Nottinghamshire's look to continue their dominance against hosts Worcestershire!
Our Prediction is Nottinghamshire to win and take another step towards the knockout stage!
Worcestershire has three wins from their four matches and is in good stead to qualify for the next stage this season. They suffered a defeat last match against Warwickshire by 34 runs. Wayne Parnell and Thomas Charles put up a brave fight but fell short of the target of 316 runs. Hamish Rutherford and Ross Whitely are the top run scorers for the team so far with a century from both of them. Their bowlers were taken for more than 300 runs after two good performances in the preceding matches. Charlie Morris, Wayne Parnell, and Josh Tongue have a combined tally of 21 wickets but are giving away runs at over 6.5 RPO. Daryll Mitchell is bowling economical spells with the ball but is not having a good time with the bat with a string of low scores.
After 45 matches and more than halfway through the league stages, Nottinghamshire is the only team that is still undefeated and is almost qualified for the knockout phase. Skipper Steven Mullaney, Ben Slater, and Ben Slater have scored more than 250 runs this season and have been batting stalwarts for the team. Almost every batsman in their top six has a fifty-plus score this season and it helped them breach the 400 run mark twice in five matches. On the bowling front, James Pattinson and Luke Fletcher have been the wreckers in chief with 10 & 14 wickets respectively. Jake Ball, Samit Patel, and Mathew Carter have chipped in with wickets whenever needed and form an excellent all-around bowling attack capable of bowling in any surface.
Daryll Mitchell – Mitchell has just 14 runs from the last 4 outings after his impressive century in the first match. He needs to provide more support to the team`s batting unit alongside his bowling.
Wayne Parnell – Wayne Parnell put up a brave and valiant fight last match scoring 76 runs at taking two wickets with the ball. He has 5 wickets in the last two matches and his all-round skills will give more depth to team`s batting line-up.
Stats from the recent matches:
Hamish Rutherford – 317 runs, Avg. – 63.5, HS-126, 100s-2
Charlie Morris – 8 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 28.8, Economy – 6.6 RPO, BB – 2/30
Wayne Parnell, Hamish Rutherford, Ben Cox (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Whiteley, Brett D'Oliveira (c), Riki Wessels, Thomas Charles Fell, Ed Barnard, Charlie Morris, Josh Tongue
Steven Mullaney – Their skipper has scored 262 runs at a strike rate of 127 with three fifties in three matches. He is providing the much-needed impetus during the end stages of their batting.
Mathew Carter – Carter has figures of 2/36, 2/26 & 3/60 in the last three matches and he seems more threatening with the ball with every progressing match. He completes the bowling attack along with the likes of James Pattinson and Luke Fletcher.
Stats from the recent matches:
Joe Clarke – 310 runs, Avg. – 62, HS-139, 100s-1 50s-1
Luke Fletcher – 14 wickets, Bowl Avg. – 18, Economy – 4.7 RPO, BB – 5/56
Samit Patel, James Pattinson, Luke Fletcher, Steven Mullaney (c), Ben Slater, Jake Ball, Ben Duckett, Joe Clarke, Jake Libby, Matthew Carter, Tom Moores (wk)
Worcestershire is a good batting surface and we can expect scores around 280-300 runs here easily. The last match had a match tally of 600 runs at Worcester. Worcester`s weather on match day looks not good with almost 90% chances of rain. We have very less chance of getting a full match and the DL method will have its fun time.
With high chances of rain, teams will look to bat second to put themselves ahead in DL score at the end of every over. So both teams will look to bat second and match may even end up as no-result depending on the weather on match day.
Nottinghamshire is undefeated with their batting and bowling units performing well in unison. Worcestershire has home conditions to their advantage and a shortened match will further move the match to balance. With rain threat around, any team can be lucky enough to get two points. But we expect Nottinghamshire to continue their undefeated streak.
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