About the Match
Kent will host Nottinghamshire on August 26th at St. Lawrence Ground, Canterbury for their final game. With just 12 points on the table, the hosts have lost any chance of making it to the semi-finals. The visitors, with 16 points and being group leaders still have a chance to make it to the final four if they win this crucial match. Both teams have lost their last two matches and will be looking to finish the group games of Yorkshire Bank 40 on a winning note.
After their disappointing loss to Warwickshire by D/L method, they lost all hopes to reserve a berth in the semi-finals. Chasing a target of 214 set by the opponents, Kent had almost made it when unforeseen circumstances forced them to finish the match going the D/L method. They feel short of the target by a mere 7 runs. Earlier Brendan Nash and Darren Stevens got off to a good start until Brendan was caught behind. Though Stevens continued his lone battle, there was not enough support from the opposite side. Tredwell and Stevens had both done extremely well by taking two wickets each earlier. However, their efforts couldn’t stop Warwickshire from posting a good total. The wicket of Robert Key was another blow to the team which faltered their chase. Kent has to come out strong in the upcoming match and improve their performances to finish the season on a high.
Nottinghamshire worked very hard to reach the top of the group this season. However, their recent losses pose a significant threat to their chances of making it to the final four. The visitors need to beat the hosts else they will be left behind by the other strong contenders. In the recent match against Sussex, opener Alex Hales kept his cool even when wickets kept falling in quick succession. His brilliant knock of 101off 89 balls with the help of Samit Patel helped the Notts build their innings. After Patel departed, it was David Hussey’s 82 off 64 balls that helped them post a huge total of 290. However, but for Ahmed Shahzad who took 3 wickets, the bowling department put up a poor show. The match slipped through their fingers and has put them in a tricky situation at this juncture. Monday’s match against Kent is a do-or-die contest for them and they need to have a positive attitude to win again.
Both the teams are equally matched and can turnaround their performances. Will Nottinghamshire put up a winning performance or be denied their last chance to make it to the semi-final? Will Kent put up a strong fight and finish off in style? The visitors need to rediscover their strengths and prove that they truly deserve a place in the final four. And Kent is looking for redemption after their narrow losses. However, it is more likely that Nottinghamshire will beat Kent in this crucial match to stay in the hunt.
Nottinghamshire, 1.50 @ William Hill