About the Match
There is absolutely no time for the teams to sit back and relax at the NatWest T20 Blast as back to back matches are piled up on the weekend. The encounter between the Derbyshire Falcons and the Yorkshire Vikings promises to be an electric one as two relatively evenly matched teams take on each other.
The Falcons have in their ranks the best leg-spinner in the world as well as the top-ranked spinner in the shorter formats of the game, Imran Tahir. He is going to be a huge asset to the side whatever the conditions may be since the game dictates batsmen keep trying to attack the bowlers.
They also have Matt Henry, the hugely impressive New Zealand fast bowler as their second overseas player. He is another player that comes into the game during crunch moments and can swing it for his side thanks to raw pace, subtle variations and a fantastic temperament under pressure.
Captain Gary Wilson will be without Hamish Rutherford, his highest scorer from last season, Neil Broom who scored over 230 runs last time, and Jimmy Neesham who contributed with the bat and was the highest wicket taker for the team last season.
The onus of putting the runs on the board will have to taken up by players like Wayne Madsen, Luke Reece, and Jeevan Mendis.
With a team that is virtually unrecognizable from last year, it is understandable that Derbyshire will take a little bot of time settling into their rhythm for this year.
With Joe Root and Gary Ballance away on international duty, Tim Bresnan is going to be taking over the captaincy duties in Yorkshire. He will have at his disposal some excellent batting talent in Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Tom Kohler Cadmore.
The last name may not be one that you have heard of too much but we expect him to be one of the stars in this year’s competition. Alex Lees is another players that had an excellent tournament last year around with 294 runs to his name and would be looking to continue in the same vein this time around.
Former English opener Adam Lyth also scored over 300 runs with a highest score of 87 and a strike rate of 150 plus. All of these batting riches make Yorkishire a very dangerous batting unit.
Their bowling is also pretty impressive with Tim Bresnan leading the way. He finished with 21 wickets last season and was backed up well by Liam Plunkett.
David Willey and Ryan Sidebottom are also a part of this squad making it an absolute quality bowling attack, something that most international teams would not mind having.
Pitch and Conditions
It is expected to rain on the day before and the day after the match however the chances of rain on match day right now seem to be slim. The pitch is always a belter at Queen’s Park and a high scoring affair should be in order.
Yorkshire to win