Our Prediction is Derbyshire to win this game!
Derbyshire is struggling to find momentum and yet to make two wins in a row this season. They lost their last match against Durham by 3 wickets. Billy Godleman was out for lesser score first time this season after making 3 centuries and a half-century. Tom Lace and Mathew Critchley led the fightback after the team stumbled to 100/4 in the halfway mark. But no batsmen scored fifty and the team eventually finished with 255 runs. The opening bowlers Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Connors put up a good fight and took wickets to trouble the Durham batsmen. Rest of the bowling attack did not create any wicket-taking opportunities and they eventually succumbed to defeat with 3 wickets remaining. Derbyshire needs to keep winning their remaining matches to stay alive in the competition.
Warwickshire will be delighted after their first win this season against Worcestershire and it is their only win out of 5 matches so far. They need to win all their remaining matches and hope so other results go their way to stay in contention for knockouts. Sam Hain`s 161 runs powered the team to a good total of 315 runs. Liam Banks and Alex Thompson provided good support with 30s and build partnerships with Sam Hain. Their bowling attacks overcame the scare from Wayne Parnell to finish on the winning side. They held the chase at 145/7 in 30 overs before the late attack from Parnell and Josh Tongue stood in their way to victory. Skipper Jeetan Patel had impressive figures of 10-3-37-4 and kept chipping away with wickets in the middle overs. All their top 5 bowlers had a wicket to their name with their fielding unit contributing with a couple of run-outs.
Mathew Critchley – Critchley has made some vital contributions down the order such as 49*, 33* &64* and has scored a total of 154 runs at a strike rate of 127. He has been dismissed only once in five matches he batted so far.
Ravi Rampaul – Ravi Rampaul has been good in all 3 matches he has played so far with the new ball. He has taken 5 wickets and has an economy of 4.3 RPO in batting-friendly conditions.
Stats from the recent matches:
Billy Godleman – 439 runs, Avg. – 110, HS-116, 50s-1, 100s-3
Alex Hughes – 6 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 37.2, Economy – 6.8 RPO, BB – 4/44
Luis Reece, Billy Godleman (c), Wayne Madsen/Alfie Gleadalls, Leus du Plooy, Matthew Critchley, Tom Lace, Alex Hughes, Harvey Hosein (wk), Samuel Conners, Tony Palladino, Ravi Rampaul
Sam Hain – Hain has scores of 161* & 50 in two back to back matches and is getting into good rhythm and form. He will look to continue his good form and help his team.
Jeetan Patel – Patel has 12 wickets this season and is the only bowler in their team who has more than 5 wickets to his name. And he is also their most economical bowler giving runs at just 4.9 RPO.
Stats from the recent matches:
Sam Hain – 267 runs, Avg. – 66.8, HS-161*, 100s-1, 50s -1
Jeetan Patel – 12 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 19.25, Economy – 4.9 RPO, BB – 5/45
Ed Pollock, Dominic Sibley, Sam Hain, Will Rhodes, Liam Banks, Alex Thomson, Aaron Thomason, Alex Mellor/Tim Ambrose (wk), Henry Brookes, Jeetan Patel (c), Oliver Hannon-Dalby
Derby pitch has a good balance between the bat and ball but is slightly inclined towards to batting team. We can expect runs around 280 runs in this pitch. The pitch might slow down as the match progresses. The match day promises to be a sunny day with light drizzles but we should have a full match of 100 overs.
Derbyshire has opted to bat first in both matches played here and the teams will look to continue the same in this match too. Batting second becomes difficult under the lights and teams will look avert the same.
Derbyshire has been consistently putting up big scores with their Captain Godleman leading with the bat. Warwickshire has upbeat after their first victory and these will ready to put up a fight in this match too. But, host Derbyshire is the favorites to win this match.
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