Cricket Match Predictions: Bob Willis Trophy 2020 - Durham vs Yorkshire - Round 1
The Round 1 match between Durham and Yorkshire, of the Bob Willis Trophy 2020, which takes the place of the County Championship 2020, will be played at the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street.
In Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Gary Ballance, Yorkshire have their batting covered despite the absence of their big stars. Gary Ballance continues to produce runs and was the top scorer for the county last year with a contribution of 800+. As did Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Adam Lyth.
With the ball, South Africa-born Duanne Olivier will continue to hold the key and will look to back up his 43 wickets in the last season along with Ben Coad and Steven Patterson.
Durham did not have the greatest of seasons last year, as has been more or less the case every time since they won in 2013. In 2019, they finished mid-table in division 2 with 5 wins and 5 losses from 14 games.
Alexander Lees was the top-scorer for Durham last year with 899 runs from 14 matches with three centuries and three half-centuries. Opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, who did not have a great time in the Ashes but did well in the 2019 County Championship, will be unavailable like most overseas players.
Chris Rushworth is expected to end as their top wicket taker.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Durham - Gareth Harte, Scott Steel, Alexander Lees, Jack Burnham, David Bedingham, Ned Eckersley, Liam Trevaskis, Ben Raine, Paul Coughlin, Nathan Rimmington, Chris Rushworth
Yorkshire - Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Tom Loten, Gary Ballance, Harry Brook, Jonathan Tattersall, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Steven Patterson, Duanne Olivier, Ajaz Patel
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Yorkshire
Who will win? – Yorkshire
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Alexander Lees (Durham), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Chris Rushworth (Durham), Duanne Olivier (Yorkshire)
Most Sixes – Ned Eckersley (Durham), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire)
Man of the Match – Tom Kohler-Cadmore
Team Scores Batting first – Durham 230+, Yorkshire 270+
Match Handicap Yorkshire
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*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, so stay tuned.
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