About the Match
Northamptonshire is placed at the bottom of the points table and will host Warwickshire, who have 2 points from 2 matches and at the 6th position on 29th May at County Ground Stadium, Northampton. The hosts faced loss in their opening match but they will be hoping to get some forward momentum in the upcoming match; the visitors on the other hand, have had mixed results winning one game and losing the other but are looking forward to the challenge and grab 2 more points on Friday.
Northamptonshire lost their last match against Durham by a big margin 41 runs (D/L Method), failing to chase down the modified target of 89 runs in 8 overs; only Richard Levi top scored with 26 off 18, while others got out for single digits. They were all bowled out for just 47 runs; Shahid Afridi, Wiley and Cobb took 2 wickets each earlier. Losing the opening match would surely have hurt their morale but the team has many talented and experienced players, who can help the team bounce back in the next match against Warwickshire; with players like Levi and Kleinveldt, who will be available the entire season, the batting looks good if they can manage to see off the new ball. Young batsmen Adam Rossington and Cobb could shine while the fully fit David Wiley will surely lead from the front. Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi brings a wealth of experience, but now they will have to rely rely on new overseas seamer Rory Kleinveldt, who bowls accurate spells at a decent pace; with Wiley on the other end the duo forms an effective new ball partnership. The team is well prepared to give a tough challenge to the visitors and convert their efforts to a win here.
Warwickshire also known as Birmingham won the last match against Worcestershire by 18 runs after defending the modest total of 145 runs; Gordan’s superb 3-18 helped them bowl out the opposition for just 126 runs. Clarke also picked up 3 wickets and player of the match, Javid took 1-22 and also scored 18 runs from 22 balls. They helped the team secure their first victory of this season; earlier William Porterfield scored 27 off 15 while Patel scored 23 off 14. Warwickshire lost their opening match against the Notts by 8 wickets with 33 balls remaining despite Varun Chopra’s fantastic 80 off 61 balls. Overall, Warwickshire set high standards last summer, finishing in the top two; another successful season would depend on players like Porterfield, Chopra, Lewis, Evans, Clarke, Javed and Patel who look formidable. Overall, they have the talent and strength to move ahead and win more matches.
Although the Northants have the home advantage and a good balance of talent with both bat and ball, Warwickshire is a better side as far as recent performance goes. While both teams will come out all guns blazing and the contest is expected to go down to the wire, we feel that the Bears are better placed to emerge as the winner on Friday