Third-ranked Worcestershire is playing their last home match against Yorkshire for two crucial points to remain in the top-three.
Our prediction is that Worcestershire will defeat Yorkshire to keep their place in the upper section of the points table, also better their head to head records against Yorkshire.
Worcestershire is playing exceptionally well in this tournament to have lost only two games, one home, and one away game, so far. With a better net run rate, they are ahead of Durham and Derbyshire despite having same points. In fact, they have the best net run rate in the North Group. The only home match they lost was against Warwickshire. In the last match, they won quite comfortably against the top-ranked Nottinghamshire.
Yorkshire started the tournament by beating Leicestershire in the first match at Leeds. They were unlucky against Lancashire to lose by just 1 run and two of their matches tied. Yorkshire has won just 1 out of 3 away games so visiting Worcester would be challenging and losing two points at this stage of the tournament could be disastrous.
Worcs started the tournament by beating Lancashire by 125 runs after scoring 367. Against Leicestershire too, they fell 38 runs short while chasing 377. The first home game was affected by rain, but they beat Durham comfortably, with 10 balls remaining. In Northampton, Rutherford’s century ensured the victory and two more points. They lost their first home game against Warwickshire as SR Hain’s 161 outshined Wayne Parnell’s all-round performance, who scored 57 balls 76 and took two wickets. Worcestershire’s bowling unit is peaking at the right time as Wayne Parnell got his best List A bowling figure of 5 for 24, in the last match which they won against Nottinghamshire. Parnell and Charlie Morris have got 10 wickets each till now.
Rutherford has 3 centuries for Worcs, accumulating 440 runs in the tournament so far. Ross Whiteley amassed 271 with one century while Daryl Mitchell has 249 runs that include a couple of centuries apart from taking 6 wickets. In the last three encounters, Worcs have beaten Yorkshire and it is likely they will do it again on 4 May 2019 at the home ground.
BL D'Oliveira (c), HD Rutherford, MH Wessels, TC Fell, DKH Mitchell, Riki Wessels (wk), RA Whiteley, EG Barnard, WD Parnell, JC Tongue, CAJ Morris
Yorkshire till now have not reached the finals of Royal London One-Day Cup but they reached the playoffs of all the seasons. This season, they are not right there up in the points table. They beat Leicestershire in their first match by 213 runs with smashing centuries from HC Brook and GS Balance, supported by Tattersall’s half-century. Despite fighting scores from Tattersall and TT Bresnan, Yorkshire failed to cross the finishing line and had to be content with the tie. The third match was heartbreaking for them as they lost to Lancashire just by 1 run while chasing 311. It could have been another tie had Josh Poysden made his ground while scrambling for the second run. The next match against Derbyshire should have been in their favor but the rain had some other plans. Derbyshire could tie that match with D/L method though Yorks have scored massive 308 in just 40 overs before the interruption. They lost their next match visiting Nottingham by 4 wickets, but they could manage to win at Northampton by 5 wickets with D/L method.
Gary Balance is the highest scorer for Yorkshire with 285 runs, followed by Tom Kohler-Cadmore with 259 and Tattersall with 219 runs. Adam Lyth is good with his 179 runs and a couple of wickets. M Pillans tops the bowlers’ chart with 14 wickets in the tournament and Poysden has taken 6 wickets so far. Yorks need to push themselves to cross the finishing line if they want to avail the crucial two points, as it won’t be an easy match against the prominent hosts.
Steven Patterson (c), Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Harry Brook, Gary Balance, Jack Leaning, Jonathan Tattersall (wk), Matthew Waite, Mathew Pillans, Joshua Poysden, David Willey
The venue for this match is County Ground, New Road, Worcester. Out of 3 ODIs played at this venue, all the matches are won by the team batting second. While in Royal London One-Day Cup 2019 so far, the team batting second won 2 out of 3 times. The highest score on this ground in this tournament is 315, while the lowest score is 121. Overall records on this ground, including the domestic and international matches, are in favor of the team batting second.
The team winning the toss should look to bowl first and allow the bowlers to make the first impact.
This is a match between a third-ranked team, Worcestershire, and sixth-ranked Yorkshire, separated by just two points. This is going to be Worcestershire’s last home match in the group stage. The contest won’t be one-sided, but given home-situations, Worcs seem to have an edge. With better head to head records against Yorkshire and one eye on playoffs, Worcestershire would come hard on the visitors.
Thus, our prediction is that Worcestershire would beat Yorkshire and keep themselves in top-three of the North Group’s points table.
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