Virtual Cricket: County Championship Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Predictions - Durham v Leicestershire
Round eight of the Virtual County Championship between Durham and Leicestershire is being held by Cricket World and Dice Cricket to help the fans stay tuned to cricketing action from the comforts of their home amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
Durham had showed signs of bouncing back after losses in the first couple of matches but have again slipped down to the second last place in the virtual County Championship division 2 points table with just two victories and three losses.
The team is with just 64 points. A loss against Glamorgan by 55 runs in the last game certainly wouldn't have helped their spirits. The team did well by restricting Glamorgan to only 199 but couldn't take a big lead as they were bowled out for 222, with Alexander Lees 55 being the top scorer.
A 5-wicket haul by Mark Wood raised hopes of a victory but their batsmen let them down in the second innings with Ned Eckersley being their top scorer with 45. Ben Stokes picked up four in the second innings but it was a bit too late by then.
Leicestershire are sitting comfortably at the top of the virtual County Championship division 2 points table with five victories and only two losses from 7 games. The team has 119 points and is well ahead of the second-placed Derbyshire, who have 94 points.
Their tally was further boosted by a four-wicket victory against Middlesex in their round 7 match. Their batsmen, apart from Ben Mike, were quite subdued but it was the 5-wicket haul from Chris Wright in the first innings and Will Davis in the second innings that took them over the line comfortably.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Durham - Gareth Harte, Scott Steel, Alexander Lees, Jack Burnham, Ben Stokes, Ned Eckersley, Liam Trevaskis, Ben Raine, Paul Coughlin, Mark Wood, Chris Rushworth
Leicestershire - Hassan Azad, Paul Horton, Harry Dearden, Mark Cosgrove, Colin Ackerman, Lewis Hill, Tom Taylor, Will Davis, Ben Mike, Chris Wright, Alex Evans
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Leicestershire
Who will win? – Leicestershire
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Ben Stokes (Durham), Hassan Azad (Leicestershire)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mark Wood (Durham), Chris Wright (Leicestershire)
Most Sixes – Alexander Lees (Durham), Harry Dearden (Leicestershire)
Man of the Match – Hassan Azad
Team Scores Batting first – Durham 250+, Leicestershire 280+
Match Handicap Leicestershire
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