Worcestershire host Durham on Saturday in the latest round of the NatWest T20 Blast. Although still in the early stages of the qualification process, both sides will be pleased to occupy top four positions in the North Group, with the top four sides from the North and South going through to the quarter-final knockout stage.
The home side have played four games, and have won two so far this season, while their visitors to New Road, have won two out of the three games that they have so far played.
The Worcestershire Rapids made a poor start to their campaign, losing away games at Durham and Lancashire, but have bounced back since to register victories over the Nottingham Outlaws at Trent Bridge, and then perhaps even more impressively, beating the T20 holders the Northampton Steelbacks.
As well as their victory against Saturday’s opponents, Durham have defeated Derbyshire in this season’s tournament, while losing against the Steelbacks.
Worcestershire skipper, Daryl Mitchell although disappointed with the early results, is more focused on ensuring that his side finish in the top four, and make it through to the knockout stages, as he knows there is no silverware to be won at the end of the group phase.
Mitchell is looking for a better all round bowling performance, as he felt that his side had let the Steelbacks get away a little bit at the start of their innings. Though that was tempered by the fact that his bowlers were having to try and contain Willey and Levi who are in very good form with the bat at present.
Durham will be hoping for their batsmen to post a few more runs than of late, as they are testing their bowlers skills to the limit. They defended 132 against Nottingham, but how often they would be able to do that would remain open to debate.