About the Match
Northamptonshire won against Leicestershire comfortably by 9 wickets and now have 13 points from 11 matches, occupying the 3rd position in the north group; they kept their chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals alive and will now face Yorkshire on 17th July at County Ground, Northampton. Yorkshire, with only 9 points are at the bottom of the table and might be knocked-out of the tournament as they have suffered another heavy defeat by 74 runs against Worcestershire in the last match. With the league stage nearing completion, the hosts will look to grab two more valuable points whereas Yorkshire would be eager to redeem itself with a win here.
Richard Levi fired his 21st T20 half-century as Northamptonshire gunned down a target of 112 from 10 overs, with nine balls to spare. His superb unbeaten 67 off just 28 balls along with Josh Cobb’s quick 22 and Ben Duckett’s smashing 24 off 13 helped Northamptonshire reach the target without any worry. On the bowling front, Graeme White, Rory Kleinveldt and Olly Stone picked up a wicket each to restrict the opponent.
Northamptonshire also came up with a win against Derbyshire by 3 runs D/L method wherein Josh Cobb top-scored with 48 off 32 balls, Richard Levi posted 42 runs while Adam Rossington and Rob Keogh scored 20+ runs to help the team post a respective total of 155. Bowlers Azharullah held his nerve to bowl a superb last over conceding only five runs and took a wicket with the final ball; Graeme White picked up 2 wickets to restrict the opponent to 140.
Overall, with players like the in-form Richard Levi, Josh Cobb, Ben Duckett, Steven Crook and Alex Wakely, they are a tough side to reckon with. The bowling unit has Azharullah, Rory Kleinveldt, Steven Crook, Josh Cobb and Graeme White, who have been consistently picking up wickets.
Yorkshire surrendered another defeat, this time against Worcestershire by a big margin of 74 runs; they were bowled out for just 117 runs in 17 overs while chasing the mammoth total of 191. Jack Leaning top-scored with 27, Andrew Gale scored 24 runs and Alex Lees scored 20 off 13 balls but the others couldn’t support much to reach the target. With the ball, Liam Plunket took 3 wickets but proved to be expensive while Will Rhodes took 2-30.
They also lost their previous match against Derbyshire by 4 wickets; despite Glenn Maxwell’s 45 from 29 balls and Jack Leaning’s 37 from 22, Yorkshire could only manage 146 runs on board. Tim Bresnan, Plunkett, Fisher and Maxwell took a wicket each at regular intervals but collectivelyfailed to defend the total.
It has been a rough season for them but they have the talent and fire-power to bounce back; Glenn Maxwell, Andrew Gale, Alex Lees and Jack Leaning performed quite well in the previous match while Jonathan Bairstow, Tim Bresnan and Liam Plunkett are required to get back to business.
Yorkshire is low on confidence with 2 successive defeats but mightcome back stronger here to redeem themselves; Northamptonshire on the other handhas a strong batting line-up and an in-form bowling attack, which makes them better placed to win the upcoming contest and make it 3 wins in a row.