- Natwest T20 Blast, 2017
- Home Team:
- Birmingham Bears
- Away Team:
- Jan 01, 2000 01:23
- Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham
- Clear Sky, 21.26℃ (93%)
About the Match
With two consecutive wins in recent games, Warwickshire leads the table in the North Group with 13 points and will take on Worcestershire, who are placed 8th with 5 points after winning the last game against Durham, on 4th August at Birmingham. Warwickshire had defeated Northants in a thriller of a match by 2 runs and previously defeated Lancashire by 5 wickets; they are on a winning roll and will prove to be a formidable force to reckon with here on Friday. Worcestershire, who had been a spate of losses right from the start, have made a turnaround for better by winning against Durham recently; it needs to be seen if they can continue with the momentum and overcome the challenge here.
Colin de Grandhomme and Grant Elliott stuck their feet firmly on the ground to boost the total to 172 while batting first against Northants; however, it was the fine bowling performance by Patel and Thomsan, who took 2 wickets each and the latter also caused the run-out of Wakely, which led to the Northants defeat. Barker and Grandhomme also pitched in with a wicket each, and they put their skills together to win the match by a close margin of 2 runs.
Against Lancashire, Adam Hose posted a superb 76 off 43 while chasing a target of 175; he got good support from Elliott, who played a useful knock of 45 runs, helping them steer towards victory. Earlier, the Kiwi all-rounder Grandhomme also claimed 2 wickets while Keith Barker, notched up 2-25 in 3 overs to restrict the opposition’s run-flow.
Fast-bowler Thomasan and spinner Patel did their best to slow down the Lancs; they have a good variety with bowlers like Boyd Rankin, Clarke and Hannon-Dalby, the latter two taking 3 wickets apiece in the match they played last against Worcs.
Chasing 153 against Worcestershire, captain Ian Bell had led the charge from the front, posting a well-made 75 while S Hain had contributed with 47 runs. They have good resources with bat and ball, which gives them the upper hand to win again on Friday.
Joe Clarke was the hero of their win against Durham in the last game, as the youngster posted a superb 124 off 53 balls to help the team chase down 202 runs. OB Cox and John Hastings also played useful knocks and can steady the innings. Earlier, Hastings and spinner D’Oliviera took a wicket each but others proved to be too expensive. The squad has spinners like Mitchell Santner, medium-pacer Daryl Mitchell, J Leach and Patrick Brown, who bring their variations to the attack.
Against Northants, the batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards, being able to muster only 158 runs; D’ Oliviera showcased his all-rounder skills as he posted a well-made 52 while Santner contributed with 37 runs. However, in the end, the bowlers had to defend the lowly target and they lost the match by 7 wickets.
They lost against Warwickshire the last time they met after they failed to defend a humble 152. The batting line-up has experienced players like Whiteley, Leach, Hastings, Cox, Daryl Mitchell and others down the order, who must pull up their socks and come up with a better performance here.
Worcestershire has recently made a comeback with a win and they will fight hard to keep the winning momentum going; however, we feel that Warwickshire with an all-round performance are clear favourites to win on Friday