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Durham's king-size victory in their previous match has thrown the North Group of Vitality T20 Blast wide open. However, the situation stays to be critical for both Northamptonshire and Derbyshire who are yet to register a win in the tournament. One of the team will probably taste a win in a day's time as Northamptonshire hosts Derbyshire in what would be the fifth game for both the sides. A win here might just be the kick which both teams are looking for to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.
The Northants depend heavily on Ben Duckett, Richard Levi, Joshua Cobb, and Steven Crook and their collective failure in a rain-curtailed game saw Northants lose their fourth game in this year's edition.
Thanks to continuous afternoon showers, their last match was shortened to 13 overs a side and their bowlers needed to bowl defensive deliveries upfront. Not only did their failure to contain Worcestershire, they could not pick up quick wickets. They ended up conceding 130 runs in 13 overs. Rory Kleinveldt was hammered all around the park as the paceman was taken for 36 runs in his 2 overs. Sanderson was their most economical bowlers with the figures of 2-0-19-0 as all other bowlers bowled with an economy rate of more than 12.
Chasing 131 in 13 overs is generally seen as an easy target, but not when you lose four wickets for 20 runs. Northants needed a quick burst from their openers, but not only the openers, all their top-order batsmen failed to fire and they were eventually restricted to 89 for 6 in 13 overs. Alex Wakely did try his best with a 54-run knock of just 21 deliveries, but due to no support from the rest of the batsmen, they fell short of the target by 42 runs.
Richard Levi, Ben Duckett, Josh Cobb, Kyle Coetzer, Alex Wakely, Steven Crook, Luke Procter, Rory Kleinveldt, S Prasanna, Brett Hutton, Ben Sanderson.
Derbyshire's story isn't too different from that of Northamptonshire. Similar to them, they too have lost four out of four and are still looking to get off the mark as far as points table is concerned.
They could have salvaged a win in their last match, but poor finish from their middle order batsmen meant them falling short by 12 runs. Their bowlers were splendid in restricting Lancashire Lightning on just 157 runs. Wahab Riaz bowled with pace and aggression and picked up 2 wickets for 20 runs in his four overs. Alex Hughes and Matt Critchley contributed with two wickets each.
They made a mess of a relatively easier target with no batsmen looking to apply himself and stay at the wicket. Similar to their last matches, Calum Macleod and Wayne Madsen tried to push things, but there's only so much they could do. Their ploy of sending Wahab Riaz as pinch-hitter failed miserably as he could score just 16 runs off 11 delivers. All in all, they started too slowly and left too much for the tail to do which eventually led to their loss.
BA Godleman, Calum MacLeod, Wayne Madsen, Anuj Dal, GC Wilson, MJJ Critchley, AL Hughes, Hardus Viljoen, Wahab Riaz, Lockie Ferguson, Ravi Rampaul.
Both the teams are searching for their first win and unless it rains at Northampton and match is washed out, one of the teams will get it. Derbyshire have been terrible in this season with no consistency with the bat except Calum Macleod. Northamptonshire, on the other hand, have done better as compared to Derbyshire and have the upper hand in this upcoming home game.
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