Our Prediction is Lancashire to win this game!
Lancashire has been the best team in the last week of the tournament. They had a brilliant turn around after losing the first two matches and have now won four matches in a row. They defeated in-form Durham team last match by 3 wickets. They chased down the total of 231 runs on the back of Steven Croft`s 99 runs. He missed his century agonizingly by just a run but will be happy with his team`s win. Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas, and Rob Jones played little cameos to help build a partnership in the middle. Their bowling unit has been their biggest strength helping the keep the opposition scores below par in all the matches. Glenn Maxwell was the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. Graham Onions and Saqib Mahmood chipped in with two wickets each to bowl out the Durham team.
Derbyshire comes off here after an excellent win against Warwickshire team by 5 wickets. Wayne Madsen was the star with the bat helping his team in a chase with an unbeaten century. Alex Hughes played a good hand by scoring 69 runs in the middle and the openers put a good opening stand of 61 runs in the swinging conditions early on. Their bowlers restricted the opposition team to score of 289 runs. Logan Van Beek returned to playing XI and straightaway captured 3 wickets. Mark Watt bowled a brilliant spell giving away just 32 runs in his 10 overs and took a wicket. Ravi Rampaul and Luis Reece shared a wicket each and their bowling unit contained the Warwickshire team to score below 300 runs which were a psychological advantage for them.
Glenn Maxwell – Maxwell had an all-round performance of 26 runs & 3/42 in his 10 over’s the last match. He is a player capable of scoring big with the bat and will look to put a big show in the coming matches.
James Anderson – Anderson is one of the finest exponents of swing with the new ball in hand. Anderson will be delighted to bowl with overcast conditions and rain clouds cover which will aid the seam bowlers.
Stats from the recent matches:
Steve Croft – 375 runs, Avg. – 125, HS-110, 100s-1, 50s -2
Saqib Mahmood – 20 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 15.9, Economy – 5.4 RPO, BB – 6/37
Keaton Jennings, Haseeb Hameed, Steven Croft, Glenn Maxwell, Dane Vilas (c & wk), Rob Jones, Josh Bohannon, Graham Onions, Saqib Mahmood, James Anderson, Stephen Parry
Wayne Madsen – Madsen scored 119* in the chase and helped his team in a chase without any hiccups. He carried on the good work by the openers and their team would be delighted by his batting performance.
Logan Van Beek – Van Beek came back after two matches to the playing Xi and straight away was the difference in the bowling attack between the teams. In fact, he is joint highest wicket-taker for the team with 6 wickets.
Stats from the recent matches:
Billy Godleman – 479 runs, Avg. – 96, HS-116, 50s-1, 100s-3
Ravi Rampaul – 6 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 27.9, Economy – 4.9 RPO, BB – 2/25
Billy Godleman (c), Wayne Madsen, Ravi Rampaul, Alex Hughes, Luis Reece, Mark Watt, Logan van Beek, Harvey Hosein (wk), Matthew Critchley, Anuj Dal, Tom Lace
Manchester is a lively pitch with some aid for the fast bowlers off the pitch and overcast conditions may also help them in this match. The average scores here will be around 260-270 runs. Leicestershire was bowled out for just 80 runs under overcast conditions the last match. The match day seems to have rain clouds and 70% chances of rain as per the weather forecast.
The pitch might have a lot of moisture content beneath it due to the early rains and both teams will look to utilize it help the ball zip and swing. Both captains will look to bowl first and put the opposition in testing conditions.
Lancashire is on a roll with 4 wins and has momentum and form on their side. To add further, they play on familiar home conditions with bowlers who are able to use favorable conditions. Derbyshire will be up against a stiff challenge and they will love to take the fight to the opposition. This promises to be an exciting game.
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