About the Match
Warwickshire has won two consecutive games to get to the 4th position in the ongoing NatWest T20 competition; they have 9 points from 4 wins so far and will take on Lancashire, who are at the 5th place with 9 points, on 30th July at Birmingham. Warwicks’ last game was abandoned due to rain but they will try to earn some more points here with a win again; Lancashire on the other hand, have had a mixed run losing the recent match against Derbyshire but winning the previous one against Durham. Both the sides will try to up their ante and climb upwards on the table.
Top-order batsman Hain put up a good performance against Leics in the last game to help his team muster a competitive 187 runs; he stayed till the end, smashing 57 off 35 balls and got good support from Porterfield, who scored 35 off 23, Grandhomme, Elliott and tail-enders Barker and Mellor.
The bowlers then ran havoc on the opponents with fast-bowlers Boyd Rankin and Thomson taking 3 wickets each at regular intervals to help the team win by 30 runs. Spinner Jeetan Patel and all-rounder Elliott also picked up a wicket each to keep the tempo going. They have experienced players with both bat and ball and can cause devastation when they bring their forces together.
Against Derbyshire, Pollock and Grandhomme struck 65+ runs each to give them a solid total of 197 runs batting first; Hain and Porterfield provided support and the bowlers made no mistake. Elliott grabbed 4-37 while medium-pacer Keith Barker finished with 3-33 to steer the team towards a handsome win by 20 runs. They are a tough unit to beat and with the two back-to-back victories, are surely looking stronger to keep the momentum going.
It was a poor show by the bowlers against Derbyshire, as the quickies gave away more than 12 runs per over on an average. Junaid Khan picked up two wickets but was the most expensive of the lot with an economy of 13.25. Spinners Stephen Parry and Arron Lilley put up a disciplined show and took 3 wickets between them but others like McLaren, Croft, Clark and Parkinson unable to take any wickets, the opposition posted a massive total of 211 runs.
Batsmen like Livingstone, Brown and Lilley tried to give a boost to the chase with their superb innings, but others down the order like Buttler, Vilas and Croft gave up without a fight getting dismissed for single digits. They were all-out for 176 runs, leading to a humiliating defeat.
Previously, in the match against Durham, the bowlers defended 174 successfully to steer the team towards victory; speedsters Clark and McLaren took 5 wickets between them while Junaid Khan was stunning with his 1-23, containing the run-flow of the opposition. Spinner Parkinson was very effective with his 2-wicket haul and others like Parry and Croft contributed well. Batsmen Livingstone, Croft, McLaren and Vilas had steadied the innings to take the total to 174, and they are in good form to repeat the performance again.
Both sides are strong with a mix of experience and young talent; they are meeting each other for the time and surely will have some tricks up their sleeves to stun the other. While Lancashire has a formidable bowling attack, we feel that Warwickshire with its all-rounder team will outwit them and win the contest on Sunday.