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After a sluggish start, the defending champions, Nottinghamshire, are back in the contention for the playoffs with an impressive win against Derbyshire. They have five wins from nine games and cannot have any slip-ups as we move towards the business end of the competition. Their next assignment is against Worcestershire who are coming on the back of a splendid win against Durham. The two teams are set to lock horns Trent Bridge on 4th August 2018 in what is expected to be a cracker of a game.
It was a day to remember for the reigning champions as Nottinghamshire came from behind to win a thrilling match against Derbyshire. After failing to set a total they were after, Nottinghamshire looked well on track to lose yet another match with Derbyshire at 93-2 while chasing a target of 167.
Ish Sodhi, however, had other ideas as he had the ball on a string and picked up 4 for 17, his best for the Notts, to rattle Derbyshire in the back end of the chase. Besides Ish Sodhi, Harry Gurney played an important role to restrict the Falcons as he got two important wickets and gave away only 33 runs in his four overs.
Batting first, Notts did not have the best of starts as they lost both Riki Wessels and Jake Libby early in the innings. Tom Moores lusty blows against Ravi Rampaul brought them back in the business as the Outlaws finished the powerplay with 37 for 3 on the board. Tom Moores and Dan Christian combined well to take Notts to take to 166 which proved to be a match-winning total in the end.
Riki Wessels, AD Hales, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, SR Patel, DT Christian, Jake Libby, Billy Root, Luke Fletcher, IS Sodhi, Harry Gurney.
Worcestershire are placed at the top in the points table, thanks to their most recent win, against Durham, where Ross Whiteley played a gem of an innings to rocket their team to a win, coming from behind.
Chasing a total of a tall order, Worcestershire got off to a poor start as they lost Joe Clark for just seven on the board. Moeen Ali and BL D'Oliveira reinforced their chase as they put together 60 runs in just six over. Their departure, however, in a space of just five deliveries halted their scoring rate. Calum Ferguson kept them in the hunt, but he too departed while trying to up the scoring rate. At 122 for 5 in 14.3 overs, the game looked all but lost for Worcestershire when Ross Whiteley jumped in and started hitting sixes from the word go. He departed with 10 required off five deliveries after scoring 26-ball 60 before Wayne Parnell finished the game with a couple of fours and a double.
Wayne Parnell and PR Brown were excellent with the ball for them as they returned with the figures of 4-0-22-2 and 4-0-29-2 respectively. However, none of the other bowlers could keep Durham's scoring rate in check as they finished just six runs short of 200.
Joe Clarke, Moeen Ali, Callum Ferguson, Brett D Oliveira, Ben Cox, Ross Whiteley, Ed Barnard, WD Parnell, Daryl Mitchell, Andy carter, Patrick Brown.
Nottinghamshire scored their 100th win in the domestic T20 competition against Derbyshire and became only the second county to achieve that feat. Their performance with the bat was subpar and they appear a little over-reliant on Dan Christian to provide them with a flourishing finish. On the other hand, Worcestershire came back from behind and displayed their batting depth to keep rampaging Durham at bay. Worcestershire are at the top of the table and due to the aforementioned reasons, we expect them to win this upcoming encounter as well.