About the Match
With thirteen matches gone, Worcestershire is still not sure of a place in the quarterfinals, even with 16 points, and they play the last match against bottom place holders Derbyshire on 25th July at Worcester; and this will be a do-or-die situation for the home side. What an interesting contest it will be because, if they win against Derbyshire, they are sure of being in the quarterfinal; if not, Yorkshire or Warwickshire could sneak in as one of the qualifiers on NRR or points, relegating it to the 5th place. In the earlier encounter they had on 13th June, it was an 8 run victory for Worcestershire over Derbyshire defending 177 for 5.
Mitchell and Munro are the two strong batsmen for Worcestershire who have won them matches; even in the encounter with Derbyshire on 13th June at Derby, after losing opener Oliver for the 3rd ball and with Cadmore also dismissed cheaply with only 21 runs on board, Munro joined Mitchell in the middle and added 98 runs for 3rd wicket and the team went on to make 177 for 5, which too was challenged by Derbyshire admirably, reaching 169 for 8. Russel and Shantry held their nerve and took 4 and 3 wickets respectively, to deny Derbyshire a win at their own backyard. Cadmoe, Cox and Munro combined together well when the openers Oliver and Mitchell failed against the Northants on 18th Jul to make 162 for 9 and Mitchell came out with an outstanding bowling performance with 5 wickets to win the match by 31 runs. In the low scoring match against Durham on 8th June, chasing 105, they won the match by 5 wickets with 2 balls to spare because of an intelligent and responsible batting display by Munro, Kohler and Whitley. They need to repeat such team work to register a win against Derbyshire, which they are surely capable of.
It is a no consequence last match for Derbyshire, with no chance to redeem their lost glory, that too, in the opponents’ home ground at Worcester. The only win in the competition by Derbyshire came against Warwickshire on 27th June when they successfully chased 189 for 5 with a heroic 53 off 21 balls by opener Dursten, after losing his partner C F Hughes for no score in the very 1st ball by Clarke. They put up a good team work and commitment by all the batsmen down the line till No.9 to register a 3 wicket win with 6 balls to spare. But unfortunately, they have not been able to repeat such efforts in the rest of the matches, either in chasing or setting a target, with the failure of the batsmen or bowlers or both, as evident from their 4 wicket loss against Northants on 11th July, wherein they failed to defend a tall score of 191 for 6.
Derbyshire has nothing to lose here and they will play with everything they have got; however, Worcestershire, with the home ground advantage, should be able to win this comfortably.
Worcestershire Rapids, 1.44 @ Bet365