Important Game for Birmingham Bears To Move Up On Points Table
Birmingham Bears to win
We are entering the most important phase in the league stage of the T20 Blast 2020. The next Central Group game would see the Worcestershire Rapids play the Birmingham Bears in their home ground. Both the sides have won their previous games and they would be in high spirits. For Bears this will be a very important game as a win here would improve their odds of earning a quarterfinal berth directly. As for the Rapids they are already out of the contention for the next round and shall be looking to play for pride in home conditions.
Despite their victory in the last game the Worcestershire Rapids have so far had a very poor season. It has been their bowling attack that has failed to live up to the challenge and forced the side into the bottom of the points table. Bears with two wins in their last two games look in good form but they haven’t had the best of records against the Rapids over the last few seasons. Hence, we hope to see a good contest.
It was finally something to cheer about for Ed Barnard’s side as they registered the first win of the season against Somerset in the last game winning it by 3 runs. Barnard would like his side to carry the same form into the next game. They would draw inspiration from the good record they have had against the Birmingham Bears in the past.
Hamish Rutherford and Riki Wessels will need to provide a good start for the side. Rutherford scored runs in the last game and so did Jake Libby and Ben Cox in the middle order. Ross Whiteley, Barnard and Brett D’Oliveira add depth to this batting line-up and all of them have been among the runs this season. With their bowling attack struggling, the side would expect to see a similar show from their batsmen.
The side will need to make improvements with its bowling attack. Adam Finch and Charlie Morris will need to start well with the new ball in the next game. Patrick Brown was expensive in the last game but he has bowled well in the series. Daryl Mitchell, Barnard and D’Oliveira will need to bowl tighter lines as they are up against a very strong batting line-up.
Ed Barnard (c), Hamish Rutherford, Riki Wessels, Jake Libby, Brett DOliveira, Ben Cox (wk), Ross Whiteley, Adam Finch, Patrick Brown, Daryl Mitchell, Charlie Morris
Riki Wessels, Patrick Brown, Jake Libby, Hamish Rutherford, Ben Cox, Dillon Pennington, Ed Barnard, Charlie Morris, Daryl Mitchell, Brett D Oliveira, Ross Whiteley
Will Rhodes’ side comes into this game riding on good form having won their last two games. They won against Glamorgan by 13 runs in the last game in what was a good effort from their bowlers. Rhodes would want his side to play aggressively in the next game and win it which can open their chance for a direct entry into the quarterfinals.
Their openers Ed Pollock and Dominic Sibley shall be looking to provide a good start after missing out in the previous game. The middle order looks in good form for the side as Adam Hose, Rhodes and Sam Hain have scored runs this season. In Michael Burgess, Henry Brookes and Tim Bresnan the side has good strength down the order.
Their bowlers did a good job in the last game and the skipper would be expecting a similar show from Olly Stone and Tim Bresnan in this contest. Jacob Lintott has been picking wickets regularly and has enjoyed a good season so far. Jeetan Patel’s form hasn’t been great but his experience adds to the strength of this bowling attack.
Will Rhodes (c), Ed Pollock, Dominic Sibley, 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, Will Rhodes, Jeetan Patel, Henry Brookes, Dom Sibley, Olly Stone
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|00h||12||0 mm.||2.25 k/h||From: ESE||78%|
|03h||11||0 mm.||1.24 k/h||From: SE||1%|
|06h||9||0 mm.||0.88 k/h||From: S||0%|
|09h||8||0 mm.||0.17 k/h||From: SSW||23%|
|12h||12||0 mm.||0.73 k/h||From: E||61%|
|15h||17||0 mm.||2.79 k/h||From: SSE||99%|
|18h||21||0 mm.||3.83 k/h||From: S||95%|
|21h||22||0 mm.||4.71 k/h||From: SSW||28%|
It will be clear skies over Worchester on September 13 and the conditions would be in favor of the batsmen. There isn’t going to be much on the surface early on in the game and bowlers will have to stick to tight lines to do well here. Batting first a side would need more than 170 runs on the board to feel comfortable on this surface.
It is a small park at New Road, Worcester and this has always allowed batsmen to play their aggressive game. Fast bowlers have to bowl tight lines to earn their rewards but there always something for them with the new balls. It isn’t the best venue as a spinner as the shorter boundaries makes it a challenge to toss the ball up.
The pitch looked an absolutely belter in the last game and lots of runs were scored here. The weather conditions would also be favorable in the next game and we expect to see similar pitch conditions. The side that wins the toss in this game shall in all likelihood opt to bat first and look to put up a big total on the board.
Worcestershire Rapids managed to do well in the last game and win it but the side doesn’t still seem to be 100% in it as their bowlers have been struggling with their form at the moment. The Birmingham Bears on the other hand are playing much better as a unit with their batsmen and bowlers playing complementary roles. This will make the Bears favorites going into the game.
Birmingham Bears to win