2019 Royal London One-Day Cup – Worcestershire vs Durham Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Worcestershire vs Durham taking place? Wednesday 24th April, 2019 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is Worcestershire vs Durham taking place? Blackfinch New Road

What is the expected weather for Worcestershire vs Durham? Rain expected to affect play later in the afternoon from 3pm onwards

What channel is Worcestershire vs Durham in the UK? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Worcestershire vs Durham? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Worcestershire vs Durham? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

THE STATISTICS

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting: Durham beat Worcestershire by 9 runs (D/L method)

THE TEAM NEWS

WORCESTERSHIRE

Coach: Alex Gidman

Captain: Joe Leach

  • Worcestershire won their first match against Lancs but came unstuck against Leicestershire last time out so they will be keen to bounce back at New Road for their first home match in this competition this season.

  • Rutherford and Wessels will make their home debuts and that should lead to more fans attending this match as they face off against Durham who have a 100% winning record so far, and their batting has already shown some positive signs with three players having hit centuries already.

  • They have fielded unchanged teams in the two games so far and there is every chance that it is the same eleven once again for this match as they look to get back to winning ways in what will be a difficult encounter.

DURHAM

Coach: James Franklin

Captain: Cameron Bancroft

  • Durham have started their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign in tremendous form having beaten both Northants and Leicestershire so far and they sit second in the North Group behind Notts coming into this match.

  • Skipper Cameron Bancroft has been in outstanding form so far hitting unbeaten centuries in both matches and that has laid the foundations for their victories so they will continue to look to him for inspiration.

  • They have named the same team for both matches played so far and it is an unchanged squad for the next two matches also as coach James Franklin seeks to maintain the continuity and form that the team is building.

THE PREDICTION

Durham have been revelations so far even at this early stage of the Royal London One-Day Cup as one of just five teams to have won all their matches. They face a tough test here against a Worcestershire side who are incredibly strong in white ball cricket. They have won one and lost one, but have all the ingredients of another successful season. Their form with the bat especially is strong and their depth outweighs Bancroft’s individual brilliance here so expect the home side to inflict Durham’s first defeat of the tournament.