Royal London One-Day Cup holders Durham, currently in fourth place in Group A, meet third placed Gloucestershire in the tournament at Bristol tomorrow. The West Country team have won three of their four games and the visitors two of their five: both counties have collected one point from an abandoned match.
Durham have beaten Somerset and Northamptonshire in the 50 over format but on Sunday at Chester-le-Street they lost out to Yorkshire in a rain affected game. In that game there were contributions from all the Durham batters in a total of 224/7 from a reduced 43 overs. Yorkshire’s reply was similarly reduced by Duckworth/Lewis and they reached their target of 130 thanks mainly to an unbeaten 65 from Glenn Maxwell.
Gloucestershire had last ball wins against Derbyshire and Leicestershire last week and on Sunday got home with two balls to spare in a tense finish with local rivals Somerset. In that game they were indebted to captain and overseas player Michael Klinger who notched his sixth century of the summer in all competitions since returning to the county in May.
Australian Michael Klinger is in his third summer with Gloucestershire and enjoying great success, so much so that he has been talked about as a possible Ashes candidate were his home country in need of a batsman at short-notice. This is hardly surprising since the 35 year old Victorian has scored a remarkable 1294 runs in all competitions since stepping off the plane in early May.
Fellow Australian John Hastings has spearheaded the Durham attack in the 50 over format so far taking ten of the 26 wickets captured, at an average of just under 15 apiece with an impressive economy rate of 4.01. Hastings is in his second summer at Durham and has recently committed to staying with the club until the end of 2016. The 29 year-old has played one Test, 11 ODIs and three T20s for Australia in addition to his IPL and Big Bash commitments.
In the continued absence of batsmen Hamish Marshall and Ian Cockbain, Gloucestershire are likely to name an unchanged squad from their previous three matches.
Gloucestershire Squad: TBC
Durham have named a 13-man squad for the trip.
Durham Squad: Mark Stoneman (c), Paul Collingwood, Phil Mustard (wk), Scott Borthwick, Graham Clark, Ryan Pringle, Gordon Muchall, John Hastings, Keaton Jennings, Usman Arshad, Chris Rushworth, Jamie Harrison, Calum MacLeod.
Weather and conditions: The forecast for Bristol is dry but cool.
Date: 4th August 2015
Time: 10.30 am
Ground: Nevil Road, Bristol.
Umpires: Steve Garratt and David Millns
Odds (SkyBet): Gloucestershire 10/11, Durham 10/11.