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Both Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire suffered a crucial loss in their last game and come into this encounter with a lot at stake. The North table is packed right now and all but Northamptonshire have a chance of qualifying. Yorkshire is fourth on the league table but a loss in this game could leave it vulnerable to those chasing behind. Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire will need a win in this match to stay abreast with the leaders or their campaign could derail completely.
The defending champions are under threat of being knocked out even before the quarterfinals and they must win this match to get their campaign back on track. A poor batting performance against the Birmingham Bears saw Nottinghamshire being knocked over for just 152. The bowlers could also not have to much impact on the game as Birmingham chased it with almost four overs to spare.
These are not good signs for Nottinghamshire ahead of a tough clash against Yorkshire. The bowling will be key as a strong Yorkshire batting side comes hard at them.
Gurney and Sodhi are going to be the key for Nottinghamshire in this match. Both the players have taken the most wickets for the side and are also the most economical bowlers of the lot. A poor season for Samit Patel, Dan Christian, and Mullaney with the ball has meant that Nottinghamshire has struggled to defend par scores.
The batting is also not in the best of knick as runs continue to evade the top order. Moores, Wessels, Christian, and Mullaney have played a few good innings in the tournament but they need something special from a player like Hales to re-invigorate the side.
Hales and Wessels are our picks for the players most likely to score runs against Yorkshire in this must-win encounter.
Riki Wessels, AD Hales, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, SR Patel, DT Christian, Jake Libby, Billy Root, Luke Fletcher, IS Sodhi, Harry Gurney.
Yorkshire lost its second match against Lancashire in the Vitality Blast 2018 and comes into this match with its position in the top-4 under threat. It was a strange performance from Yorkshire. They lost Adam Lyth early but then recovered brilliantly to put the pressure on Lancashire.
A score of 200 seemed to be on the cards when Tom Kohler-Cadmore and David Willey were batting but then came a sudden collapse. Kane Williamson, Gary Balance, Tattersall, and Bresnan could not provide the impetus at the end that the inning needed.
As a result, Yorkshire ended with a decent score of 181, well short of what they seemed likely to get at one stage in the match.
A disappointing bowling performance followed as Yorkshire was unable to challenge the Lancashire batsmen at all. David Willey, Brooks, and Bresnan all failed to pick up a single wicket. Azeem Rafiq only bowled two overs and was very expensive as well.
A similar performance against Nottinghamshire could be disastrous. The defending champions are struggling in the competition but they have a decent batting lineup and Yorkshire would be well aware of that.
Both the teams are going to be playing back to back matches and will not have much time to change strategies or personnel from the last game so most of the same players should be in action.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, David Willey, KS Williamson, GS Ballance, Jonathan Tattersall, Harry Brook, Jordan Thompson, Azeem Rafiq, Matthew Fisher, Jack Brooks.
The team winning the toss is likely to field first
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Rain has been forecast in the day and even though it should clear up before the match starts, the outfield could be a little heavy and make run-scoring tough. Trent Bridge offers up one of the best batting surfaces in the country and we fully expect the ground to live up to that reputation.
A score of around 180 should be considered par, especially considering the strength of the two sides.
Nottinghamshire managed to get past Yorkshire in a very high scoring match the last time these two teams met. This time, though, we have a feeling that Yorkshire is in a better space and should be able to edge out this match.
Back Yorkshire to win.
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