Nottinghamshire seek for the elusive momentum before the play-offs
Our Prediction is Nottinghamshire to win!
Northamptonshire is out of the tournament and has no chance for qualification to the next stages of the tournament. They will look to win their last match at home and sign-off the season on a good note. They come off after a win against Leicestershire by 29 runs. Rob Keogh (102) and Ben Curran (69 runs) joined together to form a 150-run partnership to help his post a good total of 290 runs on board. Earlier they were reeling at 102/4 in half-way mark before this pair `s partnership. Nathan Buck leads the bowling attack with 3 wickets to restrict the opposition to just 261 runs in their 50 overs. Luke Procter and Ben Sanderson took 2 wickets each and helped their team keep chipping away with wickets at regular intervals. Northamptonshire will be left without the services of their all-rounder Jason Holder who is out for national duties.
Nottinghamshire won their first five matches in a row and was the first team to qualify for the next round in North Group. But now, they have lost one match and one match ended as a no-result in their last two matches. They will look to enter the playoffs with a win in their last league match. Their batting had a rare bad day against Worcestershire and was bundled out for 124 runs. They have three batsmen Ben Slater, Steven Mullaney and Joe Clarke scoring more than 250 runs at an average over 50. Ben Slater is down with an injury and Chris Nash has replaced him and scored 2 fifties in his three outings. Luke Fletcher and James Pattinson have been their main wicket taking bowlers and have claimed 14 & 10 wickets respectively. Jake Ball, Samit Patel, and Mathew Carter have bowled well in crucial times and provided much-needed support for the team`s bowling.
Ben Curran – Ben Curran`s change in batting position to middle order provided rich dividends last match after he scored 69 runs off 68 balls. He has to score more runs and seal his spot in the batting line-up.
Ben Sanderson – Ben Sanderson took two wickets in his first 3 overs and left the opposition team struggling very early in the match. He has taken 11 wickets this season at an economy of just 4.8 RPO.
Stats from the recent matches:
Rob Keogh – 288 runs, Avg. – 41, HS-102, 100s-1 , 50s-2
Ben Sanderson –11 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 17.8, Economy – 5.5 RPO, BB – 3/44
Richard Levi, Ricardo Vasconcelos (wk), Joshua Cobb, Alex Wakely (c), Rob Keogh, Ben Curran, Luke Procter, Ian Holland, Brett Hutton, Nathan Buck, Ben Sanderson
Steven Mullaney – Mullaney was dismissed for a duck last time he batted against Worcestershire but he has scores of 54*, 81, 40 & 56* in the matches preceding that match. It is a rare failure and he will return to his good form in this match.
Mathew Carter – Mathew Carter has improved with the ball as the tournament has progressed and he has 7 wickets in last 4 matches and has given away runs at an economy of just 5.23 RPO. He seems to have found form at the right time before the playoffs.
Stats from the recent matches:
Joe Clarke – 319 runs, Avg. – 53, HS-139, 100s-1 50s-1
Luke Fletcher – 14 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 18, Economy – 5.7 RPO, BB – 5/56
Samit Patel, Chris Nash, James Pattinson, Luke Fletcher, Steven Mullaney (c), Jake Ball, Joe Clarke, Jake Libby, Matthew Carter, Tom Moores (wk), Lyndon James
Northampton is good batting surface where a lot of runs will be scored and bowlers will find it difficult to bowl. The 350 run mark has been breached twice in three matches this season here. Teams batting first must score over 300 runs to give a fight. The weather forecast has scattered rains with cloud cover and DL equation may into consideration.
Both teams will look to chase down the total with rain expected and in the last match, Yorkshire benefitted from batting second due to the DL equation here. Teams winning the toss have lost the match in all the three matches played here comes up as a bizarre stat here.
Nottinghamshire team is the best team in the North group so far with all-round performances with the bat and ball and is rightly at the top of the table. Northamptonshire have nothing to lose here and they are just playing for pride and this puts less pressure on them. We expect the in-form Nottinghamshire to win this contest.
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