NOR vs DUR Dream11 : Durham Cricket look to climb into the top 4 when they come across bottom of the points tally Northamptonshire Steelbacks
As we rummage our way towards the business end of the Vitality Blast, every encounter comes bearing with it massive ramifications for the 18 sides. And there couldn’t have been a better match to hammer down this narrative than today’s clash between Northamptonshire Steelbacks and Durham Cricket with both the sides suffering the consequences of instability in the league.
With the three wins and three defeats, Durham Cricket find themselves persistently chasing a spot in the top 4. The moment the side look to be making headways, they are pushed back in their quest of breaking through into the revered spots, something their outing the last time around epitomised.
Playing against Lancashire Lightning, an adverse batting effort by Durham Cricket saw them being put down by 5 wickets as Lancashire chased down the 140 run target set to them with relative ease. And Durham Cricket who have changed their name from Durham Jets will be wishing that an overhaul in the side’s name will help overturn their harrowing defeat as well when they take on the Steelbacks today.
With the Steelbacks nailed down in the bottom spot on North Group with just one win to their name, the side stand in fear of becoming the first side to exit the league. They have failed to inspire, being forever embroiled in an impasse courtesy of their batting and bowling unit with the side failing to defend 180 against Derbyshire Falcons the last time around.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
This pitch is going to be a fantastic track for batting. The last time the two sides competed on this surface, they both concurrently ended up scoring in excess of 180 and today will be no different. The ball will come on extremely nicely to the bat and expect the runs to pour in this encounter. The side winning the toss will be looking to bat first here.
Probable Playing 11
- Cameron Bancroft will not be available for Durham Cricket for the rest of the league.
Richard Levi, Ben Curran, Adam Rossington(w), Joshua Cobb(c), Alex Wakely, Dwaine Pretorius, Faheem Ashraf, Ben Sanderson, Luke Procter, Tom Sole, Charlie Thurston
Scott Steel, D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Stuart Poynter (Captain/WK), Ben Raine, Jack Burnham, Liam Trevaskis, Matthew Potts, Graham Clark, Alex Lees, Nathan Rimmington
NOR vs DUR Probable Winner
It’s a tricky proposition to determine a winner from this encounter but we are going to be siding with Glamorgan for this one solely due to the nature of the Steelbacks bowling unit. The side are ridden with glaring holes in the bowling unit, one which should allow Durham to ease off their batting conundrum here and make a big score.
This should be a win for Durham Cricket who’ll move into the coveted top 4 spot courtesy of the result.
Match: Northamptonshire Steelbacks vs Durham Cricket
Date And Time: 7th August, Wednesday- 11:00pm IST
Venue: The County Ground, Northampton
- Alex Wakely, Ben Sanderson, Luke Procter, Charlie Thurston
- Scott Steel, D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Liam Trevaskis
Dream 11 Picks
Wicket-Keepers for NOR vs DUR Dream11
In a department which is suffering a serious dearth of options, Adam Rossington emerges as the only viable choice. The Steelbacks’ wicket-keeper scored 50 in his previous match, hitting it in 33 balls as he went onto put on a stellar 103 run partnership for the first wicket.
Batsmen for NOR vs DUR Dream11
Number 4 bat Alex Wakely comes in as well from the side with he being someone who can not only hit quick runs but go onto build well crafted partnerships as well. This is a surface where he scored 27 in 18 balls the last time around and his ability to find the boundary is going to serve him well in this encounter.
From Durham we are roping in opener Scott Steel. He might have faltered in the previous match but expect him to get back to scoring ways in this encounter against a bowling unit who have found it tough to restrict scoring. With 39 in the last match, Alex Lees comes in as well with us wrapping up the trio of picks from the side with Peter Handscomb coming in for us given the massive skill set imbued in him.
All-Rounders for NOR vs DUR Dream11
24 with the bat and 2-27 with the ball in the previous match and D’Arcy Short comes into our side. The biggest reason for picking him up was not that showing but the fact that he’s come up with such astute displays on a consistent basis, roping into our side a slew of points. We are choosing Liam Trevaskis as well with his left arm brand of offspin bound to massively rile up the oppositions’ right handed batsmen.
Bowling Order for NOR vs DUR Dream11
Both of Bryon Carse and Nathan Rimmington are selected by us. The reason for opting for them was simple, they both are bowlers who’ll out in the death overs, a period when batsmen are looking to up the ante and end up handing out wickets in their quest.
With Durham at times being too prone to fall apart and bundle out, we have a duo come in from the other side as well in the form of Nathan Buck and Graeme White. White was especially impressive in the last match, going at just 7 runs per over in a match where 180 were scored by both the outfits and we see him getting an influx of wickets for us.
Captain And Vice-Captain for NOR vs DUR Dream11
We have opted for Steel to be our side’s captain while Short is the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, their performances in recent time, how the two teams have fared in the cricketing fraternity over the course of the last year, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players who are expected to dole out the maximum points.