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Toss Winner - Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl first
An inconsistent Northamptonshire take on a struggling Glamorgan
Our Prediction is for Northamptonshire to win
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: County Ground | Toss: To BatBet Now
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This is a battle between the two teams placed right in the middle of the Group B points table. A loss here for Northamptonshire would cost them dearly as they would slip even further in the standings. Glamorgan, who faced their first defeat in the last match, will look at this fixture as an opportunity to further solidify their position in Group B.
Northamptonshire will be back to their home ground in Northampton where they registered their first and only win of the season so far. After successfully chasing down a massive target of 344 runs against Essex at the home venue, Northamptonshire lost against Hampshire while chasing a low target of 200 runs at Newport.
This inconsistency is shocking, especially, at the start of the season. The hosts need to find a fix for their troubles soon and what’s better than a home game to stage a comeback.
The New Zealand batting all-rounder Will Young is leading Northamptonshire in this season of the Royal One-Day Cup. A talented batter, Young scored consecutive fifties in his first two innings of the tournament. However, the openers Ricardo Vasconcelos and Emilio Gay have struggled to put a decent opening stand throughout.
Saif Zaib and Rob Keogh are key middle-order batters for Northamptonshire with Zaib having scored a hundred against Essex and Keogh adding crucial 74 runs in the last match. Like most other teams in the tournament, Northamptonshire also packs a strong punch in the middle and lower-middle order.
Lewis McManus, James Seales, and Tom Taylor were all significant in the successful run-chase against Essex. Other strengths in this Northamptonshire setup include the all-rounders. James Seales, Rob Keogh, and Tom Taylor can all contribute with the ball and pick a few crucial wickets.
However, the inconsistency in this side doesn’t just stop with their overall performance. It has been at the individual level and due to this, the different departments haven’t managed to come together as a unit and dominate the opposition.
Ricardo Vasconcelos, Emilio Gay, Will Young (c), Rob Keogh, Saif Zaib, Lewis McManus (wk), James Seales, Tom Taylor, Nathan Buck, Jack White, Alex Russell
The defending champions started their 2022 campaign with back-to-back wins and suffered their first defeat in the last game against Yorkshire at Cardiff. This loss is similar to what happened to Northamptonshire. Just after successfully chasing down 308 runs against Kent, Glamorgan were bowled out for 234 in the chase of 258 runs.
Colin Ingram is the biggest star of this Glamorgan set-up and was instrumental in the run-chase against Kent with his 155-runs knock. However, the most promising opening duo of Sam Northeast and David Lloyd haven’t managed to make any significant contributions with the bat. This is another similarity between Glamorgan and the hosts.
The worrying signs for Glamorgan are in their middle order. Billy Root, the younger sibling of former England Test captain, Joe Root bats at number 4 in this batting lineup. It is an extremely important batting position and Root has been disappointing, to say the least. A decline in the batting performances from the middle and lower-middle order is indicative of a struggle in the Glamorgan setup.
David Lloyd, Sam Northeast, Colin Ingram, Kiran Carlson (c), Billy Root, Joe Cooke, Tom Cullen (wk), Daniel Douthwaite, Andrew Salter, James Weighell, Jamie Mcllroy
The weather forecast is for a sunny day in Northampton on the match day. The pitch has always been batting-friendly at this venue with the hosts chasing down a 300+ total in their recent game.
County Ground in Northampton is the venue for this match and has been a batting-friendly venue. In ODIs, teams batting first have won 3 of the 4 matches at this venue.
The average 1st innings total in Royal One-Day Cup matches at this venue is 262. Right-arm fast-medium bowlers have been the most successful here followed by right-arm medium and left-arm slow bowlers.
Whether in international one-day matches or the domestic tournaments, teams batting first have won most matches at this venue. Having recently failed to chase down totals, both teams will be more than comfortable to bat first after winning the toss.
There are signs of decline in form and consistency in both squads. While the defending champions have more wins and points to their tally, they are struggling to find match-winners in their side. The hosts, on the other hand, are also struggling with inconsistencies in their side and all of their hopes will be on the home advantage to play out in their favour. Looking at the squad composition of Northamptonshire and the promise it shows, we back the hosts to win this match.
Our Prediction is for Northamptonshire to win
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