Our Prediction is Yorkshire to win!
Northamptonshire will be eagerly looking to bounce back in the competition when they will face Yorkshire in the North Group game of Royal London One-Day Cup in Northampton on Wednesday. The home side will need to raise their game with bat and ball in order to break their losing streak against Yorkshire. Northamptonshire is currently lying in the bottom half of the league table with 2 points to their name.
On the other hand, Yorkshire will be looking to make a strong comeback in this game. The side was convincingly beaten by Nottinghamshire in their previous game played at Trent Bridge on Sunday.
Alex Wakely-led unit suffered a narrow 20-run defeat against Worcestershire in their previous game played on Friday. Northamptonshire has already dealt a huge blow as West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder will take no further part in the competition due to his international commitments. In his absence, the burden of the batting department will be shared by Captain Alex Wakely, Rob Keogh, and wicket-keeper Adam Rossington, who will need to do the bulk of the scoring. Alex Wakely played well in the previous game and scored 46 off 58 balls with the help of four fours.
The opening pair of Richard Levi and Ben Curran failed to produce runs for the side in the previous game. Northamptonshire will be hoping that the likes of Levi and Curran can produce runs with the bat in this contest.
The batting department will be also hoping that young Joshua Cobb, who has so far struggled in this year’s competition and has managed to score only 63 runs in five innings at an average of just 12.60, will return to form and provide that stability as well.
Rob Keogh and Luke Procter have contributed with crucial scores for the side in this year’s tournament. Proctor certainly produced a valiant effort and scored 35 off 34 balls with the help of two fours and a six.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Ben Sanderson, Blessing Muzarabani and Nathan Buck to provide wickets with the new-ball. The bowling trio bowled well in the previous game and picked up five wickets between them. Joshua Cobb and Rob Keogh also picked up crucial wickets for the side in the previous game.
Alex Wakely (c), Joshua Cobb, Richard Levi, Ben Sanderson, Blessing Muzarabani, Rob Keogh, Luke Procter, Adam Rossington, Ian Holland, Nathan Buck, Rob Newton
The side will be looking to get back to winning ways after producing a lackluster performance in their previous game played against Nottinghamshire on Sunday. Captain Steven Patterson will be hoping that side can deliver a clinical performance against Northamptonshire.
In the batting department, the team will be hoping that in-form opening partnership of Adam Lyth and Tom Kohler-Cadmore to produce runs with the bat in this game. Lyth was certainly a standout player in the batting department in the previous game. He scored 63 off 54 balls to help Yorkshire get off to an excellent start against Nottinghamshire.
Adam Lyth put on a 107-run partnership with Harry Brook to see Yorkshire comfortably placed at 112 for 1 after 15.5 overs. Brook also produced crucial innings and scored 39 off 41 balls with the help of five boundaries. The dismissals of Lyth and Brook triggered a collapse as Yorkshire went from 112 for 1 to 213 all out.
Gary Ballance, wicket-keeper James Tattersall, and Matthew Waite will need to deliver runs for the side in this game. The middle-order need to show responsibility and make sure Yorkshire bat their full quota of overs in this game.
Ballance is currently Yorkshire’s leading run-scorer in the competition with 257 runs in 5 matches at an average of 64.25. He certainly needs to bat at no.3 in the batting order to help Yorkshire post competitive scores on the board in the competition.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Duanne Olivier, Steven Patterson, and Mathew Pillans to pick up wickets with the new-ball. Pace bowler Mathew Pillans is currently leading the bowling charts for Yorkshire this season with 11 wickets at an average of 16.63.
Steven Patterson (c), Adam Lyth, Harry Brook, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Gary Ballance, Jack Leaning, Jonathan Tattersall, Tim Bresnan, Matthew Waite, Duanne Olivier/Matthew Pillans, Josh Poysden
The pitch is expected to provide a good contest between bat and ball. The batsmen will need to concentrate hard as the ball might swing in the initial Powerplay overs. The weather forecast for the game on Wednesday is cloudy skies throughout the day.
County Ground in Northampton is going to host all the games for Northamptonshire in this year’s competition. The side lost their previous game played at this venue. Yorkshire will be confident of doing well as they have won four out of their last five games played against Northamptonshire in the competition.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and put runs on the board. It will not be easy to chase down runs at this venue as the quick bowlers will get a lot of assistance under lights. The last two games have been won by sides batting first.
Northamptonshire will need to bring their A-game to the table in this game. In the absence of Jason Holder, the side will certainly face an uphill task against a strong side like Yorkshire.
On the other hand, Yorkshire has quality players like Gary Ballance, Adam Lyth, and Tim Bresnan, who will be looking to produce something special in this game.
Expect Yorkshire to produce a comprehensive win over Northamptonshire.
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