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Although the match between the teams placed at the top and second from the bottom respectively appears to be a mismatch from the outside, the things are lot closer, especially in the shortest format of the game. Worcestershire, the top-placed team in North Group, are set to lock horns with Leicestershire, who have caused quite a few upsets in the competition thus far. The match is scheduled to be played on 10th August 2018 on Grace Road, Leicester and it promises to be a cracker of a game.
While Martin Guptill was a tough man to bowl to, the bowlers would have expected some respite in his absence. Callum Ferguson, however, had other ideas as he demolished Nottinghamshire's bowling attack to take his team's total to 206. Worcestershire now leads the points table with 15 points in ten games and they'd have to very badly to not make it to the final four from here.
Moeen Ali wrecked havoc on Nottinghamshire's bowlers as he single-handedly powered Worcs' total to 138 for 1 in 14 overs before miscuing Ish Sodhi to Dan Christan. Ross Whiteley, their hero in the match against Durham, joined Callum Ferguson as the duo added 60 runs off the final six overs.
Worcestershire bowlers never allowed Nottinghamshire to get going which was imperative from Nottinghamshire's perspective. Wayne Parnell got rid of dangerous Alex Hales to rock the Outlaws back. After the run-out of Steven Mullaney, Worcestershire ran over the Notts as they dismissed their five batsmen in the space of eighteen deliveries. Nottinghamshire were eventually folded for 134.
Neil Dexter, Mark Cosgrove, Ben Raine, Colin Ackermann, Ateeq Javid, Mohammad Nabi, Ned Eckersley, Harry Swindells, Zak Chappell, Callum Parkinson, Gavin Griffiths.
The Foxes continued their poor run of form as they succumbed to the pressure against Durham Jets in a closely fought game. After losing the toss and bowling first, Leicestershire failed to make early inroads as Durham got off to a steady start. Zak Chappel was the first man for them to pick up a wicket, dismissing Clark for 23. One brought two as Paul Collingwood was run-out by Gavin Griffiths.
The bowlers ensured Durham had a tough time in the middle overs as Mohammad Nabi and Callum Parkinson weaved a web of spin. However, it was their batting which was responsible for their yet another defeat. Neil Dexter was the first man to be dismissed and Ben Raine, Mark Cosgrove, and Ateeq Javed were caught dismissed in quick succession.
The visitors were reduced to 22 for in the fifth over and the onus was on Mohammad Nabi, the hero of their last match, but he, too, could not do anything substantial. Skipper Colin Ackermann held one end and reached to his fifty in just 36 deliveries. His partnership with Ned Eckersley brought them back into the game. Ackermann fell for 74 in the penultimate over as the Foxes fell short by 14 runs.
Joe Clarke, Olly Westbury, Callum Ferguson, Brett D Oliveira, Ben Cox, Daryl Mitchell, Ross Whiteley, WD Parnell, Ed Barnard, Luke Wood, Patrick Brown.
Despite a prolific start, the Foxes have found themselves struggling at the bottom of the table. Worcestershire, on the other hand, have maintained consistency and are topping the table. Given the form and team on paper, Worcestershire appears to be the better of the two sides and are favorites to win the upcoming encounter.
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