About the Match
Natwest T20 Blast started off with a bang with as many as eight matches on the first day. Warwickshire Bears take on Nottinghamshire on 8th July 2017 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. The two teams had a different fate on the opening day of the competition. Nottinghamshire were dealt a heavy loss at the hands of Yorkshire whereas Warwickshire registered a comfortable win against Worcestershire. It's a long tournament and one loss should not worry the Notts much. Warwickshire will be riding high on confidence and will look to make it two in two.
It was a superb performance by veterans in their away game against Worcestershire. Their fans would be hoping for a similar, if not better performance against '16 table toppers, Nottinghamshire. Against Worcestershire, in their opening game of the tournament, Ian Bell used all his experience and scored a brilliant unbeaten 75 to chase down a modest total.
The credit of their victory, however, would equally be attributed to their bowlers who restricted Worcestershire for a modest 152 runs total. Rikki Clarke wrecked havoc on Worcestershire batsmen and picked up three wickets and gave away only 20 runs in his quota of four overs. He was ably assisted by Jeetan Patel who dislodged their skipper, Joe Leach and Mitchell Santner. Oliver Hannon-Dalby's three wickets in an over meant that Worcestershire had to chase only 153 when they were staring at a little more.
Warwickshire appeared a little over-aged team, but their performance in the first match once again showed that experience can have a big impact on the game and age is just a number. It will be interesting to see if they can carry this form forward against a strong Nottinghamshire side.
Nottinghamshire had a fantastic '16 season as they racked up eight wins in their fourteen matches. They failed to carry that momentum into this year's competition as Yorkshire thrashed their bowlers to all parts of the ground. Although they scored 179 runs which are by no means a less feat, they needed lot more.
Alex Hales form and availability proved crucial, but his valiant 47 didn't prove enough to chase down the huge total set by the Yorks. However, despite Alex Hales setting the tempo for the innings, the chase never got onto the track as Notts kept losing wickets on regular basis. Steven Mullaley's wicket, who scored quick-fire 39 off 18 balls, meant the chase was well and truly over as no other batsman looked comfortable enough at the crease.
Nottinghamshire is a strong team and one loss should not deter their confidence. It was more of Yorkshire's batting than Notts' bowling which did the damage, but still, their bowlers would like to improve. If their bowlers improve and Alex Hales continues to fire, the other teams might well have to face the best of Nottinghamshire.
One team would come out to extend their wins while the other would be looking to just open their account. The Bears have traditionally done well in the tournament and so have the Notts. Birmingham have the home advantage, but Nottinghamshire will be motivated to do well after a big loss in the first game. The Alex Hales factor could be the difference between the two sides and we think Notts will trump Bears in the upcoming game to bounce back into the tournament