About the Match
Northamptonshire are at the bottom of the table in the north group with zero points from 3 matches; they will host Derbyshire, who have 2 points from 4 matches, on 11th June at Northampton. Both teams are in a critical condition and need to win the upcoming matches to keep their campaigns alive; Northamptonshire is the only county without a win so far but they are looking forward to turn their fortunes against Derbyshire on Thursday. The visitors on the other hand have remained unimpressive till now, managing a solo victory against Lancashire but they too will be eager to add two valuable points to their kitty with a win in the next match.
Northamptonshire lost their 3rd successive match against Worcestershire by 14 runs after failing to chase a mammoth total of 212; Levi and Cobb’s second-wicket partnership resulted in 65 runs from 6 overs but it wasn’t enough. Cobb’s 80 off 44 balls was his highest T20 score while Levi scored 42 off 28 to help post 197. They faced a similar fate against Warwickshire, who drowned them by a margin of 5 wickets. Batting first, they posted 146 runs with the help of Levi’s 58 off 48 balls. However, the bowlers failed to restrict the opposition from reaching the target despite Azharullah claiming 3-30. The team has the talent and experience to bounce back with players like Cobb and Levi who top scored in the previous matches and look good to continue with their form in the upcoming match as well. But batsmen like Alex Wakely and Adam Rossington should fulfil their responsibilities with equal measure while it’s time for all-rounders like David Willey and Shahid Afridi to come out all guns blazing. The bowling depends on Azharullah, Rory Kleinveldt, Steven Crook and Cobb, who need to focus on getting regular breakthroughs to restrict the opposition to low totals.
Derbyshire lost their previous encounter against Durham by a narrow margin of 5 runs; Tillakaratne Dilshan hit 54 off 49 balls but couldn’t save them from defeat. At the end, they lost 4 wickets for four runs in eight balls chasing the target of 147. On the bowling front, Dilshan and Nathan Rimmington picked up 2 wickets each but the others failed to make an impact. In their 3rd match, they defeated Lancashire by five wickets, registering their first win of the season; Hashim Amla top-scored with 51 off 37 balls while Dilshan scored 38 off 33 balls to help the team to reach the modest total of 128 runs. Wayne White scalped 3-21 while Ben Cotton and Tony Palladino took 2 wickets each to take the team home safely. Overall, the team consists of many explosive top order batsmen like Dilshan, Amla and Chesney Hughes who contributed well in the previous matches. Tom Paynton, Wes Durston, Billy Godleman and Scott Elstone should re-assess their weak points while batting and execute to plan. Their bowling attack has the talents of Dilshan, Ben Cotton, Nathan Rimmington, Wayne White, Shiv Thakor and Wes Durston; they do have the ability to bounce back on Thursday.
Both teams have performed poorly in the tournament so far although Northamptonshire put up quite an impressive fight in their last outing compared to Derbyshire. With the home advantage on their side, we expect the Northants to finally register a much-needed win here