Our Prediction: Nottinghamshire to win, N/A Bet on Nottinghamshire to win for Real Money
A spectacular show by the Notts bowling squad helped them defeat Essex by 39 runs and led them to a semi-final berth against Northants, who defeated Middlesex by 7 wickets, and the two teams will take on each other in the first semi-final clash to be held at Birmingham on 20th August. The Northants bowlers restricted the opponents to a meagre 132, which the batsmen successfully chased down with 11 balls to spare. On the other hand, Notts put up a target of 163 against Essex and the spinners took regular wickets and helped them win the match comfortably. Both sides have done well to reach this stage and they will fight tooth and nail to make it to the finals on Saturday.
Scoring a well-made 50, Greg Smith helped the team build the foundation batting first against Essex; Wessels, Christian and all-rounder Samit Patel, who not only posted 23 but also came back in the 2nd innings to take 4-20, contributed well to take the total to 162. While spinners Patel and Imran Tahir cleverly outwitted the opponents, fast-bowlers Gurney and Mullaney took 2 wickets each to stifle the Essex batsmen from reaching the target.
With in-form batsmen like Wessels, Michael Lumb, Christian, Smith and Patel, the Notts surely have good depth in the batting line-up; the bowling unit has a good combination of pacemen and spinners, who can turn around the match in their team’s favor.
The upcoming match will be a tough challenge especially against the fiery pace attack of Northants but they do have resources to keep their campaign going with a win here.
Speedsters Kleinveldt and Gleeson took 5 wickets between them to wreak havoc on the Middlesex top-order; Sri Lankan spinner Seekkuge Prasanna also provided 2 vital wickets, giving away only 20 runs on 4 overs to help them restrict the opposition to a lowly 132. Rossington, who has been consistently getting the big runs in recent outings, then took charge and posted a superb unbeaten 67 to steer the team towards victory.
The batting line-up has strong batsmen like Richard Levi, Duckett, Wakely, Cobb and Crook who can contribute well to keep the scoreboard ticking; the bowlers are determined and can definitely pull off surprises with pace and spin on Saturday to help win the match.
Overall, they have overcome many tough situations throughout the league to make it to the top and can be a tough nut to crack in this semi-final clash.
When the two teams met during the league stage, the Notts had won the match easily after the bowlers restricted Northants to 122 and the batsmen chased it down comfortably. The Northants would like to change the result this time around and put up a better fight against the Notts’ spin attack. While the contest could go down to the wire, we feel that the Notts have the psychological advantage and the player form to emerge victorious on Saturday.
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