Our Prediction: Sussex Sharks to win, 1.73 Bet on Sussex Sharks to win for Real Money
Sussex, placed second in south group of the Natwest T20 challenge, will take on Northamptonshire, who came in third in the north group, in the first quarter-final match of the series on 12th August at Hove. Sussex performed well in the league stage, winning 7 out of 14 matches played and they will be eager to bounce back to winning ways to make it to the next stage here; Northants too had a mixed run, but they finally gained momentum to make it to the quarter-finals. Both sides need to win this do-or-die contest to book a semi-final berth and we will surely expect a tough challenge on Wednesday.
In the match against Hampshire, the bowlers failed to show discipline and gave away too many easy runs; although Mills, Liddle and Nash took a wicket each, their combined skills couldn’t stop the opponent from registering a massive 204 runs on board. With the bat, Nash was impressive with a solid 88 off just 56 deliveries and he got good support from Luke Wright, who scored 42 runs and George Bailey contributing 33 but in the end they fell short by just 4 runs to lose the match.
Against Glamorgan, however, they won the match by 8 wickets, after restricting the opponent to 164 runs; Mills claimed 3-34 while Liddle and Beer took 2 wickets apiece in a coordinated bowling attack. Wright mastered an unbeaten 92 off just 46 balls to steer the team to victory by the 15th over itself with help from Nash’s well-made half century.
The team has done well so far and they will be eager to go ahead with full force in the upcoming quarter-final clash against Northants; if they can sharpen their bowling attack, this team can be the one to look out for in the final stage of the competition.
Losing the match against Warwickshire by 1 run didn’t do too well for the team morale and they will be eager to bounce back with a better performance in the quarter-finals; Steven Crook led the bowling attack by taking 3-30 while Willey and Azharullah took a wicket each to help restrict the opponent to 154 runs. However, the batsmen failed miserably with only Alex Wakely fighting out with an unbeaten 51 off 42 deliveries; the others succumbed to pressure and Kleinveldt’s 29 runs wasn’t enough to take the team across the finish line.
In the match against a weaker Yorkshire, they won the contest by 6 wickets with an over to spare; the bowlers combined well to take a wicket each and restrict the opponent to 153 runs, which was easily achieved by Levi, Willey, Duckett and Wakely. The top order needs to click in the upcoming match while the bowlers must stay focused on the job at hand.
With a better strategy against Sussex, which has performed more consistently till now, they can surely make good of this opportunity to keep their hopes alive.
While Northants have experienced players who can guide the team to win matches, Sussex has a better balance between batsmen and bowlers, who are in good form at the moment. We feel that although the contest will be well-fought, Sussex will emerge victorious in the end.
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