Birmingham Bears’ challenge to grab quarterfinal berth with a win
Birmingham Bears to win
As Birmingham Bears play Worcestershire Rapids at their home ground Edgbaston in the next game of the Central Group in the T20 Blast 2020, it will be a very important game for the hosts. Bears need to win this one to open up their chances of making it to the next round while for the Worcestershire Rapids it will be all about playing for pride as they are down at the bottom of the points table and have lost all hopes of making it to the next round.
Worcestershire Rapids registered a win in their last game which will fill them with confidence in what has otherwise been a very bad season for the side. Birmingham Bears lost the last game and have seen a mixed season where they have been occasionally brilliant and player poorly in other games. They had defeated the Rapids in the earlier game this season and shall be carrying this confidence into the next game.
It was a below par performance from Will Rhodes’ side in the previous game against Gloucestershire where they went down by 50 runs owning to poor show from their batsmen. The side will need to win this game to improve its chances of booking a berth in the quarterfinals. They had defeated the Rapids earlier in the season and Rhodes would like his men to draw inspiration from that win.
The side would be looking for a good start from Robert Yates and Dominic Sibley in this game after their failure in the last few games. In the middle order Adam Hose, Sam Hain and Rhodes have scored runs in previous games and make the batting look strong. In Tim Bresnan and Michael Burgess they have good hitters of the ball down the order and these players will look to do well in this game.
Their bowlers haven’t enjoyed great success so far in the season and as the tournament enters its most important phase the side would be expecting better show with the ball from Tim Bresnan and Jeetan Patel. Both of them are highly experienced players. Olly Stone has bowled well and he will look to keep the scoring rate under check alongside Henry Brookes, Rhodes and Jacob Lintott.
Will Rhodes (c), Dominic Sibley, Robert Yates, Adam Hose, Sam Hain, Michael Burgess (wk), Tim Bresnan, Henry Brookes, Olly Stone, Jacob Lintott, Jeetan Patel
Michael Burgess, Tim Bresnan, Sam Hain, Adam Hose, Robert Yates, Jacob Lintott, Dan Mousley, Will Rhodes, Jeetan Patel, Henry Brookes, Olly Stone
Ed Barnard would be happy with the 8-run win his side achieved against Northamptonshire Steelbacks in the last game. It was one of the rare positive moments for the side in what has been an extremely poor season for them. The side would be looking to play for pride and carry the momentum into the next game.
Their batting has been good in most games this season and openers Hamish Rutherford and Jack Haynes come into this game with runs in the previous game. Jake Libby, Ben Cox and D’Oliveira have also scored runs this season in the middle order. Ross Whiteley, Barnard and Daryl Mitchell down the order add firepower to this batting line-up and the side would be expecting quick runs from them in this game.
The form of their bowling attack can be summarized from the fact that they have conceded more than 150 runs in their last six games. The side would be expecting a good show with the new ball from Charlie Morris and Dillon Pennington with the new ball. Barnard bowled well in the last game and shall look to do well again. The side would like to see better efforts from Patrick Brown in this game.
Ed Barnard (c), Hamish Rutherford, Jack Haynes, Jake Libby, Brett DOliveira, Ben Cox (wk), Ross Whiteley, Daryl Mitchell, Patrick Brown, Dillon Pennington, Charlie Morris
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Patrick Brown, Jake Libby, Hamish Rutherford, Ben Cox, Jack Haynes, Ed Barnard, Adam Finch, Charlie Morris, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D Oliveira, Ross Whiteley
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|09h||20||0 mm.||2.67 k/h||From: N||99%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||2.77 k/h||From: N||99%|
|15h||23||0 mm.||3.48 k/h||From: N||100%|
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It will be sunny weather at Birmingham on September 18 and this is likely to favor the batsmen as the ball will swing less as compared to what we have seen in earlier games. The pitch has enough for the bowlers and the batsmen will have to be selective in their stroke making. A score of 160 runs or more would be a good total at this venue.
Edgbaston, Birmingham is one of the best venues in the UK for the bowlers. The bounce and movement off the surface doesn’t allow batsmen to free their arms and the large dimensions of the ground also make it difficult for them. Spinners have enjoyed bowling at this venue in the past and they can flight the ball without fear.
In the four games played at this venue this season the side batting first has gone on to win three games. There have been mostly low scoring games at this ground this season and the pitch has become difficult to bat on as the game has progressed. Thus the side that wins the toss would like to bat first in this game.
Worcestershire Rapids have had a horrible season especially with the ball and the side has been completely dependent on their batsmen to win games. They come here with a win which has restored positivity in the camp. Birmingham Bears are coming into this game with a loss but they have played much better than their opponent this season. They have always been a formidable force at home and this will give them the edge going into this contest.
Birmingham Bears to win