the side. In the absence of Alex Hughes, he offers all-round ability, but he doesn't appear to have had a lot of bowling this year and Elstone's occasional off spin may see him get the nod.

If we play to potential, with greater experience in the side, there's a chance we could upset the form book, but the thinking money will be on a solid Durham side going away with the points.

Still, when did form have anything to do with cricket? 
Just ask Leicestershire, after they beat Essex yesterday...

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