Man of the Match: Jordan Thompson
Will Northamptonshire tackle the hurdle of table-toppers of the north group?
We predict that Yorkshire will defeat Northamptonshire.
Yorkshire will face Northamptonshire in the Vitality Blast T20 cup on 26th June at Headingley, Leeds. This is the battle between the top team of the group against Northamptonshire which are at the bottom of the table in the same group. Northamptonshire have managed to win just 1 game out of 7 they played and with 3 points in hand, they are at the bottom of the table in the north group whereas Yorkshire are at the top of the table in the same group by winning 5 out of 7 games they played and with 11 points in hand.
Northampton’s hopes to qualify for the knockout stage are already over so they have nothing to lose while playing this game on the other side, Yorkshire will try to maintain their top position by winning this game on 26th June.
Yorkshire are looking like one of the strong contenders of a trophy this season and have delivered according to that so far this season. They are at the top position with 5 wins in 7 games they played and having 11 points with them. In the last match of the group stage against Worcestershire, they scored 191 runs on the board after their top-order batting failed to build up an innings. Harry Brook delivered a fine knock of not out 83 runs from 54 balls in the middle order. To help him, Jordan Thompson played a fiery knock of 66 from 28 balls only in the lower order.
While defending 191 runs, Matthew Fisher took 2 wickets for 33 runs, and both Lockie Ferguson, as well as Dom Bess, took 1 wicket each to restrict opponents on 179 runs and secured a comfortable victory by 12 runs to maintain their top spot in the group. Jordan Thomson is their key all-rounder this season and has scored some runs with bat as well as taken 18 wickets in the last 13 innings. The team is looking strong and has good replacements for the players who are on international duty. They will try to manage their best 11 against Northamptonshire to continue their winning momentum on 26th June.
Key players for Yorkshire: Adam Lyth, Harry Brook, MD Fisher, Jordan Thompson
Adam Lyth, Jonathan Tattersall(wk), Joe Root(c), Garry Ballance, Jordan Thompson, Harry Brook, George Hill, Dom Bess, MD Fisher, Matthew Waite, Lockie Ferguson.
Mark Stoneman, Lockie Ferguson, Dom Bess, Adam Lyth, Matthew Fisher, George Hill, Jonathan Tattersall, Matthew Waite, Garry Ballance, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson
This is one of the toughest seasons for Northamptonshire as they have won just 1 game from 5 matches they played so far. With 3 points in hand, they are at the bottom of the table in the north group. In this match, they have nothing to lose as their chances to qualify for playoffs are over. Northampton have registered a first win of the season in the last match against Durham. They delivered a brilliant bowling spell to restrict Durham on just 157 runs. Mohammad Nabi's 2 wickets for 24 runs and Graeme white’s spell of 2 wickets for 31 runs were the key figures in the bowling department.
With the help of Ricardo Vasconcelos’ not out 78 runs from 57 balls and captain; Adam Rossington’s 59 runs from 38 balls, Northamptonshire have easily chased down the target and registered a win by 9 wickets to make a good comeback after consecutive defeats in the group stage matches. After struggling at the early stage of the season, now the team’s openers are looking in good touch and they will try to continue their winning momentum against table-toppers of the north group on 26th June.
Key players for Northamptonshire: Richard Levi, Adam Rossington, Ben Sanderson, Wayne Parnell
Richard Levi, Adam Rossington(c/wk), Rob Keogh, Saif Zaib, Mohammad Nabi, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Graeme White, Tom Taylor, Wayne Parnell, Nathon Buck, Ben Sanderson.
Rob Keogh, Adam Rossington, Brandon Glover, Ricardo Vasconcelos, Tom Taylor, Charlie Thurston, Ben Sanderson, Wayne Parnell, Mohammad Nabi, Saif Zaib, Graeme White
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||11||0 mm.||3.71 k/h||From: N||75%|
|03h||11||0 mm.||3.29 k/h||From: N||83%|
|06h||11||0 mm.||3.19 k/h||From: N||92%|
|09h||14||0 mm.||3.24 k/h||From: N||100%|
|12h||19||0 mm.||2.48 k/h||From: NE||74%|
|15h||19||0 mm.||3.71 k/h||From: NE||74%|
|18h||18||0.28 mm.||3.39 k/h||From: NE||75%|
|21h||14||0.19 mm.||2.37 k/h||From: NNE||46%|
The weather is partially cloudy on the 26th of June, with a 20-30% chance of raining on match day. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 19°C - 12°C range.
Headingley Ground from Leeds will host this match. This ground has a capacity of 1700 and has conducted a few international as well as domestic games so far.
This ground has not conducted any T20Is matches so far but is mainly used for domestic purposes like Vitality Blast and County Championship. The pitch offers an equal advantage to batsmen as well as bowlers. But in general, captains prefer to chase the target here.
At this location, whichever team wins the toss will want to bowl first.
It's a battle between the top team of the group against the bottom one. Yorkshire have delivered some special performances to be at the top position in the group. Despite their leading run-scorer Jonny Bairstow went on international duty, they have a good backup in the batting order and also a serious depth till lower order. Also, their death bowling is looking strong this season. On the other hand, Northampton haven’t delivered according to their squad strength and they are in search of their best 11 to defeat table toppers.
We predict that Yorkshire will defeat Northamptonshire.