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Virtual Cricket: County Championship Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Predictions - Durham v Middlesex

 

Round four of the Virtual County Championship between Durham and Middlesex 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 have exceeded expectations in the three rounds of the virtual County Championship till now and are placed at the third spot in the division 2 points table with one win and one lost from 2 games.

The team has 29 points and will take on Middlesex in this game who are placed just above them with two wins and one loss from three matches. Middlesex have 44 points and registered a come-from-behind 1-wicket victory against Derbyshire in their round 3 match.

Despite half-centuries from Stephen Eskinazi in the first innings and Eoin Morgan in the second innings, it was the bowling duo of Tim Murtagh and Steven Finn who proved to be the unlikely heroes for Middlesex as the two had a dogged last-wicket partnership to take their team home.

Tim Murtagh also starred with the ball with a 7-wicket haul in the first innings. Sam Robson, Nick Gubbins and Peter Handscomb missed out in the last match and will be waiting to make the most of their opportunities in this match.

For Durham, Cameron Bancroft and Ben Stokes are the most pedigreed players in their batting order. Stokes will double up as their star bowler. He would receive the support of England tearaway Mark Wood.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Middlesex - Sam Robson, Nick Gubbins, Stephen Eskinazi, Peter Handscomb, Max Holden, Eoin Morgan, John Simpson, James Harris, Toby Roland-Jones, Steven Finn, Tim Murtagh

Durham - Gareth Harte, Cameron Bancroft, Alexander Lees, Jack Burnham, Ben Stokes, Stuart Poynter, Liam Trevaskis, Ben Raine, James Weighell, Mark Wood, Chris Rushworth

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Durham

Who will win? – Durham

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Ben Stokes (Durham), Peter Handscomb (Middlesex)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Chris Rushworth (Durham), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex)

Most Sixes – Ben Stokes (Durham), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)

Man of the Match –  Ben Stokes

Team Scores Batting first – Durham 300+, Middlesex 250+

 Match Handicap Durham

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