About the Match
With their recent win against Leicestershire on 20th Jul, Nottinghamshire has 16 points and are up against Northants, who have 11 points so far, on 23rd July at Northampton. Northants have just lost their match against Worcestershire on 18th July by a huge margin of 31 runs, chasing 162 whereas Nottinghamshire had a fantastic win by 31 runs against Leicestershire defending a small total of just 121 runs. Nottinghamshire has been winning games by their good teamwork, either in chasing or defending moderate targets whereas the Northants have been losing matches because of batting and bowling failures, not able to complement each other’s good work.
Nottinghamshire defended a very small total of 121 for 9 against Leicestershire on 20th July successfully as their bowlers led by Fletcher took 3 wickets and others shared the honors in reducing the opponent to just 90 runs in 18.3 overs. Their win on 8th Jul against Warwickshire by 6 runs while defending a moderate total of 158 for 9, was because of a good work by their bowlers Mullaney, Patel and Spiegel. Though their openers have not been consistent, they have depth in batting in the form of Wessels and Taylor who are able to rotate strikes and build partnerships whenever they are at the crease. Earlier they inflicted defeat on Yorkshire on 28th June in defending a moderate total of 143 for 9 and dismissing Yorkshire for 121; Fletcher and Gurney came up well in their bowling to claim 3 and 2 wickets each in containing the Yorkshire batsmen. They have the resilience in batting and demonstrate good team work with a determined approach in registering emphatic wins and they should not have any difficulty in the present encounter against the Northants.
Northants failed as a team to reach the target of 162 set by Worcestershire on 18th Jul after their bowlers Azharullah and Spriegel did a good job of taking 3 and 2 wickets respectively, not allowing the batsmen to score freely. They made early breakthrough by claiming the wicket of opener Oliver who departed without scoring, and took wickets regularly containing the batsmen. In chasing 162, the openers Levi and Willey gave a good start in making 42 runs for the opening stand; but the rest of the batsmen were unable to build good partnerships and kept losing wickets regularly, and lost the match by 31 runs. Their openers Levi and Willey laid a good foundation of 96 runs in 10.3 overs while chasing the target of 191 set by Derbyshire on 11th July successfully. Their win against Warwickshire by 15 runs on 3rd July while defending 139 made after losing openers Levi and Willey cheaply was another example of their team effort. With good resources in hand, they are capable of trouncing the Notts in their home territory.
Though the Northants have the home advantage, Nottinghamshire has the required might and resources to win the contest on Wednesday and maintain their significant lead.
Nottinghamshire Outlaws, 1.53 @ Bet365