Vitality t20 Blast 2019 – Durham Jets vs Worcestershire Rapids Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Durham Jets vs Worcestershire Rapids taking place? Thursday 15th August, 18:30 (UK)

Where is Durham Jets vs Worcestershire Rapids taking place? Emirates Riverside, Chester-le-Street

What is the expected weather for Durham Jets vs Worcestershire Rapids? 17c and sunny with a moderate breeze

What television channel is Durham Jets vs Worcestershire Rapids on? Durham Jets vs Worcestershire Rapids will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Durham Jets vs Worcestershire Rapids? N/A

Where can I get tickets for Durham Jets vs Worcestershire Rapids? Check https://www.ecb.co.uk/T20-Blast for updates about tickets

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings: Durham Jets W5, Worcestershire Rapids W7, No result 3
Last meeting: Worcestershire Rapids beat Durham Jets by 9 wickets

THE TEAM NEWS

DURHAM JETS

  • Durham failed to get onto the park in their last Vitality Blast match against Notts Outlaws, with the game being abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain, giving the Jets a point to leave them 5th in the North Group.
  • Australian overseas all-rounder D’Arcy Short has been the star for the Jets so for in their T20 campaign and continued his good form in his last knock against Derbyshire, striking 68 from 48 balls and Durham will look to him to set a platform in this game.
  • On the bowling front, Durham look to have unearthed a new gem in 20-year-old spinner Liam Trevaskis, the Cumbrian coming off the back of a spell of three wickets in six balls against the Falcons and figures of 3/16 from four overs, so he will be hoping to prove that his performance was the first of many match-winning displays in this game.

WORCESTERSHIRE RAPIDS

  • Reigning champions Worcestershire are coming off the back of a 20-run defeat at the Pattonair County Ground against Derbyshire on Tuesday evening and they need to get back to winning ways here, with a number of teams closing in on their top four spot in the North Group.
  • Oversees star Martin Guptill hit 45 runs and put on a partnership of 73 for the second wicket with Callum Ferguson, but it wasn’t enough for the Rapids who continue to rely heavily on Guptill along with Riki Wessels at the top of the order.
  • The bowling has been a struggle for Worcestershire as they have only defended one total successfully in the competition so far and they will hope the likes of Wayne Parnell and Ed Barnard can find some wicket-taking rhythm in the North East.

THE PREDICTION

This is a vital game in terms of knockout qualification, with Durham looking to break into the North Group top four and Worcestershire desperate to stay in it. The reverse fixture between these sides saw the Rapids chase down 182 in only 12.1 overs after an incredible opening stand of 148 between Wessels (74 runs from 29 balls) and Guptill (86 runs from 31 balls).

After rain prevented their last fixture from getting underway, Durham will be desperate to just get out onto the pitch but they will be facing a strong Worcestershire side smarting from their surprise defeat against Derbyshire. With memories of their savage victory over the Jets at Blackfinch New Road fresh in their minds, Worcestershire Rapids should bounce back to complete the double against Durham Jets this season and take victory at Emirates Riverside.

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