Northamptonshire are favorites to win
Northamptonshire Steelbacks will take on Durham at the County Ground, Northampton. This T20 match begins at 18:30 local time on Friday 26th May.
It was a disappointing start to the season for Northamptonshire Steelbacks who were beaten at home by Worcestershire Rapids by 15 runs in their opening game on Wednesday. A general lack of lower order runs were the difference between victory and defeat in that first match.
The top three for the Steelbacks all got off to good starts against the Rapids but Ricardo Vasconcelos (32 runs from 20 balls), Chris Lynn (28 runs from 14 balls) and David Willey (36 runs from 24 balls) all failed to go further. The Steelbacks will need one of their batters to make a big score if they want to get a win in this game.
Although they were beaten, it was a decent effort from the Northamptonshire bowlers on Wednesday who took nine wickets across the 20 overs at the same venue as this game. David Willey bowled with more control than most and looks to have gone up a level since his stint in the IPL this year.
There were some strong individual performances in the opening game but the Steelbacks will need three or four players to contribute in this match.
Only Worcestershire Rapids finished below Durham in the North Group in the 2022 Vitality Blast as they picked up only three wins in an under-performing campaign. It has been recently confirmed that Australian Ashton Turner is back to represent the side again this year.
Former England international Alex Lees is a naturally positive player and he will captain as well as open the batting for the team this year. Scott Borthwick, David Bedingham, Turner and Netherlands international Bas de Leede are all very capable batters in this format.
Brydon Carse will be one of the main bowling threats for Durham across this campaign although we expect de Leede and Brandon Glover to also chip in with key wickets. Matthew Potts and Mark Wood will both be unavailable due to being with the England squad at this time.
Durham did not win any of their final five matches in the 2022 competition but will fancy their chances of getting off to a strong start in this game.
This Vitality T20 Blast game will be played at the County Ground, Northampton. There is good pace and bounce on this wicket so we expect scores of 185+ but also some assistance for the quick bowlers
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Northamptonshire vs Durham, Vitality T20 Blast 2023
Chris Lynn, Ricardo Vasconcelos, David Willey (c), Josh Cobb, Saif Zaib, Lewis McManus (wk), Tom Taylor, Rob Keogh, James Sales, Graeme White, Andrew Tye
Graham Clark, Michael Jones, Oliver Robinson (wk), Ashton Turner (c), David Bedingham, Ned Eckersley, Ben Raine, Brydon Carse, Paul Coughlin, Liam Trevaskis, Scott Borthwick
This should be an entertaining contest at the County Ground between two teams desperate to get an early win in the tournament. The teams look quite evenly matched but the Steelbacks have a good record at their home ground. We are backing Chris Lynn to produce a big score and to take Northamptonshire Steelbacks to victory.
Northamptonshire to beat Durham
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