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Steelbacks’ quest to book a berth in the quarterfinal
Northamptonshire Steelbacks to win
Tournament: VITALITY T20 BLAST 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: New Road One, Worcester, England | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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Worcestershire Rapids would be battling for pride as they take on the Northamptonshire Steelbacks at home in the next game of Vitality T20 Blast 2022. Worcestershire Rapids come into this game after a big loss against the Leicestershire Foxes. The Steelbacks have done well, and they registered a comfortable win against Lancashire Lightning in their last game.
Worcestershire Rapids have won only once in the tournament, and they are out of contention for a place in the next round. Their batting has been poor, and the side would have to play out of its skins to win the game here. Northamptonshire Steelbacks have done well, and their key players are in good form and shall look to ride their form in this game.
It has been a season that Colin Munro and his side would best like to be done with. They haven’t been able to match up to the challenge and have produced ordinary performances. The side went down by 8 wickets against Leicestershire Foxes in another instance of a batting meltdown. As they take on the Steelbacks, Munro would like to see a better effort from his players to restore lost pride.
Brett D’Oliveira and Ed Pollock haven’t looked at their best at the top and come here with a string of ordinary scores. They must do well for the side to win. Munro needs to lead from the front and score runs along with Jack Haynes and Ed Barnard. They would also need runs from the bats of Kashif Ali and Gareth Roderick given the lack of form at the top.
On the bowling front, the side would also need to bowl better lines to put the Steelbacks under pressure. Early wickets from Josh Baker and Mitchell Terry Stanley shall put the side in a comfortable position. Dwayne Bravo is an experienced bowler, and he has a key role in the middle overs alongside Patrick Brown and Ed Barnard.
Colin Munro (c), Ed Pollock, Brett D’Oliveira, Jack Haynes, Ed Barnard, Kashif Ali, Gareth Roderick (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Josh Baker, Patrick Brown, Mitchell Terry Stanley
Joshua Cobb’s side is looking strong. They come here with four straight wins and sit second on the points table. It was a strong batting performance by the side against the Lancashire Lightning in the last game where they won by 7 wickets with more than three overs to spare. The team would look to deliver a strong show here and book a berth in the quarterfinal of the season.
Ben Curran and Emilio Gay look in good form at the top and this pair shall look to set up a good opening wicket stand. Cobb has led front the strong and he adds strength to the side’s batting in the middle order along with James Neesham and Saif Zaib. Rob Keogh, Lewis McManus, and Tom Taylor make it a formidable batting line-up and they will look to score quick runs.
Cobb and Ben Sanderson have looked good with the new ball and the side would like to see a good spell from them in this game. Neesham and Graeme White have lots of experience and the side would want them to trouble the Worcestershire batsmen in the middle overs. Taylor and Freddie Heldreich add to the side’s bowling options and make it look good.
Joshua Cobb (c), Ben Curran, Emilio Gay, Saif Zaib, Rob Keogh, James Neesham, Lewis McManus (wk), Tom Taylor, Graeme White, Ben Sanderson, Freddie Heldreich
The weather at Worchester would be partly cloudy on June 18 and this is expected to make the batting conditions challenging. There has been bounce and carry for the fast bowlers on this track. The side that bats first in this game shall be happy to have a score of 160 runs on the board.
New Road, Worcester is a small venue, and this has allowed batsmen to score runs easily on this track. There is assistance for the fast bowlers at this venue and they have done well over the years. The smaller dimensions of the ground make it a very tough one for the spinners.
It has been a difficult wicket this season and we haven’t yet seen batsmen find it easy on this track. Bowlers have found assistance from the surface and hence the side that wins the toss here should have little hesitation in opting to bat first in the game.
Worcestershire Rapids have struggled due to the inconsistency of their key players. Their batsmen have been in poor form and the bowling attack hasn’t inspired much confidence for the side. Northamptonshire Steelbacks are in good form, and they have a powerful batting line-up. This will put them ahead of the Rapids in this game.
Northamptonshire Steelbacks to win
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