About the Match
Worcestershire with 4 points stand at the 5th position presently and will host Nottinghamshire, who also have 4 points and placed 4th, on 7th June in the north group league match. The hosts defeated Northants by 14 runs in the recent match which saw the batsmen dominate the opposition to grab two valuable points; on the other hand Nottinghamshire suffered a loss against the Leics by 6 wickets as they were unable to defend 148 runs. Both teams are placed quite close to each other on the points table and will try their best to outwit the other on Sunday to move ahead in their campaign.
They have had a mixed run so far, losing the previous match against Leics by 6 wickets and winning the match against Durham by 15 runs, in which Riki Wessels top-scored by smashing 67 off 41 balls to help the team set a good total of 175 runs. Samit Patel’s 46 off 39 was another highlight of the innings but the rest of the middle-order batsmen couldn’t make an impact. The bowlers performed well to help the team defend the competitive total with Sammy and Fletcher taking 2 wickets each while Mullaney and Ball claimed a wicket each to bowl out the opponents for 160 runs. However, against the Leics the batting line-up could only manage 148 runs despite Alex Hales’ 54 off 42 and Brendan Taylor’s 47 off 36; the bowlers failed to defend the total on this occasion although Jake Ball finished with a figure of 3-42 and Stuart Broad contributed with a wicket. They are a talented side and have the determination to succeed in the upcoming match provided the batsmen can come out all guns blazing against a strong bowling attack of the hosts.
A brilliant 131-run opening stand by Ali and Mitchell helped the team post a humungous total of 211 runs against Northamptonshire on Friday; while Ali posted a heroic 90 off 50 balls, Mitchell scored valuable 43 runs from just 31 deliveries to keep the scoreboard ticking. Kohler-Cadmore and Whiteley kept the momentum up and helped the team finish up on a strong position. Saeed Ajmal’s stupendous 3-53 and 2 wickets each from Shantry and Leach ensured the Worcs crossed the finish line toward victory by a margin of 14 runs. Against Leicestershire too they registered a win by 6 wickets with 14 balls to spare after reaching the target of 148 runs by the 18th over itself; Daryl Mitchell once again played a captain’s knock as he scored 53 off 47 to start the chase on a good note. Although the middle order couldn’t contribute with the big runs, Cox and Whiteley played useful hands to take the team safely home. The bowlers were exceptional as they gelled well as a unit to restrict the opposition to a lowly total; overall, with the inclusion of overseas spin bowlers like Ajmal and Senanayake, the team’s strength has increased and with the batsmen being in good form, Worcs definitely has the firepower to win the upcoming match.
Although the Notts have recently suffered defeat and will be motivated to bounce back with a win here, we feel that Worcestershire will combine their resources to put up a stiff challenge to the visitors and win the match on Sunday in front of the home crowd.
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