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9th August 2021 Match Previews

Durham head to Worcestershire for penultimate RL50 group fixture, with unchanged 14

Durham head to Worcestershire for the third time this season when they take on the Rapids in their penultimate Royal London Cup group stage fixture, tomorrow at New Road.

Durham sit in top spot in Group A and are well placed going into the final two group games of the season having won four for their 6 games. Worcestershire are also in contention with 7 points, but have played a game more than Durham and have just one to play.

An unchanged squad of 14 will travel to Worcestershire, as Alan Walker remains with the same 14 players. With Alex Lees’ 126 against Essex he is now in second place to Graham Clark with 375 runs. Clark remains the countries leading run scorer with 391 runs.

Tomorrow’s game against Worcestershire will be the 28th time Durham have faced the New Road side in List A cricket, most recently taking them on in 2019 as Durham lost by 4 wickets on DLS, as Worcestershire chased down 152. Alex Lees scored 52 from 77 balls with Brydon Carse, Matt Salisbury and Ben Raine all picking up two wickets.

Jack Haynes is the leading run scorer for the Rapids so far in this years campaign with 342 runs, with a highest score of 153, while Ed Barnard has picked up 7 wickets and is the Pears leading wicket taker.

Worcestershire are without five players due to the Hundred as Moeen Ali, Pat Brown, Dillon Pennington, Ross Whiteley and Ben Cox are all featuring in the new ECB competition.

Squad vs Worcestershire Rapids (10 August) 

Alex Lees, Graham Clark,Scott Borthwick*, Cameron Bancroft, David Bedingham, Sean Dickson, Ned Eckersley, Chris Rushworth, Matt Salisbury, Liam Trevaskis, Luke Doneathy, Paul van Meekeren, Jack Campbell, Harry Crawshaw

Words from Alex Lees

“It’s nice to make a match-winning contribution. Luckily I held on for long enough to get us over the line. My 50-over game has come on and I’ve found a method that works for me. You’ve got a lot more time than you think because you can get caught up in trying to whack the ball. I was disappointed to miss the Vitality Blast with a broken hand, but I’m pleased to have been able to come back and to have played well. You obviously have some doubts, but it has been pleasing to be in good form. We’ve got ourselves into a great position with two games to go and hopefully we can secure our place in the knockout stage.”

Match Centre

The Club’s match centre will be in operation for the fixtures with live scorecards, statistics & video highlights as they happen. You can watch the game live via the Worcestershire CCC YouTube channel.

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