Match Preview: Jets v Lightning
Match Preview: Durham Jets v Lancashire Lightning, Royal London One-Day Cup
Lancashire remain in the hunt for a knockout berth in the Royal London One-Day Cup as they head to fellow challengers Durham for their final North Group fixture tomorrow.
The Lightning and the Jets are two of four teams who can secure third place in the group and with it an away tie against second in the South next month.
The winners of that would then advance to the semi-final.
The other teams involved in the race for third are third-placed Nottinghamshire and fifth-placed Leicestershire.
Notts are in third on eight points from seven games, Durham are in fourth on seven from seven, Leicester are fifth with seven from seven and Lancashire are sixth with six from seven.
Lancashire must beat Durham at Emirates Riverside to eliminate them from the race, also hoping Notts lose at Northants and Leicester lose at Yorkshire.
That would see the Red Rose through given their superior net run-rate over Notts.
Most wins comes first when separating teams finishing with equal points. If all results go Lancashire’s way, they would be on the same points as Notts with the same number of wins.
Then it is down to net run-rate, and Lancashire’s is better.
All tomorrow’s final North Group fixtures begin at 2pm.
Durham Jets v Lancashire Lightning
Tuesday 16 May
Durham missed out on the chance to go second in the group yesterday by losing to new leaders Worcestershire at New Road.
Chasing 271, the Jets were ideally placed at 122-0 in the 24th over before slipping to 255-9 to fall to a 15-run defeat.
Their innings drew comparisons to Lancashire’s first-innings effort against Notts at Trent Bridge yesterday when they were 98-0 after 17 overs before making only 260-6.
Graham Clark, the younger brother of Jordan, hit 114 at the top of the order, his maiden first-team hundred.
Graham has been in impressive form of late, posting 92 in last Thursday’s win at Trent Bridge.
Durham have won four of their seven matches this season with a No Result included. But they started the competition with minus two points following ECB winter penalties for their well documented financial troubles.
They have two players in the top four leading run-scorers and leading wicket-takers lists.
England Test batsman and Jets captain Keaton Jennings has scored two hundreds and as many fifties in 450 runs from seven innings. He is fourth on the list.
Seamer James Weighell has taken 16 wickets, including a five-for, and he sits third on the list.
LAST TIME OUT
Lancashire and Durham played out a No Result at Emirates Old Trafford last August, also in the final round of North Group matches.
It actually cost Durham the chance of a place in the quarter-finals as they finished fifth in the group on nine points. The top four teams also finished with nine.
Lancashire elected to bat first and had made their way to 39-0 from seven overs.
Despite a number of attempts to restart the match, a No Result was declared midway through the evening.
Durham, who have won their last five 50-over home matches against all opponents, have beaten Lancashire in the last three completed fixtures between the two.
WHAT THEY SAID
Glen Chapple is refusing to give up hope of a knockout berth despite accepting his team’s chances of progression are “slim”.
Coach Chapple is confident of victory over Durham given the Lightning have won three of their last four group games over the last nine days.
“We have a slim chance of qualifying, but we can’t give up hope,” he said.
“Leicester have a tough game at Yorkshire and Notts have a tough game at Northants. All we can do is go to the Riverside and beat Durham.”
Chapple was full of praise for debutant Danny Lamb, who claimed two wickets at Trent Bridge yesterday having come into the side for injured Jordan Clark.
“I thought he bowled really well. It was very encouraging,” he said. “It was a pressurised game, a big game. I thought he had a good plan and bowled good areas, a heavy ball with some good variations. I thought he did excellently.”
The coach also gave an update on Clark’s fitness ahead of an important period of cricket, including back-to-back Roses Championship matches during the next three weeks.
He added: “Jordan’s got pain in his back and side. At the moment we’re just letting it settle down over a couple of days.
“If there’s still pain there (today) he’ll need to go for a scan. We’re hoping it’s some form of spasm that settles down quickly.
“Obviously Jordan’s a miss because I think he’s averaging 90 in this competition with a strike-rate of 140-odd.”
The other games that are taking place in the Royal London One-Day Cup North Group on Tuesday 16 May are:
- Northants Steelbacks v Notts Outlaws, The County Ground
- Derbyshire Falcons v Worcestershire Rapids, The 3aaa County Ground
- Yorkshire Vikings v Leicestershire Foxes, Headingley
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