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by Alastair Symondson Friday 24 August 2018
Vitality Blast Durham Jets v Sussex Sharks Emirates Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 6:30 PM
Jets Stream – great bowling attack led by Rushworth and Rimmington – Nathan Rimmington has been the Jets’ star with the ball, taking 22 wickets with Chris Rushworth not far behind and England bowler Mark Wood back from injury - supported by veteran ex England Star Paul Collingwood.
Jets Engine – batting line up headed by skipper Tom Latham - he is the Jets’ leading run-scorer with 454 runs from his 13 innings, putting him in eight position overall in the top run-scorers list and fourth out of those still involved in the tournament. Graham Clark is not too far behind with 392 runs. England have released Ben Stokes to play as a specialist batsman.
Durham Jets Squad - Tom Latham (c), Graham Clark, Paul Collingwood, Will Smith, Ryan Davies, Ryan Pringle, Scott Steel, Stuart Poynter (wk), Nathan Rimmington, Mark Wood, Barry McCarthy, Chris Rushworth, Ben Whitehead, Ben Stokes
Shark Attack - one of the most potent bowling attacks in this year’s Vitality Blast – dubbed ‘The Shark Attack’. Although they are missing the world’s number one ranked T20 bowler, Rashid Khan, who is on international duty with Afghanistan, Jofra Archer, Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan make up an awesome seam attack, backed up by experienced left-arm spinner Danny Briggs. Leg-spinner Will Beer could also feature in Rashid’s absence & South African all-rounder David Wiese provides back up in the seam bowling department.
Shark Firepower - Luke Wright, the experienced ex-England international recently became the first Englishman to 7,000 T20 runs. Wright has scored 315 runs in this season’s campaign and with Laurie Evans (491 runs) and opener Phil Salt hitting 148 off 138 in the Specsavers County Championship match against Derbyshire this week, they are in good form.
Sussex Sharks Squad – Luke Wright (c), Phil Salt, Harry Finch, Laurie Evans, Delray Rawlins, David Wiese, Michael Burgess(wk), Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Danny Briggs, Tymal Mills, Will Beer, Tom Bruce
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Sussex Sharks
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Luke Wright (Sussex Sharks), Will Smith (Durham Jets)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Tymal Mills (Sussex Sharks), Chris Rushworth (Durham Jets)
Most Sixes – Phil Salt (Sussex Sharks), Paul Collingwood (Durham Jets)
Team Scores Batting First – Sussex Sharks 170+, Durham Jets 160+
You can follow all the action at our Vitality Blast Match Centre
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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