Virtual Cricket: County Championship Fantasy Cricket Tips and Match Predictions - Sussex v Durham
The round one of the Virtual County Championship between Sussex and Durham 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.
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Sussex star Jofra Archer was one of Wisden's five cricketers of the last year and it is certainly a huge achievement for the pace bowler in his young career.
Durham's Mark Wood has already received applause for saying that donating £500,000 to the ECB and selected good causes was the "right thing" for the England players to do.
Meanwhile, Durham's Chris Rushworth has pledged to run the 13 mile half marathon on May 1 for a cancer trust. Rushworth reiterated that he will abide by his promise even if he has to do that in his garden.
Both Sussex and Durham finished in the middle of the County Championship division two table in 2019 with similar points. While Durham were with 157 points with five wins and five losses, Sussex were just one point behind them with four wins and five losses.
Cameron Bancroft, their second-highest scorer in the last season, Ben Stokes, cricketer of the year in 2019, and Mark Wood, showing his capabilities again in the last two Tests against South Africa, are the marquee players for Durham.
Stiaan van Zyl and Ben Brown, who were the top scorers for Sussex last year, will be joined by Aaron Finch. With the ball, they have a formidable quartet of pace bowlers in David Wiese, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer and all-rounder George Garton.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Sussex - Philip Salt, Haines, Tom Haines, Luke Wells, Stiaan van Zyl, H Finch, Ben Brown, David Wiese, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Danny Briggs, George Garton
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), Stiaan van Zyl (Sussex)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Mark Wood (Durham), Jofra Archer (Sussex)
Most Sixes – Ben Stokes (Durham), H Finch (Sussex)
Man of the Match – Ben Stokes
Team Scores Batting first – Durham 350+, Sussex 300+
Match Handicap Durham
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