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Yorkshire edged past Derbyshire in their previous match to keep their knockout hopes alive.
Back Hampshire to emerge victorious.
Tournament: Royal London One-Day Cup | Format: ODI | Venue: North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough | Toss: To BowlBet Now
Yorkshire registered a thrilling 1-wicket win in their last match, which kept their knockout stage hopes alive. They are in 3rd place currently with 8 points in their kitty and a net run rate of +0.375. However, they have a tough ask on their hand as they face Hampshire in their last game. Hampshire are at the No.1 spot in Group B and have easily looked like the best team of the season. It won’t be easy to topple them.
In their previous game, Yorkshire edged a thrilling match against Derbyshire by one wicket on a poor Chesterfield pitch. Chasing a target of 110, Yorkshire had been reduced to 88-7, but finally managed to get home with one wicket remaining.
Yorkshire will be pleased with their bowlers’ performance in the match. Ben Coad took 2-15 in 10 overs and Jack Shutt 2-5 in 2.4 overs. Coad has an economy of 3.91 this season and will be their most important new ball bowler against Hampshire’s strong batting unit. Off-spinner Shutt, meanwhile, has taken 9 wickets at 4.99. Matthew Waite is their leading wicket-taker with 13 scalps at an economy of 4.42.
On the batting front, Yorkshire will be counting on their leading run-getters Will Fraine (323 runs in 7 innings at an average of 46.14) and Harry Duke (322 runs in 7 innings at 46). The rest haven’t really been consistent at all, so the onus will be on the openers to deliver in this crucial match.
Will Fraine, Harry Duke (wk), Finlay Bean, George Hill, Jonathan Tattersall (c), Matthew Waite, Matthew Revis, Harris Sullivan, Tom Loten, Ben Coad, Jack Shutt
Hampshire has been the most consistent team this year. They have just lost just one match while winning six and have looked almost unbeatable. In their previous match, they chased down a target of 258 against Essex with 3 wickets and 10 balls to spare. Tom Prest top-scored again with a gritty 76 off 104 balls on a tough pitch. Prest is the team’s highest run-scorer this year with 347 runs at an average of 49.57. Captain Nick Gubbins has also had a great season, collecting 273 runs at an average of 39. Toby Albert’s performance (271 runs at 54.20 and a strike rate of 91.86) in the lower middle order has been instrumental in Hampshire’s success.
Hampshire’s bowlers have had a great season too. Medium-pacer Scott Currie is their leading wicket-taker with 15 scalps at an economy of 5.38. New ball bowler John Turner (13 wickets at 5.25) and left-arm pacer Ian Holland (13 wickets at 4.55) have done an excellent job too.
Nick Gubbins (c), Ben Brown (wk), Tom Prest, Aneurin Donald, Fletcha Middleton, Toby Albert, Ian Holland, Felix Organ, Scott Currie, John Turner, Jack Campbell
The pitch at the North Marine Road Ground isn’t easy for batting. Seamers get enough bounce and movement to trouble the batters and spinners get some help too. Batters who spend some time on the wicket would need to make a big score as it won’t be easy for the new batters to start scoring runs immediately on it.
A few showers are expected in Scarborough today and we may have a truncated game.
There have just been two ODIs played at the North Marine Road Ground and the average score batting first here is 204. In the first and only match of the season played here this year, Worcestershire posted 246-8 after batting first and Yorkshire chased down the target with 2.4 overs to spare. The team batting first will look to set a target of around 270-280 runs.
In the only match played at this venue this season, the team batting second won with relative ease. The captain winning the toss is likely to bowl first.
Hampshire have won 4 of the last 5 matches they have played against Yorkshire. They are clearly the team to beat this season and have the most well-balanced squad. Yorkshire have a great bowling unit but are largely dependent on their openers. Hampshire’s batting might be too much to handle for Yorkshire.
Back Hampshire to emerge victorious.
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