About the Match
It would be tough mountains to climb for struggling Sussex when they face challenge from the table topper Nottinghamshire in Yorkshire Bank 40 match at Tent Bridge, Nottingham on 21st June 2013 at 15:10 GMT. Nottinghamshire is sitting pretty at the top of the table with 7 wins out of as many matches. For Sussex, it is now-or-never kind of match as they only have 6 points with 2 wins and 2 no results out of their 8 encounters. This is first clash between these two county sides for this season and it promises to be high-profile drama with the inclusion of some international players.
Nottingham is the team to beat this season. They have been all over their opponents since they roll over Northamptonshire by 83 runs in their opening game of the tournament. J Taylor is in the form of his life and he is skillfully supported by the players like S Patel in the middle order and opening pair of Lumb and Hales. Bowling combination of H Gurney, A Shahjad, S Mullaney and S Patel could torment any batting lineup. Looking at the skills of their players and current form, Nottingham clearly starts as the heavyweight favorites against hit-and-miss Sussex. No team has managed to get past Nottinghamshire in this season and they surely will be a tough team to beat for Sussex as well.
It has been stop-and-start season for Sussex. They didn’t start their campaign well at all as they lost to Worcestershire by 93 runs. In next four matches, they avoided further losses by two of those matches were washed out leaving them with 6 points after 5 matches. Since then it has been a sorry story for Sussex as they lost to Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Kent in their last three matches. Anything less than a win would possibly close the doors for the entry in the next round. Sussex’s opening pair of Nash and Wells is not giving them starts they would have liked and middle order is also shaky. To say the least, their bowlers and batsmen have to perform together to beat in form Nottinghamshire. And their captain has to lead from the front by setting examples. Sussex didn’t have best of the season so far, but they can definitely surprise any team with some exciting cricket.
It is a game between table toppers and a team struggling to get some momentum going. The beauty of Cricket lies in its uncertainties. Sussex is a good team composed of some fine young players, but can they topple the table toppers? Nottinghamshire has an excellent squad with players in fabulous form. In addition to that, home conditions and support would certainly help Nottinghamshire. Nottinghamshire is definitely looking to be a better side in this important fixture and is my pick for the game.
Nottinghamshire, 1.80 @ Bet365