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|Jacob Daniel Libby||11||8||2||0||137.50|
|Billy Ashley Godleman||14||15||2||0||93.33|
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are getting ready to take on each other for the second time in the Vitality Blast 2018. The first occasion result in an easy victory for Nottingham, however, Derbyshire has found its feet in the tournament since then. The trajectory for both the teams coming into this match has been very different and Nottingham will be wary of a dangerous opponent.
Derbyshire seems to have recovered from a poor start to the campaign and is now squarely in the middle of the table standings. A win against Nottingham, who is directly above it in the table, will certainly do it a lot of good.
After winning three out of its first four matches, Nottinghamshire has only registered one victory from its last four matches. That is a poor run for the defending champions and a team that was highly fancied before the tournament began.
The recent losses for Nottinghamshire have come because of their inconsistent batting display. Players like Wessels, Moores, Samit Patel, and Mullaney have been far too inconsistent this season. The best batsman for Nottingham right now is Dan Christian who routinely bats way down the order.
His 311 runs in 8 matches so far make him a candidate to bat higher up the order where his form can be better utilized for the team. Derbyshire has a strong bowling lineup that will test the Nottinghamshire batting and another collapse cannot be ruled out.
Nottinghamshire needs to get its batting in order ahead of this crucial phase in the tournament. A lot of its batsmen have scored runs in fits but none of them is consistently providing the team a platform.
Ish Sodhi and Harry Gurney are the leading wicket-takers for the team with 11 wickets each to their name. Sodhi has become a very dependable T20 bowler that can keep the runs down while picking up the crucial breakthroughs. He and Gurney will be the ones that Nottinghamshire looks to when the going gets tough even as they hope for Samit Patel to find his form with the ball.
Riki Wessels, Tom Moores, Jake Libby, Steven Mullaney, SR Patel, DT Christian, Billy Root, Luke Fletcher, Jake Ball, IS Sodhi, Harry Gurney.
After losing its opening four matches of the tournament a lot of questions were being asked about Derbyshire’s team selection and strategy going into the Vitality Blast 2018 but four wins from their last four matches have shut their detractors up.
Runs from their leading players like Madsen, MacLeod, Godleman in the last few matches have helped Derbyshire rectify the lack of runs they had been suffering from in the beginning.
Critchley is not doing his reputation any harm either thanks to the 22 run last over heist he engineered over Yorkshire. The Derbyshire batting unit looks infinitely more capable than just a few matches ago and that should be a warning to their upcoming opponents.
The design of this Derbyshire team was around its bowing, specifically the fast bowling. The team has 3-4 world class bowlers in its side for any match. Lockie Ferguson is leading the charge for Derbyshire with 12 wickets to his name at an economy rate of just 7.13.
Wahab Riaz has got into the thick of things as well while Ravi Rampaul and Hardus Viljoen test the batsmen out on all occasions. The four of them provide an unmatched depth in bowling resources to the Derbyshire squad.
Critchley, Madsen, and Hughes have contributed with the ball as well.
On current form, this Derbyshire side is going to be tough to stop.
BA Godleman, Calum MacLeod, WL Madsen, Anuj Dal, GC Wilson, Hardus Viljoen, MJJ Critchley, AL Hughes, Ravi Rampaul, Wahab Riaz, Lockie Ferguson.
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The weather forecast for Nottinghamshire is excellent and we should get a full game in without any interruptions. The pitch at Trent Bridge is excellent for batting and it has some ridiculously small boundaries. Both sides have a decent batting lineup and there should be plenty of runs to be had.
We think we could see 190 as being a par score on this occasion.
Derbyshire is coming into this match red hot and seems to have found a nice balance for itself. The recent form of both sides is poles apart and we believe that is something to consider. Derbyshire looks like the side to get over the line in this one.
Back Derbyshire to win.
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