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Toss Winner - Northamptonshire won the toss and chose to bowl first
Gloucestershire beat Northamptonshire by 35 runs
The big Central Group clash between Steelbacks and Gloucestershire
Northamptonshire Steelbacks to win
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2020 | Format: T20 | Venue: County Ground, Northampton, England | Toss: To BatBet Now
It will be the biggest clash in the Central Group of the T20 Blast 2020 so far as the two table toppers face each other. Northamptonshire Steelbacks are coming into this contest after a convincing win against Glamorgan and haven’t lost a game yet this season. Gloucestershire too is riding on good form and have won their last three games convincingly. The winner of this game would improve its odds of making it to the next round.
Northamptonshire Steelbacks would draw confidence from the good record they have had against Gloucestershire especially at their home ground. They have won the last three games at home against Gloucestershire. But there is good talent on the Gloucestershire camp and this will make this a good contest where both the sides are expected to push each other hard.
It has been a wonderful season so far for Joshua Cobb’s side. With four straight wins the side has nearly booked a place for itself in the quarterfinals. They defeated Glamorgan comfortably by 4 wickets in their previous game. Their batsmen are in good form and the bowlers have also improved so far in the season. Cobb would know his side would have to play good cricket to win against an in-form Gloucestershire.
The opening pair of Paul Stirling and Richard Levi has provided good starts to the side so far and shall look to repeat this in the next game. In Ricardo Vasconcelos they have another player in good form. Cobb, Alex Wakely and Saif Zaib have good range of strokes and ability to score quick runs. Their batting looks well balanced ahead of this contest.
As far as their bowling is concerned Cobb and Ben Sanderson have looked in good form so far in the season. They will look to inflict early damage with the new ball. Nathan Buck comes into this game riding on good form. Graeme White, Stirling and Gareth Berg add to the bowling options for the side.
Joshua Cobb (c), Richard Levi, Paul Stirling, Alex Wakely, Ricardo Vasconcelos (wk), Graeme White, Saif Zaib, Gareth Berg, Ben Sanderson, Nathan Buck, Brandon Glover
Adam Rossington, Richard Levi, Alex Wakely, Tom Sole, Josh Cobb, Gareth Berg, Ben Sanderson, Paul Stirling, Luke Procter, Graeme White, Nathan Buck
Jack Taylor’s side has enjoyed a good run in the last three games. The 30-run win against the Worcestershire Rapids has now pushed them to the second place in the points table. The side will need to put out its best performance in this game as they are up against the table toppers.
Chris Dent looks in great form and he will be looking to provide a good start along with George Hankins. Ian Cockbain and Ryan Higgins have shown good form and this adds to their batting strength. James Bracey played a very good knock in the last game and along with Taylor and George Scott will look to score quick runs towards the end of the innings.
Their bowlers finally made a strong comeback in the last game and it was good to see new ball bowlers David Payne and Matt Taylor. Higgins did well for his four wickets in the last game and shall carry that confidence. The side would expect tighter spells from Graeme van Buuren, Scott and Tom Smith in this game.
Jack Taylor (c), George Hankins, Chris Dent, Ian Cockbain, Ryan Higgins, James Bracey (wk), George Scott, Graeme van Buuren, Tom Smith, David Payne, Matt Taylor
Chris Dent, David Payne, GLV Buuren, Matthew David Taylor, Jack Taylor, Miles Hammond, George Scott, Ryan Higgins, Tom Smith, Ian Cockbain, James Bracey
Weatherman predicts good weather at Northampton September 11. The pitch has played well in the two games that we have witnessed so far where the ball has come on to the bat nicely and allowed batsmen to play their strokes. There is some assistance with the new ball and bowlers need to use it well. The side that bats first would be eying a score in excess of 170 runs here.
County Ground, Northampton is a small venue and this has always made it a good hunting ground for batsmen who can play their strokes. Fast bowlers with the ability to swing the ball have done well at this venue. Spinners have to bowl in the right areas as there is a very thin margin of error given the small dimensions at the venue.
The pitch has played well in the two games that has been so far played at the venue and on both occasions the sides batting first have gone on to win the game. This will surely be on the minds of both the captains at the toss and we expect the side winning it to opt for batting first on this wicket.
This one is expected to be a cracker of a contest given the kind of form the two sides bring into the table. Gloucestershire have won the last three games and the side is on song at the moment with their top order doing well. Bowlers too have made a good comeback. The Northamptonshire Steelbacks on the other hand have a very good record at home and they will look to retain it in the next game. They haven’t lost a game so far and this will make them favorites in this game.
Northamptonshire Steelbacks to win
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