About the Match
Both Northamptonshire and Yorkshire have 5 points each from 4 matches played so far, with both having experienced the same record of wins and losses in the tournament but Yorkshire has an edge over the other in the NRR though it is of little relevance at this stage. The Northants have played the last match against Worcestershire about a fortnight ago, losing the game by a whopping margin of 5 wickets with nearly 6 overs to spare and these factors will weigh heavily in the minds of the players when they face the Yorks who have won the last match against Lancashire by 5 wickets with 3 balls to spare chasing a target of 179.
The Northants are playing the reverse match against the Yorks in their home ground, having played their 1st match against the same team on 16 May 2014, winning it by 3 wickets, the match going up to the penultimate ball. Butler was their biggest success with 4 wickets, accounting for the fall of the top order York batsmen; when the target of 163 was found difficult with the fall of 2 wickets in the 6th over putting them at 45 for 2, as opener Levi fell after scoring 19 off 15 balls and Coetzer running himself out without facing a ball, valiant efforts by Willey, Newton, Crook and Duckett saw them through at the penultimate ball, losing 7 wickets. Their 2 wicket win against Leicestershire in the next match, was also very narrow but the loss by 5 wickets to Worcestershire with 35 balls to spare in their last match, must be a nightmare, having elected to bat on winning the toss and the openers going well with 56 in 6th over, collapsing to 121 for 7 by the 19th over, mainly due to irresponsible batting down the order, rather than a dreaded bowling attack.
When the two sides met about a month ago, the Northants won the match with a ball to spare and 3 wickets in hand, chasing a target of 163 set by the Yorks who won the toss. Wickets fell regularly due to a sustained bowling attack headed by Butler and they were 6 down 87 by the 13th over and then came a gutful knock by Bresnan who made 34 from 21 balls and Plunkett smashing 36 off 22 balls, taking them to a respectable total of 162 for 7. Their spineless bowling attack could not defend the total with the Northants’ batsmen in full command, Crook hitting 29 off 18 balls and Duckett coming good with 39 off 29. Deploying 7 bowlers, only Plunkett, Pyrah and Sidebottom could succeed; the weakness in the bowling attack by the Yorks was wide open. Robinson has been successful against Leicestershire in the last match, in which they achieved a target of 179 with 3 balls to spare, mainly due to a blistering attack by opener Finch with 88 off 55 balls, with a 2nd wicket partnership of 99 runs. Will they be able to repeat this performance?
The contest will be a tug of war between the two equally matched teams but with their form and dominant spirit, the Northants are expected to win a well fought match.
Northamptonshire, 2.10 @ Bet365