About the Match
We are into the third week of Natwest T20 Blast and we'll see Northamptonshire visit Nottingham to take on the Outlaws on 22nd of July. Trent Bridge was a lucky ground for Nottinghamshire last year as they won five out of six games there. Despite Alex Hales availability and his form, the Outlaws haven't been able to deliver the way their fans would have liked. Northamptonshire, on the other hand, have clawed their way back into the competition beautifully.
Northamptonshire didn't start the tournament the way they'd have liked, but they haven't looked back after registering their first win. After being winless in their first two matches, Northamptonshire have won three games in a row and will be looking to carry the momentum forward.
Their batting relies on the duo of Ben Duckett and Joshua Cobb. Duckett already has two fifties to his name with Cobb always chipping in with a few cameos. The addition of Tabraiz Shamsi has improved their bowling massively. Rory Kleinveldt and Tabraiz Shamsi have taken four wickets each so far and their bowling will look forward to the South African duo to do the goods again. Their last match against Leicestershire was affected by rain, but they still managed to steal a win by two runs.
Northamptonshire do not have a strong record against Notts and they'd be looking to improve it considering the momentum they have. They've done well after initial losses and they'll be looking to make it four in a row.
The availability of Alex Hales was a big boost for them, but despite his availability and good show so far, they haven't delivered been up to the mark. They've managed to win just one game out of three played so far. However, that one win was in their previous match against Derbyshire who were going strong in the competition.
Batsmen found the much-needed rhythm at their home ground as they scored a whopping 227 runs total for the loss of just three wickets. Riding on the ton by Rikki Wessels and a fluent fifty by Brendan Taylor, Notts made it up for early wickets of Alex Hales and Samit Patel and their batting never looked out of touch. Hales has looked in nice rhythm and a failure in the previous match was a rare one.
Although they defended the total, their bowlers weren't as impressive as their batsmen. All bowlers were thwarted for runs as their most economical bowlers was Harry Gurney bowling who went at 8.50 runs an over. Overall, Notts have a strong lineup, but their bowling appears to be struggling. If bowlers can step on the gas pedal and bring in their 'A Game', we'll be up for a superb game on Saturday
Northants are going well after the initial wobble and getting better with every game. Notts, on the other hand, haven't really got off to the start they wanted but came good in their last match against Derbyshire. Notts have a strong record against Northants and excellent record at Trent Bridge which makes them favorites to win this upcoming match.