Our Prediction is Northamptonshire to win the Match!
Host Derbyshire will lock horns against Northamptonshire in the North Group game of Royal London One-Day Cup at County Ground in Derby on Friday.
Last season, Derbyshire failed to qualify for the playoff of the competition and finished fifth in the North Group with eight points. Derbyshire Captain Billy Godleman will be confident of their opening their account with a victory in their home fixture. The side will certainly need to field their best combination in order to start their campaign on a positive note.
On the other hand, Northamptonshire will be looking to make amends for their mistakes made in the previous game. The side will need to bring their A-game to table in order to upstage Derbyshire in their backyard.
The county side will be keen to produce their best game with bat and ball against Northamptonshire. Derbyshire will be looking to do well in this year’s competition. Captain Billy Godleman will certainly hold the key for Derbyshire in the batting department. The left-hander will be keen to produce good innings in this game and help the side get off to a decent start in their innings. Last year, Godleman finished the competition as the leading run-scorer for the side with 509 runs in 8 matches. He also smashed two centuries in the competition.
Apart from Godleman, Wayne Madsen, Tom Lace and Luis Reece will need to produce runs for the side in this year’s competition. The middle-order certainly will need to raise their game if Derbyshire wants to make a serious dash at the crown this year.
Gary Wilson and Matthew Critchley are first-choice all-rounders for this game for the opening game of the competition. The duo will be focused to do well with bat and ball against Northamptonshire.South Africa’s Daryn Smit will be first-choice keeper for the side in this year’s competition. The county side will be hoping that he can produce more runs with the bat this season.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Ravi Rampaul, Luis Reece and Matthew Critchley to produce breakthroughs. Last year, Rampaul claimed 13 wickets in 8 matches at an economy rate of 6.69, which is considered to be quite good in List-A cricket.
Billy Godleman (c), Luis Reece, Daryn Smit, Wayne Madsen, Gary Wilson, Matthew Critchley, Tom Lace, Ravi Rampaul, Hamidullah Qadri, Alex Hughes, Logan van Beek.
Alex Wakely led-unit will be looking to make a strong comeback against Derbyshire. The side suffered a 72-run defeat at the hands of Durham in their opening fixture.
In the batting department, Richard Levi and Joshua Cobb will need to put in decent scores for the side against Derbyshire. The opening pair failed to capitalize on their good starts in the game played against Durham.
Captain Alex Wakely decided to rebuild the innings for Northamptonshire and put on crucial partnerships with Adam Rossington and Jason Holder to keep the side in the hunt to win the game. Wakely chipped in with 66 runs off 79 balls with the help of five boundaries. He was well supported by Adam Rossington, who scored 43 runs off 36 balls with the help of two fours and a six.
All-rounder Jason Holder certainly showcased his value with the bat and scored 86 off 68 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. He will be keen to continue his good form with the bat in the next couple of matches.
The team management will be hoping that side can put in much improved bowling after conceding close to 350 runs against Durham in the opening game of the competition. Jason Holder and Ben Sanderson conceded seven runs an over and picked up four wickets between them.Medium-pacer Luke Proctor was standout bowler for the side in the previous game played against Durham. Blessing Muzarabani, Nathan Buck and Rob Keogh failed to take any wickets against Durham.
Alex Wakely (c), Joshua Cobb, Richard Levi, Ben Sanderson, Blessing Muzarabani, Rob Keogh, Luke Procter, Jason Holder, Adam Rossington, Nathan Buck, Rob Newton
The wicket will certainly favor the batsmen. There might be little assistance for the quick bowlers in the early part of the innings. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Friday is going to clear skies.
County Ground in Derby will host all the home fixtures for Derbyshire in this year’s competition. The side certainly has a good head-to-head record against Northamptonshire in the competition. Derbyshire have won their last two games against Northamptonshire
The side that wins the toss would like to bat and put a mammoth score on the board. The spinners will need to hard work to take wickets on this placid surface. It is a ground with short boundaries so we can expect a high scoring game between Derbyshire and Northamptonshire
Despite losing their opening game, Northamptonshire will be pleased with the performances of Alex Wakely, Adam Rossington and Jason Holder. The side looks a much balanced unit than Derbyshire and will be confident of doing well in this game. The bowling department will be a cause of concern of Derbyshire in this year’s competition. Expect Northamptonshire to register their first win of the competition.
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