About the Match
Warwickshire will host Nottinghamshire on 12th June at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham; the hosts have played four games so far and won three of them to gather six points and are placed at No. 4 in the North Group. Nottinghamshire is positioned at the second spot with 6 points after winning three out of five games with a net run rate of +0.471. Earlier, the Notts had defeated Warwickshire by a hefty margin of eight wickets on 15th May at Trent Bridge and Warwickshire will be eager to avenge that defeat in the upcoming match that certainly will generate a lot of thrill.
Warwickshire won against table-toppers Durham by 7 wickets as they chased down the target of 164 with ease; Ian Bell hammered a superb 90 off 65 balls while William Porterfield posted 41 off 32. Both helped the team comfortably register their third win of the tournament. With the ball, Oliver Hannon-Dadly and Ateeq Javid took 2 wickets each to restrict Durham to a modest total. They also earned victory over Northamptonshire in their second match; William Porterfield finish with an unbeaten 55 from 54 deliveries and Rikki Clarke’s 27 runs helped their side restrict the visitors to 146 and win the match by 5 wickets. Again, Oliver Hannon-Dadly proved his efficiency with the ball taking 2 wickets while Recordo Gordon also contributed with 2 scalps. Overall, Warwickshire team has depth in both batting and bowling with players like Ian Bell, William Porterfield and Varun Chopra who are in good form while Laurie Evans, Rikki Clarke and Tim Ambrose must pull up their socks now. The bowling is being well-handled by Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Recordo Gordon, Boyd Rankin, Jeetan Patel, Ateeq Javid and Rikki Clarke.
Nottinghamshire overcame the challenge against Worcestershire and defeated them by 11 runs in the last match after successfully defending their total of 169, bowling out the rival team for 158 runs in 19.2 overs. A whirlwind unbeaten 36 off 16 balls by Darren Sammy helped them get to the defendable total while James Taylor, Samit Patel, Steven Mullaney and Brendon Taylor did well. On the bowling front, Samit Patel took 3-17 to help spin the Outlaws to a win and place them second in the North Group. Luke Fletcher and Ben Hilfenhaus took 5 wickets between them and look good with the ball. Nottinghamshire lost the match against Leicestershire by 6 wickets with the latter successfully chasing an easy looking target of 149 by the 19th over itself. Alex Hales top-scored with 54 off 42 balls while Brendon Taylor posted 47 off 39 balls to keep the scoreboard ticking but at the end the bowlers couldn’t defend the total. Overall, they have the talent and experience in players like Alex Hales, Darren Sammy, Samit Patel, James Taylor, Steven Mullaney and Brendon Taylor, who can provide strong partnerships whether in posting a target or while chasing. Bowlers Fletcher and Samit Patel have been consistent whereas Ben Hilfenhaus, Harry Gurney, Steven Mullaney and Darren Sammy are providing nice support to the squad.
Nottinghamshire is a better team as far as performance and determination goes; however, Warwickshire definitely will pull out some tricks from their bag to stun the hosts on Friday. The contest is likely to be well-fought by both sides but we feel Nottinghamshire go in as favorites in the upcoming match.