About the Match
Table toppers in Group B, Notts will take on Middlesex in the upcoming match at Lord’s on 6th August; they presently have 9 points from 5 matches played after defeating Lancashire in the last outing by 4 wickets. Middlesex on the other hand has 5 points from five matches and had registered victory against Sussex by a narrow margin of 3 runs in the previous contest. Both teams have in-form batsmen and bowlers, who are determined to take their team to the next stage and will provide quite an entertaining contest on Thursday at Lord’s.
Nick Gubbins powered 141 off 113 deliveries when his team batted first against Sussex; he receied equal support from Dawid Malan, who posted a brilliant 131 off 115 balls to steer the team to a massive 367. John Simpson played his part in the middle, posting a well-made half century from just 25 deliveries; the bowlers then teamed up to demolish the opponent and stop them at 305, to earn victory by 3 runs. Junaid Khan and Roland-Jones took 2 wickets each while Dexter provided the opening break and went on to register 3-46 in his 7 over spell.
In the earlier match against Hampshire however, the batsmen fell like a pack of cards, getting all-out for a meagre 117 runs by the 33rd over. Captain Eoin Morgan got out for a duck and so did Malan, Robson and Gubbins; it was a poor show and they will need to be cautious here against the Notts.
The bowlers couldn’t impress with their skills in the match against Hampshire but they look good to repeat the winning tactics from the last match; overall, they have the determination and experience to succeed in the upcoming contest.
The bowlers have been contributing to their victories and they definitely make the team a formidable one to reckon with; Samit Patel, Imran Tahir and Jake Ball bring the variety to the attack and with others like Gurney, Mullaney and Hutton in the squad, they have been able to stifle opponents with ease.
In the match against Lancashire, James Taylor posted a well-made 56 off 77, leading the team from the front while Chris Read and Hutton joined hands to take the team across the finish line with 20 balls to spare. Against Essex, they successfully chased a target of 269 runs with the captain once again being brilliant with the bat; Taylor posted an unbeaten 94 off 112 while Samit Patel, showed off his all-rounder skills coming in at No.5 to score a heroic 124 runs from just 112 balls.
Their strengths in batting have taken them to the top of the group while the bowlers provide a definite advantage against other teams; overall, they have the skills and young talent to keep them going with the winning momentum.
While Middlesex has a well-balanced team of batsmen and bowlers, Nottinghamshire has the performance record and psychological advantage in its favour; although the match could swing either way, we feel that the Notts will dominate yet again and win the match on Thursday