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Derbyshire and Kent lock horns to stay afloat
Our prediction is for Derbyshire to win
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: County Ground | Toss: To BatBet Now
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Derbyshire will take on Kent in a crucial Group B match at County Ground in Derby. Though the two teams are placed at 7 and 8 in the points table, the game is still very crucial from a qualification perspective. The 4th placed team, Essex has 5 points from 5 matches and the teams placed 5th to 9th in Group B are all tied at 4 points each. This makes the race to the finals quite open.
Both Derbyshire and Kent are coming on the back of a win in their recent game. However, there is a major difference in these wins. While Derbyshire successfully defended 312 runs in their last match, Kent lost 6 wickets in their successful run-chase of a 211-runs target. Derbyshire have lost both of their home games so far this season. And they will be keen on finishing their home games on a winning note.
It is a great time for Derbyshire to return home for a must-win game. Skipper Masood is in great touch while L Reece seems to have found his touch with a brilliant hundred in the last game. There is great potential in the Derbyshire lineup with the likes of Brooke Guest, batting all-rounder Alex Hughes, and the in-form Anuj Dal.
Opener Harry Came got a few good starts but hasn’t managed to convert them. He’s another batter with potential and one good knock from him can make a big impact on the team total. The batting order has been experimented with quite a lot and there has been a new batsman at number 4 in each of the last 3 innings.
And on each of these occasions, the number 4 batsman managed only a single-digit score. Except for the last game where a 136-run inning from L Reece helped build major partnerships at the top, Derbyshire have failed to strike crucial partnerships.
They need their number 3, 4, and 5 batters to play their roles aptly and build long partnerships in the middle. The best part of the Derbyshire squad as of now is their all-rounders. Both Reece and Anuj Dal are delivering with the ball as well. Aitchison, Nick Potts, and Conners can pose a tough challenge to the struggling Kent.
Luis Reece, Harry Came, Shan Masood (c), Brooke Guest (wk), Anuj Dal, Alex Hughes, Archie Harrison, Mattie McKiernan, Ben Aitchison, Nick Potts, Samuel Conners
It took 3 back to back losses post their win in the season opener for Kent to taste success for the second time in the Royal One-Day Cup. It was the great variety in the bowling attack that helped them seal their second win of the season. The right-arm off-break bowler from Afghanistan, Hamidullah Qadri picked 4 for 36 as Kent bowled out Northamptonshire for 210 runs.
Like the hosts, Kent too has plenty of batting all-rounders, and as a result, skipper Joe Denly has the luxury of a large number of bowling options to choose from. However, Kent’s struggling in chase of a small total is a worrying sign for the team going ahead in the league.
There are not many consistent batsmen in the squad. Joe Denly is the most experienced of the pack and will be the one to watch out for. Ben Compton is the in-form player who has scored two back-to-back fifties. Prior to their recent win, Kent were bowled out for 149 runs while chasing 332 runs against Essex.
The batting has been poor, to say the least when Kent has chased a total. It was only in their first game at Worcester where they were exceptional chasing down 353 runs with 7 wickets in hand. The hero of that win, Oliver Robinson has failed to convert his starts since then.
Ben Compton, Tawanda Muyeye, Oliver Robinson (wk), Joe Denly (c), Alex Blake, Harry Finch, Joey Evison, Hamidullah Qadri, Nathan Gilchrist, Matthew Quinn, Navdeep Saini
Scattered showers are expected on the matchday. The pitch is bowling-friendly and you can expect a lot of wickets.
The match will be played at the County Ground in Derby. It is a low-scoring venue with the highest 1st innings total being 258 runs.
Team winning the toss is likely to choose to bat first given the overcast conditions and the pitch here at the County Ground, Derby. It is not easy to score runs here and with runs on the board, both teams, with a great variety in the bowling attack, can back themselves to defend the total.
Considering both squads, the current form of key players, and the potential of a comeback, the hosts Derbyshire would start as favourites in our prediction to win this match. Derbyshire have many impact players with more than one or two of them being in good form. Kent, on the other hand, haven’t got many reliable batters in the side and on a ground where bowlers dominate, it will be a tough outing for the visitors.
Our prediction is for Derbyshire to win
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