About the Match
The second and third place holders in the north group, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire will face each other in the next match on 22nd July at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Warwickshire have 18 points from 12 matches, losing their last match against Lancashire but they have done enough to secure a quarter-final place. Northamptonshire on the other hand have 15 points from 12 matches and are also moving towards their goal to reach the next stage after claiming a six-wicket win over Yorkshire in the last week match but need to be cautious here. Both teams are eager to continue with their winning momentum and will come out all guns blazing on Wednesday.
Warwickshire was defeated by Lancashire by a narrow margin of 8 runs after failing to chase down the modest total of 145 runs; Brendon McCullum top-scored with 41 from 25 balls and Tom Lewis scored 22 from 21, after they lost wickets quickly but could muster only 137 runs in the end. Some tight bowling led by Jeetan Patel who took 2-14 helped their cause but others failed to impress; Oliver who also took 2 wickets gave away too many easy runs.
Their previous contest against Worcestershire had resulted in a 5-wicket victory after chasing down 161 runs successfully. Rikki Clarke fired with 52 runs from 43 balls and Laurie Evans posted 35 to help the team win the match with ease; bowlers performed well with Josh picking up 2-20.
Overall, they have done well in the tournament so far and will repeat their winning performance in upcoming matches also with talented and experienced players like Brendon McCullum, Tom Lewis, Rikki Clarke and Laurie Evans. Bowlers Recordo Gordon, Oliver, Josh, Jeetan Patel and Rikki Clarke have been consistent with the wickets and look good to take the team all the way to the title.
Northamptonshire defeated Yorkshire by 6 wickets with Ben Duckett’s career-best 40 in 26 balls while Alex Wakely smashed 46 off 42 balls to reach the target of 154 with an over to spare. Earlier the chase began confidently thanks to Rickard Levi who scored 30 runs and David Willey scoring 34. On the bowling front, Willey, Kleinveldt, Steven Crook, Azharullah, Graeme White and Joss Cobb took a wicket each to restrict Yorkshire to 153.
In the earlier match against Leicestershire they emerged victorious by a big margin of 9 wickets, thanks to Richard Levi’s superb unbeaten 67 off just 28 balls; Josh Cobb and Ben Duckett played a useful hand to reach the target of 115 in just 8.3 overs.
With power-packed batsmen like Richard Levi, Josh Cobb, Ben Duckett, Steven Crook and Alex Wakely, they are strong to enough in set up challenging totals or chasing one with ease. The bowling unit revolves around Azharullah, Steven Crook, Rory Kleinveldt, Josh Cobb and Graeme White whohave been taking wickets at regular intervals to stifle the opponent.
It will surely be a tough fight between Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, who have great talent and experienced players to turn the match in their favour at any stage. Northamptonshire with three consecutive wins have raised their confidence levels; according to overall performance Warwickshire is a much better unit than Northamptonshire and we expect them to overcome the challenge and win the upcoming match.