About the Match
Dominating the North Group, Warwickshire will play their next match against the team presently at the bottom of the table, Derbyshire on 3rd July at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Warwickshire is leading the pack with 12 points from eight matches and will try to consolidate their position with a win here. On the other hand, Derbyshire has played nine games and lost six thereby only having 6 points so far; they will need to win the next match to move ahead. It will be interesting to see if Derbyshire can get its act together and upset the table toppers on Friday.
Warwickshire maintained their winning momentum by defeating Lancashire by one mere run in their previous match; they scored 137 for the loss of eight wickets with Varun Chopra, William Porterfield and Brendon McCullum being the only batsmen to reach the double digit figures of 40, 36 and 18 runs respectively. On the bowling front, the spinners played key role and restricted the opposition to 136 and win the close contest; paceman Recordo Gordon finished off the Red Rose with a career-best 4-20. They also won the match against Yorkshire by 6 wickets with help from Tim Ambrose who blasted 46 runs, William Porterfield who scored a well-made 42 and Laurie Evans posting an unbeaten 32 to reach the modest target of 132 with ease. Recordo Gordon claimed 3-30 while Hannon-Dalby took 2 wickets.
Overall, they have performed well in the tournament so far and will look to continue with their winning strategy in upcoming games also. Laurie Evans and Tim Ambrose have contributed more than hundred runs while the remaining batsmen must produce positive results. Gordon and Hannon-Dalby are their main bowlers with 15 and 12 wickets respectively so far while Josh Poysden, Jeetan Patel, Ateeq Javid and Rikki Clarke are helping them by taking wickets regularly.
Derbyshire recorded their highest T20 score when they thrashed Nottinghamshire by 34 runs; Chesney Hughes led the way with 52 off 29 balls while Hamish Rutherford smashed 37 from 20 balls and Alex Hughes posted 24 off 21 to help Derbyshire post an imposing 201 on the board. Nathan Rimmington did well to take 3-24 while Shiv Thakor and Wes Durston claimed 2 wickets each to restrict the opponent to 167. They lost the match against Worcestershire by a huge margin of 8 wickets wherein Wes Durston top-scored with 29 while Tom Poynton scored 27 runs and Scot Elstone posted 21 but they failed to register a big target and got out for a lowly 136. The bowlers also failed to impress and couldn’t stop Worcestershire from reaching the target.
Overall, they have good players who can do better in the next match; players like Chesney Hughes, Hamish Rutherford, Alex Hughes, Wes Durston and Scott Elstone need to pull up their socks while Wayne Madsen and Tom Poynton who are batting below par must share the responsibilities with the bat. Their bowling attack revolves around Wayne White, Nathan Rimmington, Shiv Thakor, Alex Hughes and Wes Durston but they must work as a unit to achieve the goals.
Warwickshire is in great form and have the capabilities to beat the opposite team with ease; Derbyshire will definitely have to pull up their socks and perform better with both bat and ball if they want to stay alive. Going by performance, Warwickshire is better placed to win the match