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Cameron Bancroft. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


In the top of the Group 2 table clash, Durham will take on Essex in the English One Day Cup 2021 on Sunday. Durham are heading into this match on the back of an impressive 87 runs victory over Lancashire on Thursday. Sean Dickson’s unbeaten century and even better all-round performances from Luke Doneathy sealed the game for Durham. They occupy the 2nd spot in the standings with 7 points.

Meanwhile, Essex won a nail-biting encounter in their previous match against Gloucestershire in the final ball of the match by 2 wickets. This was their 2nd consecutive win in this competition. With 4 wins and a loss, they occupy the top spot in the standings with 8 points. They need to fight really hard to extend their 2 matches winning streak.

Match Details:

Durham vs Essex, Group 2

Venue: Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

Date &Time: August 8th at 3:30 PM IST and 11:00 AM local time

Live Streaming: Youtube/Team website

Pitch Report:

As usual, there will be help for the seamers in the early part of an innings and later the surface will assist the batters for the most part of the match. The average 1st innings score in the last 5 One-Day matches is 268 and whoever wins the toss should bat first.

Probable Playing XIs DUR vs ESS:


Graham Clark, Alex Lees, Scott Borthwick (c), David Bedingham, Cameron Bancroft (wk), Sean Dickson, Liam Trevaskis, Luke Doneathy, Paul van Meekeren, Matt Salisbury, Chris Rushworth


Nick Browne, Alastair Cook, Tom Westley (c), Josh Rymell, Adam Wheater (wk), Feroz Khushi / Luc Benkenstein, Ryan ten Doeschate, Simon Harmer, Aron Nijjar, Shane Snater, Ben Allison

DUR vs ESS Top Picks for DUR vs ESS Dream11 Match:

Top Picks ­Durham

Graham Clark will be disappointed as he couldn’t make big runs in the last match against Lancashire where he was dismissed for 21 runs. However, he is still the leading run-scorer for Durham in this tournament with 367 runs in just 4 innings.

Opener Alex Lees is in the fabulous form at the moment, with 2 half-centuries and a century. He has accumulated 249 runs in 4 innings so far in this tournament.

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Top Picks – Essex

Captain Tom Westley’s valuable contribution of 71 runs in the run-chase against Gloucestershire helped Essex to claim 2 wickets victory. He is the leading run-scorer for Essex in this tournament with 310 runs in 5 matches at an average of 103.33.

England former captain, Alastair Cook has mustered 220 runs in 5 matches at an average of 73.33 which includes 2 half-centuries.

DUR vs ESS Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for DUR vs ESS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Adam Wheater, Sean Dickson, Graham Clark (c), Alex Lees, Tom Westley, Alastair Cook (vc), Luke Doneathy, Simon Harmer, Paul van Meekeren, Shane Snater, Aron Nijjar

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for DUR vs ESS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:

Adam Wheater, David Bedingham, Graham Clark, Alex Lees (vc), Tom Westley (c), Ryan ten Doeschate, Luke Doneathy, Simon Harmer, Chris Rushworth, Shane Snater, Aron Nijjar

DUR vs ESS Risky Captaincy Choices:

David Bedingham has scored 168 runs in 3 matches in this tournament at an average of 56, it’s worth a risk and you can pick him as your fantasy team skipper.

Adam Wheater has managed to score 103 runs in 3 innings in this competition, you can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team captain.

Player you should avoid:

Josh Rymell has played only one game in this tournament and scored 30 runs. Considering plenty of options in the batsman’s slot it’s better to avoid him.

Note: Updated Fantasy teams and Playing XIs of every match will be provided in our Telegram channel if the information is available.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.


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