About the Match
Essex will host Derbyshire in a crucial match on August 25 at Colchester. With 12 points, Essex has kept their semi-final hopes alive by crushing Durham in an important match last week. Meanwhile, Derbyshire is at 9 points after winning against Durham, which is a bit late for them in the series. The hosts have a lot riding on them and will need to win both their remaining matches to stand a chance to make it to the final four. On the other hand, Derbyshire is also hungry for a win after tasting success in its recent encounter.
Their huge win against Durham last Tuesday brought the hosts a step closer to their semi-final dream. An incredible bowling spell of 5-21 by Graham Napier, which is also his career best, caused a heavy blow on Durham who could manage only 138 runs. Essex chased the target with a good start. However, some of their best batsmen were soon faltering. After the openers fell, it was Ryan ten Doeschate and Ravi Bopara who put up a steady partnership of 94 runs to keep their hopes alive. A brilliant knock of 74 runs off 64 balls from Doeschate brought his team home. Essex will have to repeat their brilliant performance, especially Napier and Doeschate, if they want to reach the semi-finals.
Derbyshire managed to accumulate 9 points so far but their semi-final hopes are over. Their incredible win against Durham by 107 runs brought the team some much needed cheer. Hughes started out strong with 24 from 26 balls but soon fell to Rushworth. After a rapid fall of wickets, Captain Wayne Madsen along with Richard Johnson steadied the innings and made 103 from 114 balls. Madsen’s inspirational batting with help from Johnson helped the team to a total of 217 runs. Later, the Captain contributed with the ball too with his career best figure of 3 wickets for 27 runs. Another excellent performer was Wain Wright who took 4 wickets giving away only 11 runs. Together, they put the team right back in the game and there was no looking back. This victory has boosted their morale and the team will not go down without a fight.
Both teams are equally matched at this stage barring the small difference in points. Essex has to win this match to proceed in the tournament. Can the bowlers like Napier, repeat their historic performance and crush the visitors? Will they be well supported by the batsmen and register a huge win once again? Derbyshire will not go down so easily and their players are in good form. Will they once again showcase their great talent and win this match? Can Madsen and his men put up a strong fight against the hosts and knock them out? We will have to wait and watch on Sunday. However, I’m tempted to go with Essex, due the huge support of their home crowd and various factors mentioned above, has better chances of winning this game.
Essex, 1.44 @ Bet365