About the Match
Derbyshire is close to doing that almost no one would have given the chance to do so before the tournament began: qualify for the finals. A win will certainly put them through to the finals while a loss could still see them go through provided a couple of results go their way. Worcestershire, on the other hand, is out of the tournament and will be playing for pride.
The Derbyshire Falcons will be playing their final match on their home ground and against one of the weakest teams in this competition. On the line is a chance at qualification with a win taking any debate away from the matter. If they do end up qualifying, it will the first time since 2005 that the Falcons will be seen on finals day.
Is there anything else that the team needs for motivation?
A heavy defeat against Leicestershire in the last match would have made Derbyshire fans nervous as they begin to look towards the knockout stages. To fall at this last rung would be devastating for a team that has outperformed all expectations.
The players that have stood out for Derbyshire this season have been Wayne Madsen, Luis Reece with the bat and a top-class bowling attack led by Imran Tahir. In fact, it is this bowling attack comprising of Tahir, Matt Henry and Hardus Viljoen that will be the biggest threat to Worcestershire’s brittle batting lineup.
Critchley scored an impressive 72 in the last match and would look to carry on that form I this game as well. Derbyshire looks to have the players to be able to pull it off with nerves being the biggest obstacle standing in their way.
The Rapids have been woeful this season with only occasional individual flashes of brilliance winning them some games. The top order of Leach, Joe Clarke and a constantly changing array of batsmen has not been enough to give them the runs they needed.
Ross Whitely has that amazing over of six sixes but has fallen rapidly after that performance. It is almost as if he is pressured to repeat the same fireworks in every match, something that is clearly affecting his game.
Mitchell Santner was pushed up to number 3 in the batting order in the last match which is frankly at least three positions too high for him. Santner has been excellent with the bat but his reputation as an all-rounder in this format of the game is a little inflated.
D’Oliveira and OB Cox have also had some good innings in this tournament but it is clear that someone will have to play the match of their lives to help Worcestershire win this one.
The lack of motivation that creeps in a team that knows it has no chance of qualifying for the finals is pretty significant. At this point in time, we feel that most of the players in the Worcestershire team will be just waiting to get it over with.
Pitch and Conditions
Rain has been forecast for the final match at Derbyshire. A washout would not be the worst result for the Falcons as the extra point would go a long way in securing their qualification. The pitch at Derbyshire has started to get a little slow but the short boundaries still allow for some big scores to be made.
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