About the Match
Hampshire defeated the Worcs by 17 runs D/L method in the quarterfinals on 14th August to make it to the semi-finals; they will now face Lancashire, who won the match against Kent after it was tied by virtue of losing lesser wickets, on 29th August at Birmingham. Hampshire had finished 3rd in South Group during league stage while the Lancs had come in the fourth position in North Group; both teams have talented players who can help the team come out of tough situations. We expect a tough match in the 2nd semi-final contest, as the players will definitely come out all guns blazing to take their respective teams ahead to the finals of this prestigious competition.
Vince proved his skills yet again as he scored 107 from 65 balls to steer the innings to 196 runs against Worcs in the quarter-finals; Carberry and Wheater provided good support by posting 42 and 32 runs respectively. With D/L method in play during the second half of the game, Worcs had to score 76 runs in 8 overs but were restricted to 58, which led to Hampshire’s victory. They have done well to reach this stage and must build a solid foundation in the next match either while batting first or during chase.
Against Somerset in the league stage, the openers had built an 80-run partnership with Carberry posting 57 off 41 but they could muster only 143 runs in the end; however, with help from Yasir Arafat, who took 4-37 to stifle the opponent, they won the match by a narrow margin of 6 runs.
The openers have been consistent while the middle order must shoulder the responsibilities with equal measure. Smith, Wood and Briggs bring variety to the bowling while Arafat continues to spearhead the attack; they will surely come out with all their firepower on Saturday to overcome the Lancs.
They successfully chased 142 runs losing fewer wickets against Kent in the quarter-finals to win the match and make to the next stage, thanks to Faulkner and Lilley who kept their nerves together. Earlier, Buttler’s superb 53 off 37 steered the team to the target while Prince started the chase strongly with a well-made 62 off 50 balls. The other batsmen didn’t do well which is a cause for worry; the bowlers restricted the hard-hitting Kent to a meager 142; Parry took 3 wickets while Lilley, Faulkner and Jarvis took 2 wickets each to stifle the opposition.
Against Warwicks they had won the match by 8 runs in the league stage; Croft led from the front with 64 off 51 balls and 2 wickets to help the team cross the finish line. The top order batsmen like Livingstone, Davies and Brown must come out all guns blazing instead of depending on the middle and lower order batsmen to score the big runs.
Faulkner and Croft are strong with their wicket-taking abilities; Jarvis, Clark, Parry and Lilley continue to support with the ball and will need to be bring a disciplined attack.
Hampshire has performed better than Lancashire in the league stage and could be favorites here, but Lancashire with its bunch of match-winners can be pretty threatening. We think that better form and balanced squad of Royals will overcome Lancashire Lightning on Saturday.