Hosts Derbyshire look to spoil Worcestershire`s march to top
Our Prediction is Worcestershire to win and top the North Group table!
Derbyshire`s chances for qualification ended with their loss to the Lancashire by 30 runs in the last match. They failed to chase down 239 runs in 38 overs in a rain-shortened game. Anuj Dal scored a fifty and put a brave fight while chasing the total. Skipper Billy Godleman and Harvey Hussain scored vital 40+ runs but left stranded by other batsmen. Bowling has been their biggest worry with no bowler making a big impact this season. No bowler in their line-up has taken 10 wickets this season highlights the issues with the bowling unit. Logan Van Beek and Ravi Rampaul are the joint highest wicket-takers with 7 wickets each this season. Their bowlers need to stand up one last time to end the season on a winning note.
Worcestershire is qualified for the playoffs and will look to give themselves a chance at the first spot in the group with a win here. They are coming off back to back wins in their last two encounters. George Rhodes scored his first century this season and helped his team post a good score of 293 runs on board. Ben Cox played a perfect supportive role scoring 87 runs off just 86 balls. Hamish Rutherford scored 2 centuries in first four matches but has faded away as the tournament progressed. Their bowling has been their biggest strength this season and has bowled out the opponents for scores less than 150 runs in last two matches. Wayne Parnell has 5 wicket hauls in both the matches and is leading their bowling attack. Ed Bernard and Skipper Brett D'Oliveira had combined bowling figures of 13-1-46-5 last match and helped their team win by a massive margin of 150 runs.
Billy Godleman – Godleman is in the form of his life and has scored 521 runs this season and is the highest run-scorer in the tournament. He has 3 centuries and a fifty to his name. He will look to add some more runs to his name in his breakout season`s last match.
Mark Watt – Mark Watt has been not amongst the wickets column with just 5 wickets but has been the economical bowler for the team giving away runs at just 5.2 RPO. Mark Watt Is an exciting young talent who can turn into a great asset for the team if groomed properly.
Stats from the recent matches:
Billy Godleman – 521 runs, Avg. – 87, HS-116, 50s-1, 100s-3
Ravi Rampaul – 7 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 30.7, Economy – 5.1 RPO, BB – 2/25
Ravi Rampaul, Billy Godleman (c), Wayne Madsen, Alex Hughes, Luis Reece, Mark Watt, Logan van Beek, Harvey Hosein (wk), Matthew Critchley, Tom Lace, Anuj Dal
Ben Cox – Ben Cox scored his first 50+ score this season after 6 matches and his return to form before the play-offs will be a huge boost for the batting unit. He scored a free-flowing 87 runs last match and missed out on a well deserved century by just 13 runs.
Wayne Parnell – Parnell is on fire with the ball in last two matches with figures of 5/25 & 5/24. He has performed well with the bat too scoring 136 runs with his limited chances. He has been their best all-rounder this season.
Stats from the recent matches:
Hamish Rutherford – 317 runs, Avg. – 63, HS-126, 100s-2
Wayne Parnell – 17 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 17, Economy – 5.4 RPO, BB – 5/24
Riki Wessels, Thomas Charles Fell/Hamish Rutherford, Callum Ferguson, George Rhodes, Brett D'Oliveira (c), Ben Cox (wk), Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, Wayne Parnell, Patrick Brown, Charlie Morris
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 weather does not look promising with 80% chances of rain and match might get shortened due to weather interruptions.
Teams batting second have won two out of three matches here. The possibility of rain brings DL equation into consideration and team batting second has a good chance in case of a shortened match.
Worcestershire is the team with form and momentum on their side and they have a very well balanced playing XI. Derbyshire has a weak bowling attack and their batting hugely depends on Skipper Godleman. So we expect Worcestershire to win this match and top North Group table!
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