Durham conclude their T20 Blast campaign tomorrow at Edgbaston as they round off their 2023 T20 season against Birmingham Bears (2:30pm)
Having tied on DLS on Friday evening against Worcestershire Rapids at New Road following bad light after Durham has posted a huge 216/4, Ryan Campbell’s side will be looking to round off this year’s tournament with a win.
Following the 1 point picked up on Friday night, Durham are no longer able to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition and still remain second off bottom with 11 points.
Birmingham Bears have already qualified for the knockout stages and with currently 20 points on the board have already secured a home quarter final.
Ryan Campbell has named an unchanged 13 player squad for tomorrow’s trip to the West Midlands.
Words from Graham Clark
Squad v Birmingham Bears [2nd July]
Jonathan Bushnell, Brydon Carse, Graham Clark, Luke Doneathy, George Drissell, Michael Jones, Alex Lees, Ben Raine, Luke Robinson, Ollie Robinson +, Nathan Sowter, Liam Trevaskis, Ashton Turner
Captain: Moeen Ali
Overseas players: Glenn Maxwell (Australia, after IPL commitments with RCB), Hasan Ali (Pakistan), Paul Stirling (Ireland, until Maxwell arrives)
Finals Day appearances: 4 (2003, 2014, 2015, 2017)
Titles: 1 (2014)
2022 finish: Quarter-finals
2022 leading runscorer: Adam Hose (557)
2022 leading wicket taker: Jake Lintott (22)
Key winter moves: Three potential match-winners have been signed in Ali, Maxwell and Stirling and the Bears will hope they deliver in spectacular fashion when available. A key departure is last year’s leading runscorer Adam Hose who has joined Worcestershire Rapids but Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali will bring welcome nous to the seam attack.
The big question: Will the big-name recruits help to end the Bears’ fallow period in the Blast? After three Finals Day appearances in four years, the frustration which had dogged the team for most of Blast history has returned of late. Too often they have been hosts but not participants at the Edgbaston Finals Day jamboree.
Wildcard watch: Rob Yates – The 23-year-old first forged his reputation as a solid opening batsman in red ball cricket but has blossomed in the white ball game. He blends orthodox strokeplay with clouting the ball a long way and some strong early Blast knocks could well attract a Hundred gig.
Final thought: Entertainment was high from the Bears last year as they topped 200 in half their games with a go-for-broke batting policy. It often succeeded but was high-risk and imploded spectacularly on occasions – a ten-wicket group stage defeat to Yorkshire and a 104-run quarter-final thrashing by Hampshire. Will the vastly experienced signings allow for a more measured approach?
The Club’s match centre will be in operation for the fixture with live scorecards, statistics & video highlights as they happen. You can watch the game live via Durham’s match centre and Worcestershire YouTube channel. Durham Cricket will have full coverage on social media, with a full match report at the close.