About the Match
Kent came 2nd in league stage in the South Group with 10 points in their kitty and will now take on Yorkshire, which finished in the third place with 9 points in the North Group, in the 4th Quarter Final match of the Royal London ODI Cup at Canterbury on 18th August. While Kent has won three games in a row in the recent outings, Yorkshire lost the last two league games it played against Durham and Warwicks. Both teams will be eager to do well in this knock-out match that could see fireworks across the park on Thursday.
The bowling squad has been effective in containing the run-flow of its opponents with fast-bowlers like Matt Coles, who took 4-39 against Sussex in the last game and also took 2 wickets in the match against Gloucs recently, Claydon and Stevens. Medium pacer Will Gidman adds depth to the attack and he was superb against Gloucs taking 3-28 in 8 overs to restrict them to 200. Spinners like James Tredwell and pacemen Griffiths and Hartley bring variety to the attack and can outwit the opposition here with their clever tactics.
The batting line-up has in-form top-order batsmen like Bell-Drummond, Denly, Northeast and Billings, who have proven themselves with the bat. Darren Stevens and Alex Blake can contribute to keep the scoreboard ticking and the team has a good depth in both batting and bowling.
Against Gloucs, Denly posted a brilliant 82 to steer his team towards a win by chasing down 201 comfortably; in the game against Sussex, it was a strong partnership of 103 runs between Northeast and Billings for the 3rd wicket that helped them chase down 183 runs with 67 deliveries remaining. They have an in-form batting line-up and well-balanced attack of pace and spin, which gives them the edge to win matches whether while chasing or defending targets.
They have a classy pace attack with bowlers like Plunkett, Patterson, Willey and Bresnan, who took 2 wickets each in the game against Notts to restrict the opposition to 251, and can be a formidable force to reckon with here. Spinners Rafiq and Rashid bring their spin skills to the table and can combine well to execute the strategy to perfection.
Against Warwicks, despite regular wickets provided by Plunkett, Patterson and Rafiq, they couldn’t restrict the opponents from posting 283 runs. The top-order collapsed with only Travis Head being the lone fighter scoring a well-made 53 but with no support at the other end, they lost the match by 114 runs. Bresnan has showcased his all-rounder skills time and again, and is a strong asset; his unbeaten 95 against Notts with support from Rashid and Lyth, helped the team chase down 252 runs and stay in the hunt for the title.
The batting line-up has experienced batsmen Alex Lees, Lyth, Travis Head, Jack Leaning, David Willey, Bresnan and all-rounders Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett. With a well-balanced bowling attack that consists of ruthless speedsters and spinners, Yorkshire can definitely be a tough nut to crack.
While Kent has been on a winning roll and will be determined to use their resources to make it to the next stage, Yorkshire has many experienced players, who can help them keep an upper hand during the match. The contest could go down to the wire but we Yorks will win this crucial game