About the Match
A top of the clash between Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire should be an exciting one. The stakes are high as the winner will be the clear leader of the North group. Both the teams look set to make it to the final four this season but they still need another couple of wins to be certain.
The Outlaws have been on a tear in the NatWest T20 Blast over their last few matches. Their last match required a seemingly tricky chase of 184 from them which they turned into an absolute cakewalk, finally achieving the target in 13.5 overs with five wickets to spare.
A tight table can lead to the net run rate being an important factor and this is why wins like these could have a huge bearing going forward.
The star of the show was Alex Hales who almost equaled Chris Gayle’s record of the fastest T20 century by scoring 95 off 30 balls. It was an exhibition of the cleanest hitting that one could hope to see as Hales smashed 9 sixes in his innings.
By the time Hales got out the match as effectively over.
Hales has 445 runs to his name with 18 sixes to his name. This puts the achievements of Riki Wessels into some perspective as the fellow Outlaw opener has 425 runs to his name in the same number of innings and 21 sixes in the tournament so far.
Both of the players have combined to be an absolute fearsome opening pair.
Brendan Taylor, Dan Christian, and Moores too have contributed essential runs to allow Hales and Wessels complete freedom at the top.
Outlaws also have one of the most impressive bowlers in the tournament, Samit Patel, who has taken 12 wickets so far at an economy rate of 7.00. He, along with Ball, Gurney and Sodhi are an excellent bowling unit.
The Birmingham Bears were not expected to do much in this tournament and for a while it looked like the fans were right to have low expectations. Some fantastic performances and never say die attitude has helped the Bears to stay right at the top of the table.
A win here would be their 7th
in the tournament and will go a long way in securing their place in the final four.
Their last match against Worcestershire showed the inconsistent side of this team as they first gave up 190 runs and then fell short by 5 runs. It was a close match no doubt but one that they would have expected to win more times than not.
The Bears continue to persist with Ian Bell at the top of the order, a mistake in our opinion, and end up playing their best strikers too late.
Colin de Grandhoome and Grant Elliot are excellent T20 players that must be promoted up the order to wreck the maximum damage possible.
The Bears owe a lot of their success to Jeetan Patel who has 16 wickets in the competition at an unbelievable economy rate of 6.25. How he goes against the strong Nottinghamshire batting will go a long way in deciding the outcome of this match.
Boyd Rankin, Grant Elliot, and Kieth Braker have also had decent tournaments but will need to be at their absolute best In this match.
Pitch and Conditions
The batting conditions have been absolutely brilliant in this tournament but the weather may not co-operate this time around. A little bit of rain just around the time of the match has been forecast but we can hope that it does not hit the ground.
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