Our Prediction is Lancashire to win!
Lancashire has peaked at the right time and has won five matches in a row now. They came back strongly after their losses in the first two matches and are looking unstoppable currently. Keaton Jennings and Jake Lehmann made excellent scores of 84 & 77* respectively to take their team`s total to a respectable 239 runs in 38 overs. Steve Croft and Skipper Dane Vilas have been their prolific run scorers this season. Their bowling is their stronger suit and they have contained batsmen to scores below 250 runs in their last three matches. Saqib Mahmood leads the bowling charts with 20 scalps. Mathew Parkinson, Glenn Maxwell and Graham Onions have played as a perfect combination capable of restricting any opposition batting line-up. Lancashire is on a roll and will love to enter the play-offs with the same form and momentum.
Warwickshire is having a bad season with just a single win in their 6 matches and is no more in contention for play-offs. They will be now free for the qualification pressure and will play with an open mind. Alex Thompson and Alex Mellor shared a century partnership the last match scoring their respective fifties and helped their team post a decent 289 runs on the board. Sam Hain is the only centurion in the team and his century helped in his team`s lone victory. Their bowling unit has been not able to take wickets at regular intervals and consistently. Skipper Jeetan Patel has 13 wickets and is their best wicket-taker this season. Alex Thompson and Henry Brookes need to step up with their performance with the ball to help his team`s chances for victory.
Alex Thompson – Thompson had a good last match despite his team`s loss. He scored 68 runs and took three wickets with the ball. He needs to perform consistently both with the bat and ball.
Jeetan Patel – Patel has been the lone warrior with the ball in hand taking 13 wickets and giving away runs at an economy of just 4.9 RPO. He has no support from the other end and is left stranded as a captain and bowler.
Stats from the recent matches:
Sam Hain – 301 runs, Avg. – 60.2, HS-161*, 100s-1, 50s-1
Jeetan Patel – 13 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 21.7, Economy – 4.9 RPO, BB – 5/45
Jeetan Patel (c), Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Sam Hain, Dominic Sibley, Will Rhodes, Alex Mellor (wk), Henry Brookes, George Panayi, Liam Banks, Ed Pollock, Alex Thomson
Jake Lehmann – Lehmann announced himself with a brilliant knock of 77* runs of 67 balls in his first game this season. He is expected to get more game time in the playing XI and will be looking to score big runs for the team.
Saqib Mahmood – Mahmood has taken 20 wickets and is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament currently. His bowling form has been the main reason behind the team turnaround and he will look take more wickets and the season as the highest wicket-taker.
Stats from the recent matches:
Steven Croft – 393 runs, Avg. – 98, HS-110, 50s-2, 100s-1
Saqib Mahmood – 20 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 18.5, Economy – 5.5 RPO, BB – 6/37 – Highest wicket-taker
Keaton Jennings, Haseeb Hameed, Steven Croft, Jake Lehmann, Dane Vilas (c &wk), Rob Jones, Josh Bohannon, Saqib Mahmood, Graham Onions, Liam Hurt, Matthew Parkinson
Birmingham is a good batting surface and batsmen will find it easier to score runs once they are set. Average scores will be around 300 here. Any score of less than 270 will be chased down easily. The match day looks to have cloudy weather with more than 50% chances of rain.
With rain threat looming and DL equation in hindsight, both teams will look to chase the total. The overcast conditions early in the day may help seamers to swing the ball in the first innings.
Lancashire is on a winning streak and will look to extend it with more wins in their upcoming matches. Warwickshire is almost out of playoff contention and will look to sign off their season at home with a victory. We expect Lancashire to win their sixth match in a row.
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