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Will Lancashire clinch this game against Worcestershire to make their place in the top 2 of the points table?
We predict that Worcestershire will defeat Lancashire.
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ONE DAY | Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester | Toss: To BatBet Now
Lancashire will face Worcestershire in this 56th fixture of the Royal London One Day Cup 2021. This match will be played on 9th August at Old Trafford Ground in Manchester which is the home ground of Lancashire. Having a home-ground advantage, Lancashire will try to continue their winning streak against Worcestershire. Currently, with 3 wins in 6 games, Lancashire are in 3rd place in group 2 with 7 points in their account whereas, Worcestershire are in 4th place in the same group as they 3 games from 6 they played in this season. They have 6 points so far in this league stage.
Both teams are now looking forward to winning this game as this is the final set of fixtures from the league stage. They will try to be in the top 2 at the end of the league stage. There is a strong battle for the top 2 spots of this 2nd group and that’s why we might get to see a thriller in this fixture on Sunday.
After winning the first three consecutive games, Lancashire lost their last 2 matches of the league and with 7 points in hand, they are at third place in the points table. Now they will play against Worcestershire and will try to be back on the winning track again. Danny Lamb’s all-around performance including 2 wickets for 65 runs with the ball and not out 86 runs from 69 balls in the lower order while chasing the target, helped them to register the first win of a tournament against Sussex. They were looking strong in the first 4 matches but lost the momentum in the last two against Middlesex and Durham.
Tom Bailey’s superb spell of 3 wickets for 33 runs against Middlesex helped them to restrict opponents to just 257 runs, but they couldn’t manage to chase down that target and lost their first game of this league stage. Rob Jones tried to manage things in the middle order by scoring 72 runs from 98 balls but failed to convert that into a match-winning knock. Teams’ batting failed again while chasing the target of 328 runs against Durham. The overall squad is looking strong in both batting as well as bowling but they have lost the momentum of their batting unit in the last couple of matches. They will now try to back on a winning streak against Worcestershire on Sunday.
Top players for Lancashire: Luke Wells, Rob Jones, Dane Vilas, Danny Lamb.
Keaton Jennings, Josh Bohannon, Luke Wells, Rob Jones, Dane Vilas(c), Steven Croft, George Lavelle(wk), Danny Lamb, Liam Hurt, Tom Bailey, Jack Morley.
Worcestershire also lost momentum in the last 3 matches as they lost 3 games back to back after winning the first three consecutive games of the season. Now, with 6 points from 6 games including 3 wins and 3 defeats, they are at 4th place in the points table before meeting Lancashire in the next game on 9th August. With the help of Jack Haynes’ 77 runs from 89 balls and Tom Fell’s 57 runs from 56 balls, they managed to win their first game of the season against Kent. They continued their good form in the next match against Essex and registered a victory with the help of a partnership of 243 runs between Jack Haynes (153 runs from 128 balls) and Brett D'Oliveira (123 runs from 116 balls).
Although they were looking in good touch in the first three matches, they failed to continue that momentum as they have lost three matches against Middlesex, Hampshire, and Sussex in the last 3 games. Despite Jack Haynes who is 2nd in the list of most run-scorers of the league by scoring 342 runs in the last 6 games, other batsmen failed to deliver for this team in the last few games. They will now try to focus on the team’s batting issues, as the batting unit is struggling to deliver for them. The team will be in search of the victory against Worcestershire as they are looking forward to booking their spot in the top 2 of this 2nd group.
Top players for Worcestershire: Jack Haynes, Brett D'Oliveira, Joe Leach, Adam Finch.
Jack Haynes, Brett D'Oliveira, Tom Fell, Jake Libby, Ed Barnard, Joe Leach(c), Gareth Roderick(wk), Joshua Dell, Josh Baker, Charlie Morris, Adam Finch.
The weather will be fully cloudy on match day, with a 90-100% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 17°C - 12°C range.
Old Trafford in Manchester will host this match. This ground has a capacity of 19000 and has conducted few international as well as domestic games so far. This ground is the home ground for Lancashire in this cup.
This ground has conducted 55 ODIs matches so far and offered an advantage to bowlers in a few previous international and domestic matches as well. The team who has opted to bat first here has delivered better as in the last 5 ODI matches, the team who has opted for bat first won 4 games out of 5. At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bat first.
Both teams have started their season well but failed to deliver in the last few matches. Both are dependent on the batting unit and that’s why they failed to register victories in the last few games as the batting units of both teams failed in those games. Worcestershire have a good spin attack with them and they will try to put pressure on Lancashire’s batsmen and will look to back on a winning track using their bowling strength.
We predict that Worcestershire will defeat Lancashire.
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