About the Match
The Northants topped the North Group with 9 points and will face Surrey, who finished fourth in the South Group with 9 points too, in the 3rd Quarter Final at Northampton on 18th August. The hosts have performed well so far in the tournament and will try to dominate Surrey on Thursday to keep their campaign alive; on the other hand, Surrey has had a mixed run till now but they can try to outwit the favourites here to cause an upset. Both teams are determined to do well on the field and the side that can perform under crunch situations will be better placed to get that much closer to the title.
Fast-bowler Richard Gleeson is in terrific form as seen in recent outings, wherein he took 5-47 against Worcs and took 4 scalps against Derbyshire, to restrict the opponents from setting big totals and chase down targets. Graeme White has also been taking wickets consistently and will be a vital asset along with Gleeson, Kleinveldt, Azharullah and Steven Crook. Keogh and Cobb bring the spin tactics to the fore and can bring variety to the bowling attack.
The batting line-up consists of in-form top-order players like Josh Cobb, Ben Duckett, Keogh, Wakely and Rossington, who can build strong partnerships whether batting first or during chase; the team has a long tail which can keep the scoreboard ticking with all-rounders like Crook and Kleinveldt. Against Worcs, Duckett and Rossington posted 80+ runs each while Crook scored a well-made 52 to take the total to 319 runs.
In the game against Derbyshire, Cobb and Duckett registered a 116-run opening stand while Keogh, Wakely and Rossington performed well to chase down 273 with ease. Overall, they have a strong combination of experienced batsmen and result-oriented bowlers who can help win the match.
They have a strong top and middle-order with players like Steven Davies, Jason Roy, Aaron Finch, Ben Foakes and all-rounders like Ansari, Sam and Tom Curran, who can help turn around the match in their favour. Chasing 102 runs in 16 overs against Middlesex, Foakes and Ansari stood firmly to post 45 and 29 runs respectively after the top order had collapsed, and took the team safely home.
Earlier, Tom Curran and Jade Dernbach had used their pace skills to take 5 wickets between them while Meaker and Batty provided breakthroughs to restrict the opposition. Spinner Batty’s 5-41 against the Gloucs helped them win the match by a massive 165 runs while Dernbach and Meaker took 5 wickets between them.
Against Gloucs, Sam Curran showcased his all-rounder skills as he posted a well-made 57 and also put up a disciplined spell with the ball; Roy and Davies are in good form with the bat and can bud the foundation while Sibey, Burns and Foakes can stabilize the middle-order. They too have good depth in their batting line-up and with an in-form bowling attack, can post a stiff challenge here.
Both teams have a long batting line-up that can help them set up strong totals or defend targets with ease; while Surrey has many match-winning all-rounders, we feel that Northants with the home advantage and a better bowling attack are clear favorite to win the match on Thursday.