Our Prediction: Warwickshire to win, N/A Bet on Warwickshire to win for Real Money
Warwickshire got the better of Yorkshire in the last league match and finished at the second place with 9 points and will try to repeat the winning performance in the 2nd Quarter-Final match against Essex at Birmingham on 17th August. Essex finished third in the South Group with 10 points and will fight hard to keep their campaign alive with a win here. The contest will surely drive the fans to the edge of their seats and both teams are evenly matched to come out with flying colours; the team that can keep a cool head above its shoulders under crunch situations, will have the upper hand to win on Wednesday.
Warwicks registered an emphatic win against Yorkshire by 114 runs by D/L method thanks to an amazing performance by spinners Ateeq Javid, who claimed 4-42, and JS Patel who took 3 wickets giving away less than 4 runs per over to stifle the opponents. Earlier, Jonathan Trott made an impressive 118 runs in the first innings which gave the bowlers much room to fight hard. Lauri Evans also stood tall as he posted an unbeaten 48 to keep the scoreboard ticking while Ambrose contributed well with 34 runs.
However, against Durham, they had lost the match despite posting a challenging total of 293 batting first; speedsters Gordon, Clarke and White had provided vital breakthroughs while spinners Javid and Patel showed good determination as they took got the opening wickets but by then the opponents had hurried away to set the foundation for a win by 4 wickets.
The batting line-up consists of players like Sam Hain, who posted a brilliant 107 against Durham, and middle-order batsman Ambrose, who contributed with a well-made 86 in the same match to help post 292 runs batting first. Trott is in good form and can definitely be a vital asset here; Porterfield, Bell, Hain and Evans can be good contributors to post challenging totals or chasing targets. With a strong spin attack, Warwicks can definitely pull out some surprises here.
The batsmen have been inconsistent in chasing runs and they can make a comeback with a win here after losing the match to Middlesex by 4 runs; while they successfully chased a humungous total of 325 runs against Glamorgan, the same batting line-up crumbled under Middlesex while chasing a paltry target of 220.
Nick Browne was stunning with a well-made 99 but the nerves got to it as he fell run-out and missed his century against Glamorgan; Jesse Ryder and Ravi Bopara then stuck their feet firmly and scored 50+ runs each to steer the team towards victory. They have experienced players like Bopara, Tom Westley, Ryder, all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate and the in-form Nick Browne, who can come out with all their firepower when needed.
The bowling department has speedsters like David Masters, Graham Napier and Matthew Quinn, who are doing well; spinners like Lawrence, Ashar Zaidi and all-rounder Westley can definitely contain the run-flow of the Warwicks batsmen and take quick wickets. Overall, they have a strong combination of pace and spin that may give them the advantage over hosts Warwicks.
Essex has a strong bowling attack and experienced batsmen who can challenge the hosts here; however, the Warwicks, who have done well recently and have the home advantage, look better placed to win here on Wednesday.
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