Vitality t20 Blast 2018 – Durham Jets vs Nottinghamshire Outlaws Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 28thJuly, 14:30 (UK)

Where? Emirates Riverside

Weather? 17-18c with 40-50% chance of rain throughout the afternoon which may affect play

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://www.ecb.co.uk/tickets/domestic

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Durham Jets W8, Nottinghamshire Outlaws W13, No Result 4

THE TEAM NEWS

DURHAM JETS

Coach: Jon Lewis

Captain: Tom Latham

  • The Jets continue to enjoy an impressive t20 Blast campaign with four wins from six matches and they are riding a three-match winning streak as they welcome the Outlaws to Durham for a potentially rain-affected match.

  • They come off an outstanding win over Worcestershire Rapids last time out in which they bowled out a potent batting line-up for just 121 thanks to Ben Stokes’ 4/16 but while the England all-rounder will play this match, he will play as a batsman only here.

  • The impressive Imran Tahir will be available once again to cause the Outlaws issues with his spin while they are further boosted by the return of Paul Collingwood who has overcome injury to make the squad.

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE OUTLAWS

Coach: Peter Moores

Captain: Dan Christian

  • The Outlaws managed to capitalise on an injury-hit Lancashire Lightning team in a rain-affected match on Friday night to get back to winning ways and they will be looking for back-to-back victories here.

  • They have named the same squad for this match and they will likely name the same starting team that contributed well from top to bottom against Lancs as they bid to move into the top four and leapfrog a direct rival for the knockout spots.

  • One of the more pleasing aspects from the win over Lancs on Friday night were the middle order contributions of Root (40) and Libby (44) who both record t20 Blast high scores while the bowling was strong with Ish Sodhi picking up 2/17.

THE PREDICTION

Durham won the reverse fixture 11 days ago by 34 runs and that was largely down to Tom Latham’s stunning 98. Despite being underestimated by many, Durham continue to go from strength to strength, and they have Stokes in the side compared to that match which should strengthen them further. The Outlaws will look to take momentum from Friday night’s win which should boost them, but while they may have the names on paper, it is hard to go against Durham right now given their form. A close match likely, and one to stay clear of and see how it plays out with there being a strong chance of rain affecting play.