About the Match
Warwickshire will play Northamptonshire at Edgbaston, Birmingham on August 26 in its last match of the Yorkshire Bank 40 Championship before heading home. With only 6 points on the table, Warwickshire is at the bottom of the group. On the other hand, Northamptonshire is battling it out with group leaders Nottinghamshire for a semi-final berth. They need to win this match to keep their hopes alive and will come out with all guns blazing on Monday.
After a massive defeat to Worcestershire by 140 runs, the team is placed at the bottom of the group. Though they managed a win against Kent by the D/L method, the batsmen didn’t stand a chance against pacer Cessford. They buckled under pressure and failed to reach the target of 291. The decision to rest key players has come back to haunt them after their disappointing losses. Jeetan Patel’s superb bowling accuracy yielded 4-43 and Piolet’s efforts of taking 3 wickets early on couldn’t stop the Worcs from posting a huge total. Though Coleman and Javid started out well, the batsmen were crushed by Cessford and Moeen’s attack. In the end it was Evans who was left battling alone. However his brave 47 off 52 balls couldn’t take his team home. The team needs to rise above their weaknesses and try to stay off the last place by registering a win here.
Their recent win against Netherlands by 4 wickets has kept their hopes alive for making it to the final four. With 15 points in the bag, they need to win this match to carry forward. Cameron White once again did well for the team and kept his cool while putting up an unbeaten 63 off 86 balls. His efforts were heroic indeed at a time when the rest of his team members fell like a pack of cards. White and Middlebrook put on board 86 runs to reach the target of 176 put up by Netherland. Earlier on, Azarullah and White had contributed well by taking 2 wickets each and restricting the opponents to a low total. Though Hall did well both with the ball and the bat, it was White who held it together and brought his team a much needed victory. The Northants have to come up with some surprises to win this crucial match and stay in the running for final four.
Riding high on recent wins, Northamptonshire is hungry for another victory and stay in the competition. They will put up a strong fight and use the strengths of their motivated players. On the other hand, Warwickshire has many key players missing and is unable to rise above. It needs to be seen if this final match can bring them some respite. Will Northamptonshire cruise to the semi-finals with a win here? Or will Warwickshire restrict them from doing so? I think that Northamptonshire will once again prove their superiority and win this crucial match.
Northamptonshire, 1.50 @ William Hill